Summer 2013: The Summer of Car Movies

 

What are we to make of this as car guys? Within about a month we’ll be able to see three car movies coming to the theaters, which is quite odd. We’re really not used to all of this attention. Now we’ve already gotten Fast and Furious 644 out of the way earlier this year, so we’re riding on 4 major car-related movies in 2013 alone.

But are they going to be any good? Sadly for car guys we have a long history of just crappy car movies. I mean, for God’s sake, they’re making a Hot Wheels movie. A Hot Wheels movie… What, why, how, who -wait, what? Some may like the Fast and Furious franchise, but they’re not really real car movies. Lots of fake stuff in there that could never happen in real life. The only good car movies were Grand Prix, Bullitt, Le Mans, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, and a couple of others.

These days car movies are cheesy. Poorly written scripts, directors who’re used to doing TV movies or commercials, actors that don’t read lines too well, etc.

However this time around we have one movie that could potentially get some Oscar buzz.

Rush, directed by Ron Howard, a really amazing director of great blockbusters -as well as a child actor who made it out alive- has brought us the real life story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their fight for the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship. Lauda famously ran for Ferrari and nearly died that year in a horrible crash that nearly burned him alive.

The movie stars Thor himself, aka Chris Hemsworth, as James Hunt; probably the wildest playboy in racing history. Then we have Daniel Brühl playing Niki Lauda. Brühl has had great roles in Inglorious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum, among others.

Here’s the most recent trailer for Rush:

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Rush is in theaters nationwide on September 27th and is rated .

Next up we have Snake & Mongoo$e, another movie based on a true story. This film’s about drag racing legends Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘The Mongoo$e’ McEwen who literally turned the marketing world around to service racing drivers and teams better. Basically, these two guys got Mattel’s Hot Wheels division to sponsor them, and then became two major rivals in the drag racing community, but also bringing NHRA top fuel dragsters and funny cars into the worldwide medium of racing.

Here’s the most recent trailer for Snake & Mongoo$e:

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The film opens September 6th in select theaters and uses actual footage from their races in the ’60s and ’70s.

Last but not least we have Getaway, or as I like to think, “Haven’t we seen two movies with the name before?” Why yes we have. An original movie from 1972 called “The Getaway” with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, and the 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. “Getaway” has nothing to do with those movies, but does look quite good on its own. It stars a personal favorite actor of mine, Ethan Hawke, as well as Selena Gomez? Wait, hang on… this can’t be right, can it?

So after consulting with the IMDb info, it is indeed Ms. Gomez, a former child star and teen pop idol.

Regardless, the movie circles around Brent Magna (Hawke) whose wife gets kidnapped and he has to drive an older Mustang GT500 Super Snake with cameras all over it and in it to do something for some random, strangely creepy voice that’s always on the car’s Bluetooth… even though that generation Mustang didn’t have Bluetooth.

Here’s the trailer for the movie Getaway:

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Let’s just hope it’s not cheesy with Selena Gomez’s bubblegum pop image. Although I’m confident that names like Ethan Hawke and Academy Award winner Jon Voight can reel people in. The film opens August 30th nationwide.

And so there you have it, a summer of automotive blockbusters. Some that’ll garner huge appraise, and others that may just be a glitch on someone’s career. Here’s to hoping they’re all good.

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