To this day, astronomers still do not know what the cosmos truly have in store for us. With so much to still be discovered in our solar system, there are so many more questions on what is further out. Is there life somewhere else in the universe that can help teach us how to travel, or will they want to take over our planet from us? Will we know the answers in our lifetime? I doubt it, but there is no shame in looking up and admiring the beauty of the stars.
The earth has fallen behind the rouge Reah-M comet and will stay in its tail debris for eight days. No one knows what effect this will have on the planet, but they are sure that something strange may occur. When machines start to get minds of their own, the nation starts to panic. Why would something that we built try to harm us anyway, we are the creators.
Being held up in a truck stop, Bill Robinson witnesses an attack first hand on a waitress. Not really understanding what is happening, he destroys the electric knife, but when he sees that parked trucks just outside of the window come to life, he knows the group inside of the building are in for something out of this world. Teaming up with Brett, a young female drifter that finds him cute, Bill has to take control of the situation as best he can to keep everyone inside and away from the rogue trucks that are hungry for human blood.
Witnessing the same thing on the other side of town Deke Keller is keeping his head down and making his way to the truck stop to see his father. Being stalked by an ice cream truck, Deke finds that he can travel underground in the storm pipes safely and works his way to be with his father. Not understanding the magnitude of what is happening, the group in the truck stop hear strange honking that is Morse code asking for help. The trucks need fuel to survive and they offer free passage for those who help, but Bill and Brett have a different plan and that is to escape everything that has a motor altogether.
Maximum Overdrive follows a group of survivors in a truck stop when the earth is stuck behind a comet's tail for several days. The occurrence does not start out too bad, but when all of earth’s appliances and anything mechanical comes to life, no one knows what to do or how to stop it. Bill Robinson is not prepared for this, being an ex-con that is only looking to hold down a steady job, but when a semi-truck comes to life and kills one of his friends, it becomes personal. Wanting to survive and keep the rest of the group in the truck stop alive as well, he devises a plan to get away from anything and sail away to an island that does not allow automobiles. The only thing keeping him from attaining this is a group of semis that keep circling the truck stop, looking for their next human kill.
All I can say is wow. This is an off the wall idea that now has me worried about upsetting my toaster. If you think about it, what do we use these days that does not run off of some sort of motor that could be infected by a comets gas cloud? Not much and I would have to tell you that the human race would be doomed if this ever really happened. If there was ever a movie that I would like to see a remake of featuring more technology of the time, it would be this one. Not to criticize how this movie added scares, but it was mainly automobiles that did all of the attacking, when there are so many more items in a home that we trust, it would make the thrills just that much more mesmerizing. Stay Scared.