Ryde Drives You To PLaces You May Not Like To Visit
Ryde Film Details
Brian Frank Visciglia (as Brian Visciglia)
Brian Frank Visciglia
Release Date: 15 September 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Running Time: 84 min
A new ride share service app called RYDE is taking over what used to be the Taxi industry. It’s cheaper and has more of a “friend giving you a ride” type of feel. With so many people using this fun new platform, how safe is it? When a PSYCHOPATH takes over the identity of a Ryde driver, everyone who uses this app will be at the mercy of this maniac. Getting a RYDE is as simple as a few clicks away, but getting out alive won’t be so easy.
When you catch a ride from a cab or Uber do you think for two seconds who might be the person in the car driving? Well, if this idea of danger frightens you than Ryde should be a thrill. Exploring the dangers of driving with strangers could be an interesting idea for a pitch but unfortunately, Ryde develops nothing more than this… You can expect lots of violence and blood but less of story.
Ryde is out now on VOD and it is directed and written by Brian Frank Visciglia and co-written by Dustin Frost and Kat Silvia.
I was interested in watching Ryde. Unfortunately, I left disappointed and angry at the director by not explaining anything about the urge of killing random people in LA and do not develop any characters. It was like I was watching an unexplained documentary of a serial killer in LA who drives his victims across town. Although the great visuals, Ryde doesn’t intend to create any terror and it doesn’t engage the viewer…
The biggest problem here is the script. While there’s no real storyline, only sub-linear plots about couples struggling and partygoers, the dialogues seemed forced most of the time. Although I liked David Wachs’ cold attitude and his bland expressions to a numb character, it was necessary some craziness involved in his character, especially near the climax. I wanted more of an evolved character, more of a Christian Bale on American Psycho screaming and terrorizing his victims.
One other problem I had with the film is its lots of violence towards women and exposing a lot of nudity of women on screen. I won’t say I’m against that on film, but since there’s no real motive and any evolution of personality of the characters throughout the film, it seems careless to do that.
There’s a scene at the start of the film where Paul talks with Karl before killing him and taking his place as the Ryde driver that almost seemed like they were having a moment. I was interested in seeing what could have gone after that but it wasn’t explored. Hints of Paul being gay or open-minded could’ve been interesting to bring freshness to the repetitive routine of his.
The LGBTQ community isn’t that talked about or even thought to be inthe horror genre. Maybe next time someone could try to go a little further on the subject and less on women in unnecessary nudity and their bad exposition on a film that has potential to be so much more.
3. In Conclusion:
There is good music throughout the film and the visuals might remind you of the film Drive but the difference of the violence in Drive is that it was intended, had an explanation and an evolution of a character, none of that is present on Ryde. That’s a shame.
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