Friday, 12 August 2011

Maximum Overdrive - dvd review

In the mid 80s, Stephen King set out to make the definitive version of a film of his epic story Trucks. Others had tried (Lucas, Kubrick, Spielberg, Hitchcock) and all failed. By their own admission, these filmmakers had failed on all counts by going over budget, over schedule and forced rewrites resulting in no less than fifty legendary actors retiring from the business due to exhaustion and insanity. To film Trucks, King knew there was only one man for the job: himself.

The resulting film was immediately crowned Greatest Film Ever Made. This story of rampaging trucks, toy cars, electric breadknives, lawnmowers and ice cream vans took over a billion dollars at the box office within the first weekend of its release, was nominated for twenty Academy Awards (and of course won all of them and another one for Best Film Ever), Emilio Estevez was made Grand Ruler of the Universe and the film became required viewing in all schools throughout the world.

King never directed again. There was no need. With this film of humanity taken to the brink by a lot of angry lorries, he had done the unthinkable: produced a work of art great enough to make God cry.

Maximum Overdrive. All other films are big girl's blouses. And the soundtrack rocks, too.

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