There’s something irresistible about a car chase that pleases the senses. It could well be the talent of the stunt drivers or the visual effects that have come into play over the past decades. After all, these effects put us right in the middle of the action, making us feel that we’re a part of the movie. That’s quite an experience considering we’re safe in the moment while rooting for the good guy to get out of a bad situation or to catch the villain. The Fast and the Furious franchise has taken car chase scenes to another level in terms of action, but there’s a whole host of movies with iconic chases that filled us with excitement and suspense. Let’s take a look at a selection of those movies right now.
With special powers, as the result of a synthetic drug, Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) is hunting down the person who put her in this state. Thinking she has a lead in Paris, thanks to an ability to sense people’s data on their smart devices, she begins a crazy chase to catch the person in rush-hour traffic. At one point in the scene, she avoids scratching her car while driving on the pavement, although she does cause some destruction in the process.
At a point in the movie when it seems that there are no other ways for John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) to kill anyone, the movie’s ending presents us with “car-fu”. Wick tracks down his man, who happens to be the boss of a Russian crime syndicate, and the person who killed Wicks’ dog. Wick kills the two men accompanying his target inside without ever having to leave his car. The first sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, also had some nice car-chasing moments, with Wick back behind the wheel of his trusted Mustang. Wick shows us what losing his car can drive a man to do.
Just a few short years before super-director Stephen Spielberg made a huge impact on the film industry with “Jaws”, his TV movie Duel showed us some scary, large rigs. Dennis Weaver plays businessman Davis who is on a two-lane highway when he passes a slow-moving truck. It turns out to be one very big mistake. The truck, along with its evil driver, starts to torment David. It could have turned into something of a comedy, but it was a very tense thriller, due to the skilled direction of a young Spielberg.
Smokey and the Bandit
This movie turned Burt Reynolds into an icon of the 1970s. The movie became something of a legend itself due to the wise-cracking character Bo Darville taking his Trans Am and jumping over a defunct bridge. A booster rocket was strapped to the car in order to achieve the stunt, and it was the movie’s director who drove the car to pull it off. Needham was also the long-time stuntman of Burt Reynolds.