Most Underrated, Thrilling Car Chase Scenes in Cinema
By: Good2GoPublished: November 16, 2016
An action movie just wouldn’t feel complete without a high-speed chase scene. Of course, there are several simple elements that make a chase scene a good one – a cool car, a super villain, and crowded streets are just some of them. Some chase scenes like those in For Your Eyes Only, Ronin, and Bullitt are classics and have gotten plenty of recognition. But what about the underrated chase scenes in cinematography? Here’s a list of some action movies with great chase scenes that didn’t necessarily get the accolades they might have deserved.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Nearly 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome, the world got a fresh dose of Mad Max when Fury Road premiered in 2015, starring Tom Hardy. George Miller is no newbe when it comes to directing action scenes, so it’s no wonder there are several thrilling car chase scenes in Fury Road. One that really stands out, though, is during the movie’s very first chase scene. Viewers anxiously follow the antagonist Immortan Joe and his army’s turbulent journey in armored tank through desert wasteland, with Tom Hardy’s imprisoned character, Max, being used as a “blood bag.” Needless to say, chaos ensues.
The Dark Knight
What do you get when you add Batman, an 18-wheeler, the Joker, and some bazookas? How about an awesome chase sequence in 2008’s The Dark Knight. The scene features the Joker and his men using a garbage truck and an 18-wheeler to wipe out multiple police vehicles and even a Gotham City Police Department helicopter. Eventually, Batman shows up in the Tumbler to take out the Joker and his cronies. Although Gotham is a fictional city believed to be set somewhere along the Hudson in New Jersey, this famous chase scene was filmed in Chicago.
It’s only natural that this unique exploitation action horror film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, a man recognized for being one of the most influential directors of his time. The film was theatrically released in the U.S. as part of a double feature with Planet Terror, under the collective title Grindhouse. Kurt Russell stars as a stuntman who uses his “death-proof” stunt car to stalk women and murder them in staged car accidents. One noteworthy chase scene features Zoe Bell (playing herself) strapped onto the hood of a 1970 Dodge Challenger with Stuntman Mike attempting to run the car off the road. Bell performs all her own stunts in the scene.
The Blues Brothers
Although there are two excellent chase scenes in The Blues Brothers, the shopping mall scene stands out since it was actually filmed inside a real shopping mall. The Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois was shuttered in 1979 before filming even began. The scene depicts Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Akroyd) Blues as they drive through a shopping mall, complete with chaotic shoppers, with the police hot on their heels. The destroyed mall was left by the movie crew and director John Landis for over 20 years until it was finally torn down in 2013.
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