Alex was watching the original “Italian Job” this morning and said how much he likes car chases (they have cars in, so I’m not shocked…). He asked me to find some more chases for him to watch, so I decided to blog the ones I think are top of the charts – or at least the ones that I think are top of the charts and available online to watch!
Some clips were unavailable, so I had to use what I could find – dodgy edits, condensed clips, altered music… but you get the idea.
A good chase is about the cars, the driving, the skills… and not the computer effects…. That’s why ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ and ‘Fast and the Furious’ don’t make the grade – they use CGI to augment the driving, and that takes me out of the moment.
That being said, the final scene in the first ‘Fast and the Furious’ is pretty good – and one of the best staged race/chases in the whole franchise.
A doff of my hat to the one good chase in the franchise…
And now, in no particular order…. the good stuff…
(Vetted by Alex..)
Dual (The movie IS the chase. Truck v Car)
The Italian Job (Original – not the weak 2003 version).
Quantum of Solace (Bond with no gadgets)
The Bourne Identity (Not a great recording of it though)
The Blues Brothers – Nazi “Always loved you”chase.
Gone in 60 Seconds – (The original 1974. No need for CGI)
The Blues Brothers – Condensed chase footage. Face it – the movie IS the car chase…
The French Connection
And finally…. for a laugh…
The Blues Brothers chase in full… but with ‘Benny Hill’ effect…
What? You didn’t mention HERBIE?!
No I didn’t…. because it’s b******s. FACT.
Finally finally…. because Alex likes it… (although it has software speed help)
Me, my Audi and Goodwood circuit… (fitted with Macbook Turbo… )