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The Fare (2019)

Ever met a complete stranger and felt you already know them?  What if you kept bumping into them on the same stretch of road?  What if, in a couple of blinks of the eye, they simply disappear?  Intrigued yet?  If so, then The Fare is your ticket to ride, dear readers.  Buckle up, though, because this cab ride through Hitchcockian themes is filled with some challenging mysteries and some pretty freaky weather as time keeps repeating itself for two strangers . . who know an awful lot about each other.

"Buckle up, though, because this cab ride through Hitchcockian themes is filled with some challenging mysteries"

Time traveling aliens.  With that opening line of dialogue - delivered through a static-filled radio signal - The Fare sets its audience up for something otherworldly.  The delivery of this film, though, soaked in a mysterious atmosphere thanks to its desert locale and its science fiction leanings is one of romance and intrigue.  

How?  It’s in the repetition of the events.  Pay close attention to this fact.  Quite simply, The Fare succeeds in all of this thanks to its cleverly scripted plot which successfully takes us back and forth through a time loop as two would-be strangers discover that they have more than a lot in common. {googleads}

And it is all because of the strange passenger that enters and disappears inside a cab on this long stretch of road.  The Fare here keeps disappearing on the cabbie.  He can’t call it a wash either, because he winds up picking her up again and again as time itself repeats.  Each time, though, a little bit more information (and color) shines through in their conversation.  These two strangers keep remembering the events from the last ride and they try to grasp at what they can before the fare disappears again.

Directed by D.C. Hamilton and written by Brinna Kelly, who also stars in the feature as Penny, the enigmatic passenger, The Fare is a damn unique film and it buoyed by the world-weary performance from Gino Anthony Pesi (Shades of Blue) as a cab driver, named Harris.  Because we are dealing with time travel here, you should know that The Fare handles the time loop well and the remembrances of the two characters - thanks to some clever edits - as their banter becomes more and more familiar simply shimmers with chemistry. 

The Fare (2019)

And then Penny disappears again.   

Through it all, it’s the engaging black-and-white cinematography that keeps us grounded.  We have moments of color, too, and that color means something as the very fabric of space and time is shredded thanks to this ribbon of desert road this cab travels back and forth on.  The romance as they two fall in and out of time with each other is a challenging one, but it definitely delivers a smartly crafted mystery AND romance.

The Fare is now available on blu-ray and VOD thanks to DREAD.

4/5 stars

The Fare (2019)


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor:
Available on Blu-ray
- November 19, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
: English SDH, Spanish

Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A


The Fare (2019)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
82 mins
: D.C. Hamilton
Brinna Kelly
Gino Anthony Pesi, Brinna Kelly, Jason Stuart
: Mystery | Romance
A Fare to Remember.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Did you call for a cab, Ms?"
Epic Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
November 19, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
November 19, 2019.
Synopsis: 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 Fare (2019)

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