This action comedy certainly lives up to its title since
it revolves around strange creatures mysteriously propelling utilitarian
vehicles in the absence of an internal combustion engine. A North Dakota high
school senior (Lucas Till), wanting nothing more than the independence that
will come with his own set of wheels, has been restoring an old pickup truck at
the salvage yard where he works. Meanwhile, a profit-focused oil-drilling
outfit has carelessly tapped into a nearby aquifer that serves as the native
habitat for a group of friendly monsters, one of whom seeks refuge in the young
man's cherished vehicle. Cue a series of antics, mainly devoted either to
crushing other rigs or to tormenting the drillers. Complex thinking is not what
director Chris Wedge's children's film demands, though it does manage to fold
in in an environmental message amid the harmless mayhem.
Watch out for: A few
intense action sequences, a slightly crass sight gag.
Rated: A-I, general
patronage; MPAA: PG