A guy only ever has one mother. When she goes, there will be none other; so he cannot help but follow an almost biological imperative to be in her presence, if circumstances at all allow it, while she transfers over to the other side. The hard-tested hero of Riding the Bullet (2004) is at core a decent fellow. His mother has entered the hospital, most assuredly for the last time. His pure desire is to reach her bedside before she dies. Transportation options being limited, he sticks out his thumb and flags down a ride. The man who stops to offer a lift at first seems rather odd. As the miles roll by, eccentricity gives way to alarm. Before the journey is over, a secret will be revealed and death may hit closer than the bed of the hero’s mother.