The best car crashes in films
To commemorate my fiancé crashing her car this weekend, in quite spectacular style, we're going to spend this feature looking at the best car crashes in films.
From impressive single car crashes, to multiple car pile ups. Which car accidents have hit you the hardest? Which look the most real? Or which have just been so spectacular that they've left you looking at the screen with your mouth aghast?
Before anyone thinks I'm heartless, can I just point out before we begin that this feature was her idea.
There are a couple that I can think of right off straight away, and the first is just for sheer number in any one film, The Blues Brothers.
That film holds a record for the number of cars crashed from start to finish. Although they aren't incredible to watch, you can be amazed at the number of police cars involved in one crash, one after the other.
Another that immediately springs to mind is the highway chase scene from The Matrix Reloaded. Some of the most spectacular stunts and crashes you'll see in a chase sequence. Not only are the car setups and stunts amazing to see, but the mixture of fights and special effects just elevate them to another level.
Something that always sticks in my mind is the moment where the agent leaps on top of the car bonnet and it crumples instantly, lifting the rear up in the air as he leaps forward towards another vehicle.
One of the simplest I've seen, and it works really well, is in Final Destination, when that girl walks into the street and you don't suspect a thing, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, BANG! That buss hits her. Simple and scares the audience half to death. That shows that car crashes can be a little different to the big car pile ups and still deliver thrills.
Then, of course, there's a spectacular stunt sequence of the pile up in Final Destination 2. Whatever you think of that scene you have to accept that those sequences were superbly choreographed and edited together. Or how about that head on car crash with the two racing cars in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (review)? That was one hell of a crash.
So what car crashes can you think of that have delivered on thrills, action, and sheer amazement? Are there any in such fims as The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit, just about any James Bond? Which can you think really took your breath away on screen?