Starring: Timothy Busfield, Brenda Bakke, Jay Brazeau, Brendan Fletcher, Amy Stewart
Directed by: Chris Thomson
Written by: Stephen King (short story), Brian Taggert (teleplay)
Length: 1 hour 35 min
Release Date: October 29, 1997
As ridiculous as Maximum Overdrive is, it still has some fun, goofy moments to it. Trucks, based on the same Stephen King short story, has only one goofy moment and I believe it was unintentional. It is unclear why there was a need to make another version of the story while removing the cool parts and adding a bunch of lame, stereotypical characters and a nonsensical ending.
The movie spends a bit of time trying to get all the stupid characters to the diner, including angsty teenage girl, worried dad, and tough but sexy local lady who likes to flirt with worried dad character. Speaking of tough but sexy local lady, she actually utters a line about how she used to be a nurse before she was married. She’s no longer a nurse. Why? In 1997, women still gave up their careers when they married? Ugh, so stupid. Also, what does that have to do with anything in this movie? Nothing. Why mention it?
I didn’t know if I was going to make it through this stupidity until there was one scene where a toy truck came to life and burst through a glass door of a store and attacked a mailman. The little toy truck manages to trip the mailman and then slammed his head into the curb. It is so over-the-top ridiculous that I had to rewind it and watch it again. It’s the only part of this stupid movie worth watching.
After that, it goes back to the boring story that doesn’t follow its own rules where sometimes machines are in control (not just trucks, but all machines!) and other times, the humans can control them, like when they are able to use a boat with a motor with no problems and sometimes they can drive a car while other cars and trucks try to kill them. It makes no sense. It’s too much!