|The Daddy of Old School Movie Reviews|
|The only chase movie in history to officially star a Mustang|
Coincidentally, fifteen years prior to that tragedy, Gone In 60 Seconds marked - in dialogue - the end of another era in Eleanor, one of the last great Mustangs, a 1971 Ford Mustang Fastback Sportsroof, and the only star credited in the opening scenes of this car heist thriller.
Halicki plays Maindrian Pace, an insurance investigator moonlighting as California's number one car thief, with his trusty gang in tow. When a drug lord tasks his gang to rip off 48 cars, they get all but one, that sweet Mustang Eleanor. Only after a dispute does Maindrian's boss spitefully tip off the authorities about the job, leading Pace into a frantic attempt to escape across five California cities. That's the premise and that's all you need to know for the movie that sports an hour's worth of hair-raising chases. This movie is literally one third story and two thirds old school car stunt carnage, so regardless if you find older movies boring, if you love this kind of stuff you have no excuse not to witness the insanity of it all.
|"I'm here to fix your television... Let me just lob my tool out..."|
What is so fucking awesome about this movie is that it delivers tenfold on stunt action and classic car chase cinematography, utilising every known method and chewing up scenery like an exhaust-fume breathing Godzilla of high-toned internal cobustion. If you love your classic muscle cars, this could almost be sexual, but the fact that it doesn't try to be picture perfect lends its grit. For a family affair, having starred and been produced by several members of the Halicki family, you can tell this is a labour of love, and H B. himself (nicknamed Toby) leads the getaway like a true motor madman.
|The original 'Gone In 60 Seconds' Mustang jump.|
|The remake's version, with new and improved laws of physics.|
So how did H B. Halicki's Gone In 60 Seconds influence the world we know? Filmmakers only wish they could make a movie the way he used to, but you just don't see movies made for stuntmen by stuntmen these days. Nicholas Winding Refn scratched the surface with some tense driving using the same urban sprawl with Drive, the aforementioned Blues Brothers most definitely took cue from Halicki's smash 'n' dash epic, and we have an endless sea of videogames utilising that same old "you versus the entire city's police department" concept in Driver, Grand Theft Auto and the likes.
|Tip: Take your car to the Pay 'n' Spray to lose heat!|
Thanks again for reading, hope you enjoyed this and stay frosty for next week's trip back to the '80s. We have crazy arcade game-inspired sci-fi at its most unashamed and riotous college campus comedy like only nerds can deliver. Feel free to drop a comment and share with your good friends, and have a great week!