Fox Hunt Drive sounds like it is going to be just another movie about a ride-share pick up gone wrong. Unable to support herself as an architect, Allison (Lizzie Zerebko) decides to become a driver during evenings. One night, she picks up a fare that leads to trouble. It is a simple premise that simultaneously sounds over the top. Fox Hunt Drive sounds like it should be too silly to work. Yet, thanks to the chemistry between its two leads, the movie is an entertaining thrill (share) ride that audiences will enjoy.
Zerebko puts in a multi-layered performance as Allison. Her introduction immediately paints her as the heroine of the film. A brief montage also begins to develop empathy for her. At the same time, the voiceover done by Allison slightly hints at a know it all who may not be this great person who everyone wants to hang out with.
Michael Olavson is also great as Allison’s final passenger of the night. Much like the ride share driver, he displays various emotions. One moment he can be a nice guy offering to buy a soda for Allison. The next he can be set off in a scary rage due to something as simple as music he does not like. He exudes a calm even in his louder moments. He is a frightening character.
Fox Hunt Drive focuses on the two’s relationship. The exchanges between the two are fun to watch. The dynamic of power shifts so much that it makes the audience wonder if there was ever one to begin with. Director Drew Walkup adds to the leads’ performances with excellent camera work that enhances the emotions they are feeling.
The story itself is a simple one that manages to remain engaging. There is the mystery of the passenger and the contents of his bag. Again, it is Zereboko and Olavson that help Fox Hunt Drive become more than just another cookie cutter thriller. The final act does rely a little much on twists. Ironically, some will find it too predictable.
Fox Hunt Drive is a fun thriller that is unafraid to rely on tropes. The two leads will draw the audience in with their interesting interactions. There are also some great action scenes in this exciting watch.
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