Let’s talk about car chases. Obviously, they’re popular, entire series have been created about them *cough* Fast & the Furious. Productions spend a lot of money to create them and I’ve been told they draw in the traditional “action movie fans.” But, are they actually good? Do they ever move the plot forward in a way that isn’t just a stall?
Yes, usually the protagonist and the antagonist end up in a different spot physically than when they started the chase, but in my opinion that’s about it. Car chases are never the final showdown between the hero and the main boss. There aren’t high stakes, main characters never meet their end in them, and if you were to walk away from the screen during the duration of the chase, you’d miss nothing essential to the story. They’re usually action filler. Which is why if I need to go to the bathroom during a James Bond flick, I always know when to make my move.
I guess you could make the same argument for the hand-to-hand combat fights that a hero encounters on his journey, but to me those feel more like leveling up to get to the end.
What are your thoughts on car chases? Entertaining or fluff?
– Katrina Rotondo