If there is anything that we know in life, it is that cars are really nice to look at. If there is anything else that is truer that that, it is that cars can really perform. We see them on the road each day and we see promotional videos as well. If we really wanted to see how cars manage to perform in extreme situations, we go to the movies for that.
Today, we wanted to talk about some movies that really managed to show what cars can really do. Without further ado, let’s get started!
The Fast and the Furious
Of course we had to start the list with this one! The Fast and the Furious franchise really put a spotlight on illegal street racing, the car modifications, and the appeal of the “ride or die” mentality. While the latter pieces of the franchise all were a bit hard to believe with the submarine bit—there is still no denying the power that a well-made piece of automotive machinery can accomplish.
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed franchise stems from a super popular game series. The Need for Speed movie while still heavily focused in supercars and big car brands was able to provide a bit of a taste of how supercars perform under pressure. Who else had their eye stuck on the beautiful Ford Shelby Mustang they featured? It certainly caught our attention!
The Italian Job
Well-tuned cars and heists seemed to be a match in heaven. This movie is who we directly blame for the big boom in the public’s interest in the Mini Cooper. The character of Charlize Theron drove around with a 1969 Mini Cooper at the start of the film.
Near the end, she and her team of thieves drove around with the 2003 version of the vehicles. While the newer cars needed a bit of a trim to lose some weight, they managed to show the ability to make hard turns, fit into subway stations, and carry several kilograms of gold.
Gone in 60 Seconds
Much like the movie mentioned previously, Gone in 60 Seconds is a heist film. Rather than gold being stolen, it’s cars. We follow Nicholas Cage and his team of thieves as they try to complete a checklist of different cars; the linchpin being a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500.
Cars are pretty marvelous things. The engine can purr and it can certainly roar and if there was anything that we learned from the movies we mentioned above is that having a well-tuned car can mean the difference between life and death. While we really hate to sound dramatic, anyone who has had a problematic car will tell you the same thing.
What particular movie would you say really showed off the abilities of cars?