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Stephen King's Riding The Bullet [2004] [DVD]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
Love most of Kings stories but thus one was wired and confusing. Not one of his best. Had not read the book which is usually much better than the film.
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on 13 April 2015
All good as usual, MANY THANKS!
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on 6 November 2014
good horror film, easy to watch
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2011
This film is based on a short story by the great Stephen king from the collection 'everythings eventual'. The director, Mick Garris, has also directed several other King adaptations including the tv series' of 'The Shining' and 'The Stand'. This film sticks to the original short story, of the same name, really really well and doesn't compromise Kings original idea at all. Garris is particually good at adapting Kings novels as shown in his version of 'The Shining' as aposed to Kubricks version. Jonathan Jackson plays the lead 'Alan Parker', a college boy who learns his mother has had a stroke and decides to hitchhike back to his home town to see her in hospital. After a while he gets picked up by George Straub, played by David Arquette, who is basically from hell and tells Parker he must decide who he takes back with him - Parker or his mother. Arquette is fantastic as the psychotic Straub and the special effects are quite good too. As a massive fan of Stephen King, I think this adaptation is brilliant and well worth watching.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This has to be the worst Stephen King adaptation I've ever seen, actually that makes it sound too good, so let me rephrase that opening sentence...

This is just a terrible film, full stop. I'm not just some 'fan' ranting because 'the book was so much better' - I've never read the original so couldn't tell you, but I'm pretty sure it is, because this is diabolical!

It has an awful made for TV feel about it, looks cheap, feels disjointed, and careers all over the place so you have absolutely no idea what's going on, or what the films even meant to be about until the last scene - when 'all is revealed'... thankfully, in the closing scene, it's sounds as if the film makers lifted the closing paragraph from the original story straight from the book to help clear things up, and you get a glimpse of what is no doubt a good, original Stephen King novella and a great little idea/metaphor/vehicle for a story that got lost in the cinematic remake.

Sadly all of king's original thoughts and vision were lost in the hash and total disaster that was this movie. Only total and utter die hard king fans should even consider watching this - and even then I'd think long and hard about wasting your time and money on it.

The Green Mile, It, The Stand, Pet Cemetary or Silver Bullet this is not... and as for the reviewer who compares it to 'The Mist', 'Stand By Me' & 'The Shawshank Redemption' - please - how he can even mention those films in the same sentence is beyond me. I don't know about 'Riding The Bullet', but he's certainly 'Riding The Bull$*!t'.

If you found this review helpful at all please give it a thumbs up & if not, comment on why so I can do a better job for you next time. Thanks :-)
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on 16 July 2014
Classic film, good seller
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on 6 February 2015
Excellent all round
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2010
I am a big fan of Stephen King. I watched that film a few weeks ago, and i can't really remember the story, witch is not a good sign. I know when i watched it I thought the book was so much better. But the film was ok, but not the best i've seen from S. King.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 September 2010
I just love reading the reviews on Amazon as they (appear) to be by ordinary folk like me, and aren't arty (well sometimes maybe they are). This is aprime example of how we all wonder if we saw the same film. I love King's earlier work and I personally rate "The Stand" as best novel and film, and of course that was directed by Garris, and so even tho I hadn't read or even heard of this story and DVD I thought well worth a go at the price and with the stars (Robertson/Hershey/Arquette). Oh boy... How could Garris make this so boring!!! It was pointless, meaningless, and I couldn't get involved with any of the characters except perhaps Hershey and Robertson. Where was the mysticism, the sheer brilliant King wonder of storytelling? The significance of the title and the fairground ride was never gone into. Why not? So much hidden meaning? when we needed more. A big miss, but dear reader, make sure you read all the reviews here before deciding - it's a fascinating world
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
well my late wife and I first saw that up in York,at the regal or odeon well we saw some of it look we were courting snogging everywhere pictures,buses,in the street,in taxis etc etc
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