“FARE” Shows The Dark Side Of Ridesharing Apps
Millions of people do it every day. In major cities all around the world, chances are that most people have used a ridesharing app. Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are just a few of the many apps used to hitch a ride around town. Even driving for one of these companies is insanely easy. So how do you know just who you are getting in the car with? That is just one of the questions posed in Bad Theology Prodction’s inaugural feature film Fare.
Fare stars Thomas Torrey, J.R. Adduci, Katherine Drew, and Pat Dorch. Torrey also writes and directs the film.
Rideshare cab driver Eric (Torrey) begins his day like any other, responding to the many fares who hail him from their smartphones, throughout the city. Hiding his depression due to a marriage that has long since grown cold, Eric entertains small talk and discusses his “real job” of real estate. He even finds his own notions of love and marriage challenged by one fare in particular – a foreign man whose elusive ramblings seem to light the fire of Eric’s own self-reflection.
When Eric’s day turns to night and he takes the evening’s last fare, Eric finds himself face to face with the source of his troubles. Eric’s unsuspecting passenger is a man named Patrick who doesn’t know this cab driver from any other. But when Eric recognizes Patrick as the man who is secretly sleeping with his wife, a series of events are set in motion which threaten the lives of everyone who sets foot inside the car.
Shot entirely inside a moving car, Fare gives an up close look at the shift of a rideshare driver. Transporting all sorts of people from one place to another, Eric seems to be having an off day, or a string of them. The conversation between Eric and the foreigner about love and marriage gives interesting foresight into the what is to come. Just as Eric picks up list next fare, it turns out he recognizes him as the man sleeping with his wife.
What transpires from this moment is pure suspense, as poor Patrick has no idea he’s being driven by his girlfriend’s husband. There is, of course, a rather interesting twist that takes place, but to describe it would be to give too much away.
It’s a bold move to make a film with a small cast in one centralized location, one that we can wholeheartedly stand behind. When working as an independent filmmaker, everything costs money, usually money that you don’t have. This is a common choice made by filmmakers, as one location reduces costs and company moves. However, telling a story entirely in a car requires a lot of dialogue, and strong actors to carry the film. Torrey and his team handled everything flawlessly, giving a stream of pure suspense that left us sitting on the edge of our seats.
“My hope for this film is that it will, firstly, ignite reflection and conversation about our respective approaches to love and marriage, and that, secondly, it will introduce the entertainment community to a new filmmaking entity in Bad Theology Pictures – one that has a voice, vision and artistic excellence.” -Thomas Torrey
Being the first feature for Bad Theology Productions, Fare makes a bold statement that shouts “Bad Theology is here to make solid, meaningful films.” Keeping in mind that Fare was only shot in a single week, we look forward to seeing what these guys can do with more time and a heartier budget.