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Wanted (2008)

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Due out to hit the cinemas in late June 2008 is Wanted, based upon the comic book novel of the same name. Story follows humdrum life of disaffected slacker Wes Gibson, played by James McAvoy, whose life is transformed when he meets Fox, assassin extraordinaire, played by Angela Jolie. Of more interest to car chase fans though is the film's main pursuit sequence, which features Jolie driving a Dodge Viper and villain in a delivery van down city streets. Since the car chase features heavily in the film's most recent trailer, there may be reason to believe that sequence is one of the film's showcase moments. However, initial word is that it will be a major CGI affair so may not appeal to car chase purists.

More details are available at the film's website.

 

 

 

Speed Racer (2008)

Speed Racer PosterThe Wachowski Brothers, who produced arguably the best CGI car chase in Matrix Reloaded, return to the automotive terrain in their feature film adaptation of Speed Racer based upon the Japanese TV anime series. Some critics have compared the film's stunning visuals with the green screen work in Sin City and the 300. Like the martial art sequences in the Matrix trilogy, viewers can expect set pieces that also stress the impossible with automobiles performing incredible stunts. Although rated PG, the film is really family fare with its overt cartoon aesthetic.

Speed Racer opens in both the USA and the UK 9th May 2008.

Speed Racer website.

2008 Summer Car Chase Releases

Every summer one can expect a fresh crop of car chase releases and it appears that the summer of 2008 will be no different. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull started it off with arguably the most car chase content of the entire Indiana Jones series. And as previously announced Wanted finally hits the screens with its long awaited extended car chase sequence.

Along with these films there are more automotive delights in store. Get Smart, with Steve Carell in the Maxwell Smart role in this feature film adaptation of the 1960s television series, also has a car chase as one of its major action set pieces. Watch the film's trailer for a glimpse.

Amongst the big blockbusters during the 1st July release schedule is Hancock. Will Smith plays a down on his luck superhero, and sees him intervene in a freeway chase that recalls the pursuit sequence in Bad Boys II.  Go to the film's website for more.

Finally one cannot fail to note perhaps one of the most anticipated films of the year, The Dark Knight. One can only hope that the chase sequence featuring the Bat Pod, Batman's military looking motorcycle, will hold its own in comparison with the car chase with the Batmobile in Batman Begins.  Get the lowdown from the film's website

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