This very fun hunk of junk was
horror writer extraordinaire Stephen King’s directorial debut. The film
got spit on by every critic in the book upon its release and King hasn’t
directed anything since. Well call me an a-hole (or an asshole) but I
First off, the premise
of this film is way
nifty. Having machines come to life to murder us without pity and turning us
into tools for their own benefit is a good idea. Don’t get me wrong, you
don’t watch this flick looking for an existential study of
humanity’s relationship/dependency with machines, you watch it to see
people get rammed by trucks (fun stuff!) and see shit blow up real good.
The film definitely delivers on that front and I really didn’t need much
else to be entertained.
I can think of two scenes that
have been engraved in my mind ever since I first saw the flick back in 1986.
The insane car pile up on the opening bridge in the beginning of the flick
and the very violent soda machine attack on a group of kids playing
baseball (you don’t see a soda machine whack people every day). Those two
scenes kick some serious booty and for me to remember them after all of these
years can only mean one thing: the scenes are the fucking money. Thanks King.
Now if you want to be a
you can bitch and moan about the plot holes (like why do the trucks insist
on circling the truckstop instead of staying still and saving gas...then
again who said the trucks were smart?) but if you actually stop for a
second and think: THIS IS A MOVIE ABOUT KILLER TRUCKS THAT DRIVE BY
THEMSELVES AND SQUASH PEOPLE, then maybe you’ll do the smart thing
and let that shit go! Where else can you see a kid riding his bike in an
empty suburb filled with dead bodies (reminded me of "The Stand") and then
eventually get chased by a lawnmower? Or a murderous truck with the face
of the “Green Goblin” going ape shit? Or an electric
kitchen knife slicing a poor waitress by itself? Nowhere else.
however, have some complaints about
the film. First of all, the mid-section of the movie doesn’t fully live up to its
slick set-up. It’s actually somewhat uneventful (but still watchable).
Watching people wander in sewers or fill up trucks with gas for ten
minutes aren’t the most exciting things in the world. On the flip side,
the gas filling sequence had a kickass AC/DC song playing in the background
("Hells Bells"), which did help me digest it better. I also didn’t
appreciate some of the characters. For instance, the horny bible salesman
was very annoying and so was cigar-chomping Hendershot (Hingle). But the
one character that I really couldn’t stand was Connie
(Smith) whose high-pitched voice and constant complaining made my ears
bleed. Man, did that broad get to me! I was praying for her to encounter a
“Mack Truck” at a certain point but my prayers were never answered
"Maximum Overdrive" is an amusing kitschy film. It has some good ideas, some
occasional corny dialogue (that elevate the fun tacky level of the film),
some really nice explosions (everything blows up…yippee!) and some nasty
gory moments (when trucks hit humans, they go SPLAT!). It’s not the
smartest film ever made but then again: IT’S ABOUT KILLER TRUCKS! What did
people expect? An Oscar worthy monologue about technology and its
pitfalls? FUCK THAT! Give me my Estevez and my “Green Goblin” rig over
that any day! Who made who anyhow?