Christine ★★★½

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John Carpenter

The inherent silliness of a killer car and embarassing "high school" of it all should sink Carpenter's adaptation of the Stephen King novel but of course this is an engaging and fun watch. It really only hits its stride once Christine is restored but it's pretty great the rest of the way, anchored by Keith Gordon's nerd-turned-asshole performance that's perfectly in tune with the film's sensibilities. Unfortunately he's the only good performance out of the main players and between the performances and cliché high school character archetypes not a lot works on the way to Christine's rampage. Like I said though, once we're there it's solid through to the end with striking sequences like that gas station showdown with a fiery Christine hunting down bullies. The run from Assault on Precinct 13 to here has been insanely impressive for Carpenter.