In case you missed it you can find the first part to this post here. Today i continue our critical look at Hollywood entertainment to dismiss stereotype story lines and scenarios that are damaging to people/robot relations.
Were looking at Stephen Kings 'Maximum Overdrive' from 1986. The plot- A mysterious comet passes the earth which puts life into all machinery, the new machine army take over the world and are bent on destroying humans as graphically as possible. Focused on a small American town truckstop a group of hill billies try to survive the night but ultimately get picked off one by one as they try to challenge their man made rivals.
Firstly the plot is weak and vague offering little explanation as to how or why machines start attacking everyone. Secondly their is no logic as to which machines are affected by the powers held by this comet. Electric knives, cars, games machines, guns, pipes, lawn mowers all seem to randomly spring to life with a taste for blood. I cant help but feel that little or no thought has gone into the reasoning behind this panic fest. If the writers provided some depth to the machines desire for human destruction, then i would feel more comfortable with accepting this fate. As it stands this movie remains in my dog house for thoughtlessly encouraging narrow-minded opinions of artificial intelligence. Shame on you Mr King, shame!
I was originally going to post a clip showing all of Maximum Overdrives death scenes- which is an awesome sight! But this would spoil the movie for anybody who wanted to take this 'study' further. Instead i opted for the trailer, which in itself is 80s horror greatness!
If you haven't seen Maximum Overdrive before, or only have a hazy memory from your childhood, then take your time to do so, its a crack-up! Watching will improve your tolerance of b-movie robot scaremongering!
All you would ever want to know about Maximum Overdrive here.http://cuppa-t.blogspot.com/2011/12/robot-scaremongering-resist-what-you.html