The Fare: Movie Review

Getting its inspiration from the television series "The Twiilight Zone", "The Fare" was able to capture the same essence that made the series a classic. "The Fare" skillfully played around its secrets, teasing audiences until its eventual reveal. The end result is something else and found a way to really stand out.

A woman named Penny (Brinna Kelly) climbs into a taxi driven by a man named Harris (Gino Anthony Pesi)in the middle of nowhere. The two have an instant connection with each other until she suddenly 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.
There are a lot of things that stood out in "The Fare" and it is a film that felt bigger and better than it should have been. This is an independent film with a limited budget but the film never felt that way. The visuals and direction were outstanding featuring crisp and clear visuals. The effects needed work but in all honesty, it is a very minor and understandable limitation. The various techniques used like the black-and-white scenes were nostalgic and found a way to integrate itself into the story. The set piece, a taxi, was simple and small but was the perfect vehicle to flesh out its characters. Speaking of characters, the two leads were also integral in making "The Fare" a success. Both had performances that were natural and authentic and had that genuine heart-warming connection. The narrative and plot will be the biggest divisive point for "The Fare". The story had its moment but the eventual reveal was rather unconventional. Don't get us wrong, it was actually our cup of tea but it can easily disappoint. The ending was also too cheesy for our taste and there's a lack of meaning to it all. Overall, "The Fare" is unconventionally awesome. It's brave enough to play with various genres - romance, scifi, religion, fantasy - to give audiences an experience like no other.
Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- beautiful cinematography
- the natural chemistry between the leads is undeniable

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the payoff will be divisive

"The Fare" will be available November 19, 2019 on Blu-ray and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

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