To celebrate the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise hitting the big screen, we’re taking a look at films that heavily feature cars, and saying which are the best, the worst, and the ones we really don’t want to talk about.
The Good: The Fast and the Furious Franchise
There was a time when this franchise looked like it was done for. When Tokyo Drift hit cinemas, it seemed certain that the next in the series was set to go straight to DVD. But, with the subsequent releases of the fourth, fifth, sixth, and now seventh installments in the franchise, it’s only growing in popularity. Bring on Furious 8!
Honourable Mention: The Transporter
The sequels may not have been instant classics, but the first Transporter film is great fun. Jason Statham gives one of his best hard-man performances to date, and Luc Besson and Louis Leterrier do a great job bringing humour to an otherwise simple story.
Honourable Mention: Rush
The unbelievable real life story of two rival formula one drivers, this film is brilliantly directed by Ron Howard, and equally well acted by both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. Not an action film by any means, but a well made drama that I highly recommend.
The Bad: Drive
Why do people like Drive? It has no substance, Ryan Gosling is completely unbelievable as someone who can physically hurt somebody, the soundtrack is irritating and the story is nonsense. I wanted to put this in the ‘ugly’ section, but knowing that it has a strong cult following is stopping me. Why do people like it? I don’t know, but they do.
Dishonourable Mention: Drive Angry
You know a studio are desperate for your money when they put ‘shot in 3D’ on the poster. It seems like for every good Nicholas Cage film, there’s one where we escapes from hell in an effort to get revenge on the men who killed his daughter. Enough said really.
Dishonourable Mention: Herbie: Fully Loaded
This was the Herbie reboot nobody wanted. Lindsay Lohan might have come off worse than Michael Keaton, but the real loser was anybody who watched Herbie: Fully Loaded. I know it’s not the same kind of action film that’s been talked about so far but it thoroughly deserves to be called out.
The Ugly: Cars 2
I quite like the first Cars film. Had the series stopped there, it might well be in the ‘good’ portion. But it didn’t, and we were forced to watch by far the worst Pixar film to date. Boring, completely without charm, and made entirely to sell toys, Cars 2 earns it’s place at the bottom of the pile.
Why Mention: Need for Speed
Why wasn’t this good? Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper are both talented actors, and there were some good racing scenes and stunts, made all the better knowing that they’re all live action and not CGI, but this long, boring chore was painful to sit through.
Why Mention: Death Race franchise
Much like with Cars, the first Death Race is fairly enjoyable. Is it a good film? No, but it does what is sets out to do. Death Race 2? Oh dear. Death Race 3? How did this get made. Death Race 4? You better believe it’s coming out next year. Maybe it’ll be good? Maybe…
So that’s our list of the best, worst and the truly embarrassing films based around cars. You’ve probably seen most of the good ones, but are there any fans of Death Race 3 out there?
Do you agree or disagree with our choices? Which genre would you like to see us take on next? Let us know in the comments below.
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