River Road


Action / Drama / Thriller

IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1048

Plot summary

July 27, 2022 at 03:22 AM


Rob Willey

Top cast

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810.41 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
P/S 4 / 18
1.63 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
P/S 3 / 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by filmpurgatory 7 / 10

A Stylistic yet Realistic Look at Addiction

Throughout the film, I kept finding similarities with both Requiem for a Dream and Euphoria. When Travis and Zoe hit up heroin for the first time, the colors, atmosphere and cinematography coupled with Travis's inner monologue strongly reminded me of Euphoria, particularly during the first season when Rue began doing drugs with Jules. Additionally, whenever Travis or Zoe shoot themselves up with heroin, the camera cuts to the pupil of their eye dilating. This scene alone parallels Requiem for a Dream during the scene where the characters shoot up heroin and briefly brought back horrifying memories. I'm just glad we didn't have to hear the horrifying score from Darren Aronofsky's classic.

Perhaps River Road's greatest strength is its cinematography. What really stuck out to me were the shots of Travis at the docks during the sunset. Something about the contrast of the background and shadowed trees added an extremely artistic touch to the film's overall aesthetic. Speaking of aesthetics, the synth music was also a good choice to establish distortion. While our lead is a guitar player we oddly don't get much guitar playing, outside of the first and early second act.

Character-wise, I found both leads to be a bit unlikable. While both Cody Kearsley and Lexi Redman were amazing at portraying a dysfunctional drug-addicted couple, I didn't particularly feel any sort of attachment to either character. This isn't a bad thing, as I think it was the point of the film. However, what did throw me off was how poorly-shot the chase scene in the third act is, in addition to the lackluster dialogue for one of the major antagonists. The chase scene suffered from too much shaky-cam and fast cuts to the point where I had no idea what was going on. Meanwhile, some of the major antagonist's lines felt like a fourteen year old trying to sound tough over Fortnite or Call of Duty.

Does this make the film bad? No. Despite the film's flaws, it's still a solid watch if you want to explore the dangers and consequences of drug addiction. Where River Road easily stands out is in its cinematography, music and overall story. Instead of those outdated drug PSAs schools force you to watch, they should instead show kids more realistic depictions of addiction and I think River Road should be one of those films.

Reviewed by ginger-shine 8 / 10

Well Made Independent Film

Fairly realistic if a bit sanitary ride through an addition relationship. The main characters are flawed but likeable, the other characters a bit goofy but entertaining.

Reviewed by Ceelou 9 / 10

Compelling In A Strange Way

Really enjoyed this movie. I got to see a screening of it before it came out (I think).

Never struggled myself with what was going on in the movie personally, but I think it was a good representation of what people are like in that state.

It was almost like I could put myself in each characters' shoes and what their life is like.

Not really a spoiler but just in case:

The ending I felt was really good. Usually I don't like endings that end in this fashion, but I felt like that kind of suspense was worth it.

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compunerd July 28, 2022 at 02:39 pm

Cabin from the screenshot seems beautiful :)

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5owange7 July 27, 2022 at 10:32 am

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