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07 December 2019

The Fare: A Hitchcockian Sci-Fi Taxi Romance

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The Fare is a movie about Harris, a taxi driver, who finds itself in a sci-fi-like infinite loop alongside Penny, his fare, in a ride that changes their lives forever.

In what would seem like a typical day, Harris, a taxi driver, picks up Penny who later on disappears from his backseat. What’s even weirder is that the events start looping over and over, which makes him realize that things aren’t quite in order. Every subsequent loop, glimpses of the previous ones are revealed. As the story goes on, it all starts to form a completed whole and things start making sense.

As if the mystery itself weren’t enough to keep you on the edge for the entire 82 minutes, there is a clear chemistry between Harris and Penny that suggests they’ve met before. Every time we enter a new loop, some of that is torn away, and the viewer is left craving for more. Upon progressing with the storyline, it becomes clear they’ve known each other for a long time.

Upon resetting the meter, Penny disappears and the whole sci-fi encounter re-loops once more. But with each consecutive loop, more is revealed about the relationship these two have had. As it turns out, their past is what causes their suffering in the present. Can they discover the truth behind what’s going on and put an end to this reoccurring nightmare once and for all?

In the end, Harris must take the gamble as he proceeds to kiss Penny in what makes for a romantic conclusion to it all. It’s much like a person visiting Wildz Casino or another popular alternative, experiencing the thrill of placing a bet, and leaving the rest to the stars… except that much more is at stake this time. But what really shines about it is exploring the human relationships and our need for a deep emotional connection that happens to be the theme of the movie. As it turns out, love is what can cure a personal trauma.

In a loop that seems like it’s going to go on forever, the viewer is taken on a rollercoaster-like ride of emotions that keep you on your toes until the final conclusion. Not knowing what’s a figment of Harris’ imagination and what’s real, you are left with guesswork in the brightest sense of the term. It serves as a revelation, an exploration of human relations, and a source of thrill. Now isn’t that what makes a winning recipe?

The Fare is worth the entire 82 minutes you’ll spend watching it, earning a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Although this is a low-budget production, it feels like everything was made in the hands of a mastermind. So expect a couple of rough edges here and there, but the final product is bound to do your expectations justice.

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