The 24-Hour Need For Speed Car-Chase Marathon
BULLITTTaking off around 1:30, meet the godfather of cool. Steve McQueen was lightning in the driver’s seat, never moreso than in this cop classic. From producer Philip D’Antoni, responsible for some of the gnarliest car movies of the Seventies, this San Francisco thriller finds McQueen as the turtlenecked stud of the title, a lieutenant who has to uncover a massive political conspiracy tied to a low-level thug, one car chase at a time. Bullitt’s Mustang soaring over the San Francisco streets remains one of the most indelible cinematic images of its time.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFTAs much as people love the Fast And Furious films, they only used cars as props: the first two films are action pictures with crime drama undertones, and the fourth film on emphasize family, explosions, and action so absurd that it seems as if people actually take flight. If you want something with an emphasis on driving, you might need to see the third, and lowest-grossing of the films. Justin Lin’s first time out isn’t beholden to leading men as the narrative’s fulcrum, a displaced teen played by Lucas Black, ends up giving way to the film’s emphasis on drifting. As a style of driving, drifting is both wonderfully cinematic as well as surprisingly peaceful, emphasizing skill and grace over the brutish hardcore speed of the other films.
This article was first published on March 14, 2014 and was last updated on June 16, 2014.
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