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this young director is destined for great things,
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This review is from: Duel (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
A travelling salesman and a mysterious truck that pursues him are the only ingredients in this minimalist story that marked Steven Spielberg's first major directorial feature. Originally made for television, Duel comes across as a really well made Indy film.
Writer Richard Matheson concocted an exercise in paranoia, featuring Dennis Weaver as the salesman, in which the truck driver's face is never shown and his motives are never clear. Thus the story has a very mysterious quality, as the salesman is psychologically tortured while being physically terrorized, an interesting mixture.
Although the character of the truck is obviously sadistic there does seem to be a level of honour apparent in this cat and mouse game, and through out the film we are able to sort of guess the rules.
Spielberg shows a firm grasp of the action, even if it occasionally becomes repetitive. It is hard to imagine, from this spare, economical film, that he would go on to a career as a master of big-budget, special-effects blockbusters. But saying that, he made this film in 12 days which is pretty impressive so maybe not that hard to imagine...
The extras are pretty interesting as they contain two feature's of Spielberg talking about the making of this film and his early career before the big screen.
A great little package for fans of Spielberg.