Watch: Riding the Bullet 2004 123movies, Full Movie Online – A young man hitchhiking back home to visit his mother is picked up by a mysterious stranger. As the ride goes on, the young man uncovers a terrible secret about the stranger, and is given a choice by the stranger. A choice that can mean life or death..
Plot: In 1969, while studying at the University of Maine, artist Alan Parker becomes obsessed with death. Believing he is losing his girlfriend, he tries to commit suicide on his birthday but his friends manage to stop him. He receives news that his mother has had a stroke and decides to hitchhike to visit her at the hospital.
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Not the greatest ride…
I am actually surprised to see this movie has gotten as high a rating as it has, as honestly it doesn’t deserve it. Unless you are a die hard King fan this probably won’t hold much appeal to you. The almost-horror premise involves a young man’s trip to visit his mother who has been hospitalized from a stroke. Along the way he comes to terms with his past and current fears involving death in an almost ‘Chistmas Carol’ like way. The main flaw with the movie is that it may have a good theme about the value of life, but the ‘fantasies’ that the lead lives in lend a horror aspect that is mostly conveyed as trite and forced. The acting and effects were convincing enough for what it is (though much of the effects that are supposed to scare us involve menacing conversation), but overall it was too uneven to really deliver either a decent horror or a good coming to terms movie. A good choice for a Sunday night when nothing else is on.
What a boring mess
It’s 1969. Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is an art student at the University of Maine obsessed with death. His girlfriend Jessica (Christensen) throws him a surprise birthday party and finds him attempting a suicide by slicing his wrist in the bath tub. He decides to go to a John Lennon concert in Toronto with his friends. Then he gets a call that his mother Jean (Barbara Hershey) had a stroke and is in the hospital. He hitchhikes and encounters strange events.
The constant imaginary edits keeps faking out the story. It disrupts any flow to the movie. It’s a mess. Jonathan Jackson lacks the charisma to lead a movie. He is unable to draw me into the story and provides next to no energy. The movie limps along without much drive as Alan deals with one character after another. It’s like a random collection of horror stories from the road. It’s probably one of the worst Stephen King adaptations I have ever seen.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min), 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (USA), 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (Argentina)
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Mick Garris
Writer Mick Garris, Stephen King
Actors Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey
Country United States, Germany, Canada
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Canon 814, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Panaflex Gold II
Laboratory DeLuxe, Toronto, Canada
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm