STRAY BULLET is a terrible mistaken-identity thriller, churned out in Ireland by Roger Corman's made-for-video factory, that makes absolutely no sense and is populated by some of the dumbest characters in movie history.
Attorney John Burnside (Robert Carradine) gets off a plane in Maine and gets his suitcase mixed up with a woman named Stella Crosby (Rebecca Staab), who gives him a ride and invites him to a party at her house that night. At the party, Stella tells Burnside that her husband Tom couldn't make it
and she introduces him to a friend named Mason (Fred Dryer). When Burnside goes outside, he's kidnapped by some gunmen who take him to a warehouse where he's questioned by a man named Pryke (Ian Beattie), who thinks that he's Tom Crosby and tells him that he has 48 hours to pay the $2 million that
he and Stella owe him. Burnside goes to the cops, but they don't believe him, especially when Stella arrives and claims he's her husband. She explains that she and Tom are in trouble over a money-laundering scheme and begs him to help her by pretending to be Tom for a while. Burnside agrees and
sleeps with Stella, who says that she's leaving Tom after the deal. Stella and Burnside go to pick up the money from a man she says is Tom, but Stella shoots him. After splitting up, Burnside goes back to Stella's house and finds Mason and his two bodyguards shot to death. He's captured by Pryke,
but manages to escape and tracks Stella down to a hotel, where he finds her in bed with a woman. Pryke and his gang arrive and a shootout ensues, but he's killed by the police and Stella gets away with the money. Burnside is arrested, but then released after the police receive an anonymous call
from a woman who clears him.
One might think that it would be impossible to rip off NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) and produce a movie that's incredibly dull and totally devoid of entertainment, but STRAY BULLET proves that otherwise. STRAY lifts NORTH's premise of a character who's mistaken for someone who's nonexistent, steals
some lines of dialogue verbatim, and makes Burnside devoted to his mother, as was Cary Grant's character, but forgot to borrow such necessary little items as logic, humor, and excitement. The so-called crosses, double-crosses, and triple-crosses are literally impossible to follow, since the
filmmakers make no attempt to connect the narrative dots or provide any reasonable explanation for the characters' mystifying actions. Burnside is a mind-numbingly idiotic character, agreeing to pose as Stella's husband even after his life has been threatened, and his credulity is not helped by
Robert Carradine's somnambulistic acting style and his curious mannerism of turning away and looking down as he speaks to people, though it is somewhat comforting to know that he's carrying on his family's sleaze-movie tradition. (Violence, profanity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: STRAY BULLET is a terrible mistaken-identity thriller, churned out in Ireland by Roger Corman's made-for-video factory, that makes absolutely no sense and is populated by some of the dumbest characters in movie history. Attorney John Burnside (Robert Carr… (more)