Blu-ray Review: THE FARE

THE FARE was directed by D.C. Hamilton from a screenplay by Brinna Kelly who also stars alongside Gino Anthony Pesi and Jason Stuart. The music is by Torin Borrowdale.

When a charming woman named Penny climbs into his taxi, Harris finds himself entranced. That is, right up until she disappears from the back seat without a trace. As he desperately tries to make sense of what happened, he resets his meter and is instantly brought back to the moment she first climbed into his cab. He and Penny find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever.

The story for this romantic sci-fi thriller centers around Harris (Gino Anthony Pesi), a cab driver who picks up a mysterious woman named Penny (Brinna Kelly) and the two instantly hit it off. It’s almost like they know each other! The crazy thing is, every single time the cab reaches a certain point Penny disappears and then Harris has to relive these moments again and again but he’s able to remember more each time and so does Penny.

Actually, Penny knows what’s going on but she isn’t allowed to just tell Harris what’s happening so she gives him a few hints here and there until it all comes back to him. There’s a lot of suspense here because you don’t know if there’s some kind of time traveling element or rift that’s happening or if it’s actually aliens behind it all but finally the pieces of the puzzle start coming together. There’s a shocking twist that’s introduced as the movie plays out and it finally lets the viewer off the hook and reveals everything about these two people.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Fare ended up being just as described, a modern day take on a classic tale that draws the viewer in as the suspense builds and keeps you there until the credits roll. This romantic sci-fi thriller is driven by two things; its thought-provoking story and the two lead actors who deliver some really impressive performances as these star-crossed lovers. Gino Anthony Pesi and Brinna Kelly do a great job here and the chemistry shows on screen. D.C. Hamilton has delivered one of my favorites of 2019 and I think The Fare is destined for cult status. The use of black and white gives the movie a classic noir look at times and then it morphs into color and becomes something completely different. Needless to say, this cinematic love story is a multi-layered visual experience that’s beautifully shot. This is an extremely smart movie so pay close attention to the Easter Eggs throughout the watch because there’s all kinds of connections to Greek mythology in it and that’s what makes this little gem here so unique. The Fare is now available on Blu-ray and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Epic Pictures Group and DREAD

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) / Region Free / B&W and Color

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include eight featurettes, two audio commentary tracks, trailer, teaser and TV spot.

  • “Alternate Realities” — Unused Footage Montage (01:35)
  • Beyond FM (01:03)
  • Flashback Scene Breakdown (02:53)
  • Gag Reel (03:26)
  • “The Look of The Fare” – Joshua Harrison and D.C. Hamilton (09:02)
  • “Lost in the Fog” – Extended Sequence (04:37)
  • Original Opening (02:06)
  • “Secrets of The Fare” – Brinna Kelly (15:!7)
  • Audio Commentary with Director D.C. Hamilton
  • Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Producer Brinna Kelly
  • Trailer (01:03)
  • Teaser (01:04)
  • TV Spot (00:30)
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