Earlier this summer, “Mad Max: Fury Road” blew fans away with its reintroduction of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy in this installment) and the debut of Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa. It slayed with the critics and won over fans, while setting up at least a sequel, maybe more. Not too shabby at all.
But the film didn’t just do all the above (not that it needed to do more, you know). It also inspired Michael Mirasol to make a killer supercut of some of the most awesome vehicular chases in movies. Watch below for some serious heart-pumping, rubber-burning, pedal-to-the-metal action. You might be surprised what all made the cut.
Films like “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” and “The Italian Job” assuredly make the grade. Mirasol doesn’t forget to use scenes from installments of such chase-riddled franchises as “The Matrix,” “The Dark Knight,” and the ‘Bourne‘ series. The “Tron” movies, in particular “Tron: Legacy,” seem to dominate the video, but it’s no surprise that “Wanted” or “The Fifth Element” or “Transporter 3” find their way in, either. And, naturally, no chase montage would be complete without a little “Fast and Furious” thrown in. But you might ask, how is it that dark, intense films like “Drive” might make the same supercut as animated work like “Toy Story” and “Cars”?
Mirasol explains, “This video was borne out of a single shot in George Miller’s action epic ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ when the biker gang chases Furiosa’s war rig, bounding off desert foothills in relentless pursuit. Strangely enough, the scene triggered memories of Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ when Elliot and his friends pedal away from pursuing police on foothills of the suburban kind. Could these two moments have been linked? I love to think so. But only Mr. Miller surely knows.”
What’s your take on that? Could Mirasol be onto something? Is there any connection whatsoever? And then test yourself — what movies can you spot in his 10-and-a-half-minute supercut? (Mirasol devotes the last two-minutes to crediting the films included, but see how many you recognize before that.) [Live For Films]