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Riding the Bull
on 11 January 2011
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, allowing you 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.
It, The Stand, Pet Cemetary or Silver Bullet this is not... it's total bull$*!t hence the title of this review.