POLL. Five of the worst movie car chases

Another weekend, another Bullitt viewing, another slow muse into abstract motoring-themed thoughts. When you think ‘car chase’ and Hollywood, chances are pretty high that Ronin, Vanishing Point, Duel and The Italian Job are towards the top of the list. But how often do you consider those chases that didn’t quite make the grade? Or were just plain crap?

Here’s some examples we thought might get you going.

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1. Godzilla (1998)

Godzilla vs. New York Taxi

Consider this, the vehicle for this chase – commandeered by Ronin-specialist Jean Reno – is a ’92 Chevrolet Caprice and a New York cab to boot. Chances are pretty high then that there’s already 300,000km on the clock, shocks that are beyond knackered, tyres that are on their last legs, and a meter on the ambitious side of accurate. And yet still this 90s relic manages to drift perfectly around almost every corner, survive 20+ drops onto unyielding tarmac with little if any damage to the suspension, and outsprint a 150-foot tall atomically mutated iguana that’s already given a pack of apache helicopters a run for its money.

Even despite the presence of Tokyo’s favourite movie monster, there’s very little in the way of logic here.

Source – zakopiec911

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2. Fast Five (2011)

Dodge Charger SRT-8 (x2) + bank vault vs. Police Interceptors

Is it the prospect of two cars evading pretty much every squad car in Rio de Janeiro that guarantees Fast Five a place on this list? No. Is it the almost relentless onslaught of puns, comedic asides and meaningful glances by Vin Diesel across the top of the camera? Perhaps. What really sticks the cherry on the coconut flan though is the idea that one 2010 Charger SRT-8 can drag a 50,000lb bank vault down the highway at speed without denting its top speed.

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3. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

Shelby GT500 vs. LA police department

To denigrate a chase that stars the monstrously awesome 650+hp V8 Shelby GT500 comes close to sacrilege, and yet there are mitigating circumstances. For one, the muscular titan’s notable absence throughout the movie. For another, even a flaming skull head, a leather jacket and a full-time job as the devil’s bounty hunter couldn’t make Nicholas Cage truly engaging (well, apart from this).

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Source – MrMoti84’s channel

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4. The Last Stand (2013)

Corvette ZR1 C6 vs Camaro ZL1

So, a near-seven foot Austrian has worked his way through the ranks of the American police force to become sheriff in a backwater part of Arizona. All well and good, nothing to poke holes in there. Our villain, on the run from he FBI and with hostage in-tow, steals a 1000hp Corvette ZR1 C6 to make a blast to safety across the Mexican border. At 320kph. And without stopping for fuel. Again, no issues there.

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Feel free to try and pick any holes you can in this…

Source – HaCkZyukon

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5. Driven (2001)

Single seater vs. single seater

Bending the imagination almost in half is required to believe that Rambo could pass as a bone-a-fide CART driver, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about this film. It is stupefyingly awful and quite a sizeable blackmark on the CVs of not only director Renny Harlin (he of Die hard 2 fame no less) but also Burt Reynolds. Bet you’d forgotten he appeared in this…

It’s tempting to watch the entire film whilst rubbing the bridge of your nose and thanking all and sundry that Stallone couldn’t make the deal stick with Bernie Ecclestone (yes, Driven could actually have been set against a Formula 1 backdrop), but the chase through downtown Chicago makes for particularly painful viewing.

We’re not sure how deaf you would be driving an IndyCar at full chat, through the city centre, without a helmet, but our guess is ‘very’.

Source – Trailer Treasures

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