February 24, 2011
MRQE Rewind: 15 Classic Cinematic Car Chases
Drive Angry 3D coming out this weekend, in which Nic Cage basically takes us on a two-hour-long car chase, we took a look in our rear-view mirror and compiled a list of cinema's most thrilling car chases that will truly make your heart race.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977) - MRQE Metric: n/a
Bonnie and Clyde meets Joe Dirt meets James Bond. That is what Smokey and the Bandit is all about--that, and Smokey's hot '77 Pontiac Trans-Am. The full second-half of the flick is pure care chase, involving Burt Reynolds as "Bandit" and Sally Reed as "Frog" avoiding, running from, and persuading both, state and local police across many state lines. Prior to release, the film was subject to be just a simple "B-list" hit, but once Burt Reynolds signed on it became a box office smash, grossing over $126 million and coming up in second, behind Star Wars, as one of the most successful films of the 1970's. The film went on to spawn two sequels.
Bad Boys II (2003) - MRQE Metric: 43
The Cannonball Run (1981) - MRQE Metric: n/a
The Bourne Identity (2002) - MRQE Metric: 68
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) - MRQE Metric: n/a
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - MRQE Metric: 62
The Spy Who Loved Me, and the $4 million Aston Martin DB5 (the most iconic of all of Bond's Aston Martins, as featured in Goldfinger), all add to a collection of completely renovated and gadgeted-out James Bond cars.
Death Proof (2007) - MRQE Metric: 73
Mad Max 2 (1982) - MRQE Metric: 81
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) - MRQE Metric: n/a
1989 sequel. Yet, the later, equally successful 2000 remake, starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, included just as many high-speed intense car chases as the original.
The Italian Job (1969) - MRQE Metric: 77
2003 remake (starring Mark Wahlberg), dealing with Italians, mobsters, car chases, and a whole boat load of cash. The first film featured Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Jaguars. The remake chose just one crown jewel, the 2003 Mini Cooper. Almost a joke at first--the way the writers incorporated such an understated car in a smooth, witty way--really gave the second version a unique edge.
Duel (1971) - MRQE Metric: 78
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - MRQE Metric: 66
The French Connection (1971) - MRQE Metric: 90
The Blues Brothers (1980) - MRQE Metric: 81
Bullitt (1968) - MRQE Metric: 74