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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Legend has it that when Stephen King was asked by he hadn’t directed a film since Maximum Overdrive, he quipped “Just watch Maximum Overdrive.”  Sorry, Mr. King, but I whole-heartedly disagree!  Maximum Overdrive is a fun movie if you can overlook its flaws and embrace it’s campiness.  First of all, it’s propelled with a soundtrack by AC/DC that sets the perfect metal stage for this tale of machines gone wild.  They are the perfect band to score this movie.

Second, it has Emilio Estevez [Repo Man, The Breakfast Club] who gives a nice performance in the film, even when other characters are a bit weak and miss the mark.  His earnest and brooding portrayal of rebellious Bill anchors the film and keeps it interesting.  Veteran character actor Pat Hinge [Batman, Batman Returns] also does a great job as Estevez’s boss, Bubba Hendershot.  He is one of those actors who always gets it done in terms of the characters he plays.

Finally, Maximum Overdrive is a Stephen “effing" King story which is always a great thing.  Who cares if King was allegedly coked out of his mind while making this film.  Even in a comprised state, he’s still a horror rock star and does a fair job as director. of the film  If there was ever a Stephen King movie that deserves a remake, this is it.  The storyline of machines taking revenge against humans would work well in our technologically saturated world.  Mr. King, if you’re listening, let’s give Maximum Overdrive another shot.  You have at least one fan of the original!

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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