Sep 19, 2016
Leonard Part 6 (1987) (part 9 of 15)
Cut to Leonard’s car careening down a dirt road, heading towards the International Tuna factory. While the camera is pointed at the sky, there’s a big clatter. We pan down to see a big hole in the factory’s chain link fence, which we’re meant to believe was caused by Leonard driving straight through it. Strangely enough, I have my own theories about how this shot was achieved.
Inside his car, a TV monitor shows Leonard the front doors of the factory with a target diagram over them. Leonard pushes a button on his joystick, causing a superimposed cartoon missile to shoot from the car’s turret and explode against the front doors. And when I say “cartoon missile”, I mean it’s like we’re watching an unfinished outtake from Roger Rabbit.
And the editing is really haphazard here and they cut away way too soon, but it appears that this explosion accomplished nothing, because the doors are still intact. So Leonard fires at the door with two more cartoon missiles. “Humorously”, this doesn’t make a dent in the doors either, but one shell does come bouncing back, where it blows off the car’s turret. And I swear that with the poor editing, it looked like Leonard was firing at three totally different sets of doors.