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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

GREENLIGHT #155: Transformers (with "Duel" and "Mad Max")

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Ann and Les were surprisingly entertained by Transformers (2007.) They didn’t imagine they’d like a film about inanimate objects coming to life but the story of the lead boy, played by Shia LeBeouf who is desperately infatuated with the lead girl, played by Megan Fox, is so charming that somehow and human that somehow they didn’t mind when all the cars starting to come to life to help in his plight. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another movie about lifelike automobiles called Duel (1952.) This was a made-for-TV movie and was the “big-break” for director Steven Spielberg and Les thinks this movie should rank up there with Mr. Spielberg’s best. And, frankly, he thinks it’s just good suspenseful fun watching Dennis Weaver being chased by a great big menacing truck. Ann, too, recommends another film involving big trucks on big chases but this time, we know who the good guys and the bad guys are. In this movie, Mel Gibson takes on what’s left of the world after a nuclear detenation, and that consists of him and a bunch of mean motorcycle gangsters. is really plays a young woman who is destroying herself and her swinging partner played by George Miller in risqué and risky activities until she is miraculously cleansed and joins a cult. It’s a restrained and respectful look at this kind of conversion in Mad Max (1979.)

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