A Different Three Fugitives
Ash and Connor have headed out to Ash's father's abandoned property with a paintball gun they swiped and are meant to be cleaning out an old mobile home on the property. But much to their surprise they find a trio of criminals hiding there having botched a robbery with one of them having been shot in the process.
Jack Fessenden wrote, directed, acted in, produced, edited and composed the music in "Stray Bullets" and whilst I am not going to tell you for a minute that "Stray Bullets" is a good movie I will say that any guy who can pull all this off certainly has something especially when that person is just 16. Of course Fessenden grew up in the movie business as his father is Larry Fessenden who has acted in and produced some horror movies so that certainly helps.
The trouble is that "Stray Bullets" feels on almost every level like a film school project by a teenager who knows all the cliches and used them throughout this movie. These cliches range from a teenager who drops lines from classic movies to a parallel moving shot of the car carrying the criminals, there is even a scene where one bad guy uses a lighter to try and heat up a knife whilst tending to his shot friend. And sadly with this feeling like a film school project it is a bit rough with that low budget feel taking away from some of the movie's nicest scenes.
Unfortunately one of the biggest problems with "Stray Bullets" is the simple fact the story of two teenage friends finding themselves in an old mobile home with three criminals is simply not that entertaining. Yes during the final 20 minutes things start to get interesting with some decent plot developments but during the first hour there isn't enough to make you want to stay with it.
What this all boils down to is that as a movie "Stray Bullets" is not that great and to be honest a bit tedious during the first hour. But at the same time I have to say that Jack Fessenden shows potential with some nice ideas and a good finish to the movie.