What was your favorite movie car chase this year?
With the global pandemic shutting down movie theaters around the world, many of 2020's most anticipated Hollywood films suffered long delays. Gearheads were disappointed when James Bond's 'No Time to Die' and 'Fast and Furious 9' were pushed back until 2021.
Thankfully, there were still plenty of movies released in theaters and online streaming services packed with great automotive action to keep us entertained this year. Here are our picks for the best movie car chases of 2020 you should watch over the holidays.
No Bad Boys film is complete without a captivating car chase. 'Bad Boys For Life' was no exception, opening with a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S tearing up the streets and sliding through beaches in Miami with police in pursuit. 20 years after 'Bad Boys II,' Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as wisecracking cops Mike and Marcus.
Performing tailslides, high-speed reverse driving, and a reverse 180, the Carrera S gets a good workout, and Smith and Lawrence's banter is on top form. But without Michael Bay sat in the director's chair, the action is less bombastic. At times, the scene also feels like a glorified Porsche advert, with Will Smith's character constantly praising the car's performance and styling. Thanks to the magic of movie editing, it sounds like Carrera S' twin-turbo flat-six was replaced with a naturally-aspirated V10 from a Carrera GT.
Christopher Nolan is one of the most innovative filmmakers in Hollywood. In his latest science-fiction flick 'Tenet' starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, he directed one of the most creative car chases in a long time. The scene starts with the two protagonists using a firetruck to perform a daring highway heist on a moving armored truck.
It kicks up a gear when time is inverted and a backward-driving Audi Q7 chases the forward-driving BMW 5 Series. Over 50 stunt drivers were carefully coordinated for the challenging sequence, and the cars were modified to drive forward or backward at high speed, enabling them to drive in reverse at 60 mph. Not only is the car chase in 'Tenet' unconventional, but it's also an important part of the narrative.
Starring Russell Crowe, 'Unhinged' is essentially one long chase movie with callbacks to Steven Spielberg's directorial debut film 'Duel,' in which Crowe plays a maniac who relentlessly terrorizes a woman and her son. After a road rage incident goes wrong, Crowe chases their beaten-up 1990s Volvo 960 family wagon in a sinister-looking Ford F-250.
She manages to evade him on city streets, but he soon catches up with them on the highway and causes carnage whenever innocent bystanders get in his way. In one standout scene, he rams a Dodge Charger police car, which gets dismembered by an oncoming truck, causing a spectacular pileup.
Released exclusively on Netflix, 'Extraction' effectively filled the void of big-budget summer Blockbuster films on the big screen. Chris Hemsworth plays a mercenary tasked with rescuing the kidnapped son of India's biggest crimelord, but it's all just an excuse for some fistfights, shootouts, and, of course, a car chase.
'Extraction' was directed by Sam Hargrave, who used his experience as a stuntman to direct some very visceral action scenes. What makes Extraction's car chase stand out is that it was filmed to look like a continuous one-shot take, putting you inside the car for almost the entire scene. This increases the immersion and intensity when Hemsworth's character narrowly avoids traffic and rams into police cars in a Mercedes E-Class sedan.
Another Netflix-exclusive, 'Lost Bullet' is France's answer to Fast & Furious. Directed by Guillaume Pierret, the film centers on a mechanic with a criminal past who is framed for murder and must prove his innocence by locating a bullet linked to the crime inside a missing car.
'Lost Bullet' was clearly filmed on a modest budget, but that doesn't mean you should write it off because it contains some of the most spectacular car action in any film released this year. In the film's climactic chase, a Renault 21 Turbo is fitted with a Mad Max-style ram bar that rips off the rear axle of a police car, rams it into a roadblock, and flips it over. The cop car crash count only increases when the chase enters city streets - The Blues Brothers would be proud. Best of all, all the stunts were done for real with no CGI trickery.