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Action films are notoriously known for having several elements that usually include chase scenes, explosions, little-to-known character development, and quick and easy plots. It should come as no surprise that the cars themselves are often main characters in these types of films, even becoming more important than the actors and actresses that are part of the cast. Consider all of the different action flicks that embrace these characteristics, and take a look at the few mentioned below.
Gone In Sixty Seconds
There are two versions of this classic film: the original, which debuted in 1974 and the remake, which came out in 2000. Both films are known for the climatic car chase scene, as well as the main plot: stealing a specific amount of cars in a short amount of time. Fifty cars are stolen through both films, including: a 1967 Custom Mustang, a 1971 Ford Mustang, a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera, a 1999 Lincoln Navigator, a 1965 Pontiac GTO, and many more.
The Fast And The Furious
The Fast and the Furious is known for having many sequels and many different car chases throughout its franchise. Throughout the six films of the series, different cars can be seen, such as: a 1970 Dodge Charger, a 2000 Nissan Silvia S15, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R, a 1994 Toyota Supra, a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible, and more. It’s obvious that these cars range in price, style, make and model. As the basic plot changes from one film to the next, so do the characters i.e. the cars.
Ryan Gosling headlined the above action film that received rave reviews. Taking a different approach from most common films, it can be argued that the different cars seen in this movie could actually represent the characters that drive said cars. There were several famous or lush vehicles during production, including: a 1973 Chevrolet Malibu, a 90’s Toyota Camry, a Pontiac GTO, a 2011 Mustang GR 5.0, and a Lincoln Town Car. Though this film may have many twists and turns, who drives what and why is rather noticeable. For instance, Ryan Gosling’s character i.e. the protagonist is seen driving 1973 Chevrolet Malibu.
Other Films And Other Cars
It can be argued that at least one type of car of any make or model will usually appear in all films (except for westerns, of course). Cars aren’t just used for action films to display racing, chasing, and stealing. For example, Scary Movie 4 (a film that offers no racing, chasing, or stealing scenes of any kind) has every character driving a Chrysler, in a futuristic world where only Chryslers are available for purchase. Depending on the type of movie, plot, and overall message the film wishes to send usually depicts what make and model of car is featured throughout the film.
Cars are used throughout movies for different reasons, whether it is for an action sequence or just getting a specific character from place to place. The next time you’re watching a film, it may be interesting to take notice of what types of vehicles are being used and why. Also, try and find a film that never, not even once, shows a car. The task might be harder than you think.
Ashley Williamson is a freelance writer and blogger who enjoys writing about American vehicles, especially those from Chrysler dealer Utah locations.
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