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Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Car (1977)

It’s a killer car movie, why did it need two writers and three people working on the screenplay? Was it really that difficult to hammer out?
I’ll give credit where it’s due, though, the early scenes with the vehicle are fantastic! It’s like a blackly humorous Jaws (1975) on wheels, introduced slowly through POV shots and quick flashes of bodywork as it chases two innocent cyclists. The full reveal doesn't come until later, after much foreshadowing. It needs to establish relatable humans and make us care about them first, which it does in a simplistic way. The hero is Wade (Brolin), the father, lover, moustachioed biker, Utah Sheriff and all-round nice guy. Stick with Wade and you’ll be fine. He's even good at denial.

3 bloody smears out of 5

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