- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Many reviews have stated that the major plot point regarding the D.A. appealing a guilty verdict and demanding a harsher sentence is impossible and against the Fifth Amendment. However, even though the USA have an unusual law which prohibits the prosecution from appealing acquittals in criminal cases, the prosecution can still appeal guilty verdicts and demand harsher sentences. Such appeals are a common practice all over the world.
- Complete Monster: Chains Cooper is the leader of a ruthless white supremacist biker gang called the Brotherhood, who live under one creed: "God forgives, the Brotherhood doesn't." Chains sends his men on joyride killing sprees and enacts a plan to assassinate district attorney Brent Whipperton for trying to stop his wanton violence. Along the way, Chains gleefully murders two guardsmen who stop him and his men on the road, sends their bodies to Whipperton, and when one of his minions speaks out, Chains forces his hand through a running motorcycle wheel. Chains kills the man who gives the hero Joe Huff's location to him, then murders his own girlfriend Nancy simply to spite Joe. In the climax, Chains assassinates Whipperton, several other judges, and threatens to massacre a courtroom full of innocent people should he not be allowed free rein for further atrocity.
- Moment of Awesome: Whatever your views on the movie's quality, the stuntwork in the climax almost makes the movie worthwhile by itself.
- Nausea Fuel: Every single member of the Brotherhood, including Nancy, seems to be covered in grease, dirt, or sweat at all times. You can practically smell this film. Not to mention how despite their general filth, Chains tosses Nancy at Joe the first chance he gets, which implies she's been ridden like a bike by every guy initiated with the Brotherhood.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: It's painfully apparent the film is simply a ripoff of both Point Break and Road House (1989). The movie doesn't even really try to hide that fact.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Joe's bizarre attire in particular as well as the faux-heavy metal/hard rock soundtrack are dead ringers for an early 90s film. There are also lots of bandanas, poofy hair, acid washed jeans, and boxy men's suits.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The film seems to try to be painting Nancy as a sympathetic character, but she willingly has been cavorting around with drug dealing white supremacists who kill gleefully every chance they get. She comes across as a whiny Damsel in Distress moreso than someone we feel Joe should go out of his way to help. It's possible the film realized this considering her fate: getting her head blown off by Chains.
YMMV / Stone Cold