NIGHT DRIVE (2021) Reviews and overview of mystery thriller

 

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‘Light traffic. Heavy sh*t.’

Night Drive is a 2021 American mystery thriller about a rideshare driver’s life that turned upside down by an enigmatic passenger.

Co-directed and co-produced by Brad Baruh (Dead Night 2017; producer of John Dies at the End) and Meghan Leon (making her feature directorial debut) from a screenplay written by the latter.

The movie stars AJ Bowen (Edge of Insanity; Satanic Panic; I Trapped the Devil; Dead Night), Sophie Dalah (Satanic; Dead Night), Lamar Bell, Reba Buhr, LeeAnn Demarco and Andrew Enloe.

Plot:

Russell (AJ Bowen) is a rideshare driver in Los Angeles who’s reeling from a series of bad decisions. While his life seems to be caught in a downward spiral, a business proposition from an alluring but enigmatic passenger named Charlotte (Sophie Dalah) proves too good to turn down. A simple night ride turns deadly, catapulting Russell into an even darker place, but Charlotte may be the key to a second chance he thought he’d never have… if he can make it through the night.

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Reviews:

” …the Christmas-time setting gives everything a bit of a Shane Black vibe. Night Drive is a Coen-esque comedy of errors, an entertaining and sometimes tense film that zigs when you think it will zag, building to an ending you’ll never see coming.” Fantastic Fest 2021

“Baruh and Leon have crafted a fun, thoroughly engaging thrill ride filled with humorous moments and sudden peril. They strike a perfect balance between comedy and suspense. Avoid spoilers and put Night Drive on your radar.” Horror Fuel

“It’s one thing to surprise the audience, but it’s another to pull the rug out from under them with a reveal that doesn’t add much to the story or offer much re-watch value for new observations. Solid performances and interesting characters go a long way to keep the audience buckled in with Night Drive, but distracting turns and a lack of effective suspense make this one ride you might want to pass up.” Killer Horror Critic

Night Drive falls just short of great but remains a neat, interesting character-based sci-fi story. The script is strong, and it’s a smart execution of a concept that hasn’t yet been done to death. While it’s undeniable that the film could benefit from the addition of a character or two, it still works well focused on the dynamic of that central pair.” The Pitch

” …you probably don’t want to expect anything in this film to be conventional. It’s one where the pieces all fit together, but the final picture isn’t what you expect. An engaging thriller with a nice dose of dark comedy, Night Drive is a film to go into knowing as little as possible. Its twists and surprises are too much fun to have spoiled.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

In the USA, Dark Sky Films will release Night Drive theatrically in select locations and On-Demand on August 6, 2021.

Notes:

According to the Fantastic Fest 2021 website, Night Drive was shot in 2019.

Cast and characters:

AJ Bowen … Russell
Sophie Dalah … Charlotte
Lamar Bell … Police Officer
Reba Buhr … Sarah
LeeAnn Demarco … Iris
Andrew Enloe … Bill
Jason Hillhouse … Hoagie Santa
Shawn Kade … Gurdjieff
Dianna Miranda … Marnia
Nathan Owen … PJ Man
Scott Poythress … Frank

Technical details:

82 minutes

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

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