I love a good car chase. The precision driving, the artful union of cinematography and editing. Coordinating and filming a car chase is no mean feat and takes days of preparation, drawing on the talents of many. A good chase should be exciting and fun to watch, tense and exhilarating all at once.
Ronin is basically three car chases with some plot thrown in between. Okay, it's an exceptional film regardless of its amazing car chase sequences.
Jasan Statham kicks all kinds of ass in the first (and best) Transporter film, and the car chases are just as good. Similar to what's seen in Ronin, The Transporter's opening car chase is a bit more stylized and fun, but no less thrilling.
Let's take a moment to compare the above clips with this one from The Rock.
Note the close ups, shakey cam, and spectacular crashes and explosions. There's no question this is an exciting chase, but it lacks the finess and sophistication present in Ronin and The Transporter. Michael Bay relies on spectacle to carry the scene, while Frankenheimer and Leterier and Yuen let the car chases themselves do the work.
Fasten your seatbelts! Steve McQueen takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the strees of San Francisco. I do believe this was the fist movie to fly cars off the rolling rills of San Fran.
The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers holds the record for most car wrecks in one movie. But, even more awesome, it features a car chase through a mall. A mall with a store called "Disco Pants and Haircuts".