Thursday, April 30, 2009

Duel (1971)

4.5 / 5
Tagline: A duel is about to begin between a man, a truck, and an open road. When a simple battle of wits is now a matter of life and death
Directed by: Stephen Spielberg
Written by: Richard Matheson
Actors include: Dennis Weaver, Eddie Firestone, Carey Loftin
Genre: Horror, Action
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

I didn't find this to be as high intensity as "The Hitcher" but since this came first, this is really inspirational in most chases you likely have seen after. See what happens is a man driving a car (you'll have to pardon me as I know very little about vehicles) passes a gigantic dirty mean looking truck. It pisses off the driver, so he passes the car, then the car passes it until the truck driver gets pissed. The rest of the movie the car is being stalked and forced off the road by the cruel relentless truck driver. It's a bit long without a whole lot happening, but at the same time when things do happen, it's quite great. They have a run in with a snake farm for example, and an incident with a train makes it really exciting too. It's got a lot going for it really and for a first effort for Spielberg and a tv movie at that it's quite something and I would recommend watching it. It's just not my favorite vehicle stalking movie is all!

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