The Fare (2019)

A cab driver and his fare are seemingly stuck in a time loops until they figure out why they are there and how they may be connected.

Written by Brinna Kelly and directed by D.C. Hamilton, this sci-fi, philosophical, religious, etc film is something else in its Twilight Zone-esque set up and its use of basically a single location for most of the film. The script if tight and keeps as much as it can as close to the vest as possible until it’s time to reveal little bits of information leading towards the conclusion where everything is made clear. What makes the story particularly strong is build-up of emotions done without being schmaltzy or overdone. Here the characters are given room to grow and evolve even though they are stuck in a time loop driving that same stretch of road over and over again. The premise could have felt repetitive and eventually boring, but the way things are done, as well as the performances, keeps things fresh.

The lead here is played by Gina Anthony Pesi as the cab driver Harris and his fare Penny is played by writer Brinna Kelly. The two of them work great together and have great chemistry which makes their adventure together easy to watch and keep up with. The two of them carry the great majority of the film and do so with talent and a little something that makes them electric and magnetic. The film gains majorly from their performances. Their capacities are something else here and they show just the right amount of emotions and restraints. Their performances make the film.

The film is shot with a style of its very own, images being filled with atmosphere and the cab being made the location of 90% or so of all scenes. The film’s cinematography by Josh Harrison and the editing by director D.C. Kelly bring these images to the screen beautifully and with just the right amount of flare. The film has its own style and for an indie, looks quite expensive in some parts, elevating its budget much higher than others.

The Fare is one of those films that is hard to talk about without giving too much away. It’s a film that made this review cry openly at the end, the sign of an amazingly well built story that is acted with the utmost talent. The film is something that deserves, needs to be watched. It’s a film that builds up and doesn’t let go until the emotional pay off at the end. It should be on everyone’s must-watch list immediately and given full attention so that it can have the full impact it can.