'Chicago Cab: Do You Dare Pay The Fare?'
(Paul Dillon, Gillian Anderson, Michael Ironside, Michael Shannon, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, John C. Reilly, et al / DVD / NR / 2019 / Liberation Hall)
Overview: It's 6 a.m. and 20 degrees below zero on a December morning in Chicago and a cab driver picks up his day's first passengers.
This represents 14 hours in the life of a cab driver as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city while emotionally connecting to many of his passengers including a depressed rape victim, stoners, randy lawyers, a drug runner and a race to get a pregnant woman to the hospital.
DVD Verdict: The film was based on the play Hellcab by Will Kern and was misleadingly marketed as a horror film, which it's not.
Indeed, 'Chicago Cab' is an interesting, and rather well done insight into the human psyche and while we don't learn anything too specific about the cab driver himself, the personalities of his various fares are revealing in their own ways, trust me.
Scenes such as the ones with Michael Shannon (and his manic lift to the grocery store just five blocks away that quickly turns into something completely different), Gillian Anderson (and her Christmas ride home with her boyfriend who seems to forget why he's even with her), and even a well-dressed John C. Reilly explaining about the young woman he was kissing before getting into the cab, that turns out to be nothing more than "... some little chicky I keep around to f**k every now and again!"
All in all, the cab driver reacts well to the madness surrounding him and you can almost share his tiredness at the end of the long, ear-bashing shift!
Crackheads, stoners, posh randy lawyers, irate Pakistani's and the high and lows of the working day are dealt with in this low budget film that is nowhere near the horror film it purports to be - but is, nevertheless, a thoroughly entertaining 96 minutes of tape. This is a Full Screen Presentation (4:3 Letterbox) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Chicago Cab: Do You Dare Pay The Fare?' [DVD] is out September 17th, 2019 via Liberation Hall.