Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Car Chases of Tomorrow

My favorite movies involve exciting adventures, such as in Sahara or Australia, which is why I write what I write.  I also enjoy a good action flick. In fact, I have all the Bourne and Mission Impossible movies on DVD, which I re-watch at least once a year. But, with our ever evolving automobile technology will those classic car-chase scenes change?

In a recent car commercial a car sensed an object behind it and automatically applied the brakes. How would Jason Bourne hotwire a vehicle on a rooftop parking lot, throw it into reverse, speed toward the lip of the building, and catapult the car over the ledge? In the future will smoke just roll from the tires as he floors the gas pedal and the car brakes? And, what about stability control? The instant a car senses a slip, it shuts itself down. This one has actually plagued me while trying to get up the last switchback on a steep snow-covered dirt road leading home. I could see dry ground just feet away, but my SUV decided to apply the brakes, and back down the mountain I went.

Will those adrenaline-pumping chase scenes of the modern movie be forced to progress along a straight line? I’m assuming a “cookie” in a front wheel-drive vehicle with stability control or a one-eighty direction change have become stunts of yore. Will the parking assist function allow our hero to ram into the bad guy to escape being pinned in and trapped? I’m sure my fellow creative writers will find ways to overcome these obstacles and keep the tension high and action pulsing, but when I close my eyes and picture car chases in the latest techno-cars I can’t help but ponder the future of high-speed drama.

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