There seems to be something about car movies that Americans really like. Have you noticed all the movies that are primarily based on cars? They’re all over! Movies like Bullitt and Smokey and the Bandit are classic ones that have spawned their own generation of car fanatics.
More modern movies such as Gone In 60 Seconds (2001) and Redline have taken a new twist on the plotlines with stealing cars and racing exotic cars. Gone In 60 Seconds (2001) is actually a remake of the 1975 version that spawned the Eleanor (which was originally a yellow ’73 Mustang Fastback). Most people don’t know that. Personally, I enjoy old car movies like this. I like classic cars and I really like the film style of the ’60s and ’70s.
Now our car movies sport street racing and gang activity (The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious). That isn’t to say, however, that these movies are trash and not worth viewing – quite the opposite, in fact. These are great movies that appeal to a whole different generation of car enthusiasts. Actors like Steve McQueen have been replaced by Brian Walker (if they were ever to do a remake of Bullitt I think Daniel Craig would play the role of Bullitt) and Vin Diesel.
Incidentally, Vin Diesel has a name that’s quite cut out for the automotive industry. Vin, meaning Vehicle Identification Number and Diesel, which is a fuel type. Go figure.