7 reasons why Ronin has the best car chase of all time

You can keep your Fast & Furious mate

2y ago

We had our Christmas party last night, so I'm feeling a little tender today. If there's one thing I've learnt in my 29 years on this earth, it's that the best hangover cure in the world is immersing yourself in the 6 minutes that is the car chase from Ronin.

For too long Fast & Furious has been lauded as having the best car chases, but throwing money and explosions at a chase doesn't necessarily improve it. The beauty is in the details and that's what the chase from Ronin excels at.

You have your 'edge of seat' action along with a strong sense that this chase could genuinely happen, whereas with the Fast & Furious there is a massive suspension in reality. It takes you out of the chase where Ronin brings you right in.

If you aren't convinced, sit back and let me take you through the 7 reasons Ronin has the best car chase of them all.

1) Parisian backdrop

How on earth they managed to close such large areas of Paris down to shoot this scene I'll never know. I'm starting to believe that they didn't close it down at all and just drove like lunatics through Paris on a Wednesday afternoon. They just dealt with the insurance aftermath afterwards.

Paris is a beautiful backdrop for any scene, but the bustling streets full constant obstacles makes the chase all the more dramatic.

2) Real world cars

One of the key aspects to why this chase feels authentic is the cars. On paper a Peugeot 406 vs BMW E34 sounds a pretty drab affair, but when you put them in a claustrophobic setting and both cars are driving to their absolute limits, the drama is amplified. The stunt drivers also absolutely lick the stamp and send it into every corner.

They aren't racing in unattainable Skylines or muscle cars, they're battling in your dad's company car and it's bloody fantastic.

3) Realistic crashes

When you see the crashes in Fast & Furious it is nearly always followed by an explosion. This is a message to the entire film industry when I say "STOP MAKING EVERYTHING F*CKING EXPLODE." A Renault 21 having a minor shunt with a Peugeot 106 and a lorry is somehow way more entertaining.

4) No music

Don't get me wrong, I love the moment when the Teriyaki Boyz comes on in Tokyo Drift, but it is the constant dramatic music in all of the Fast & Furious chases telling me how I should be feeling at the precise moment that annoys me. Ronin strips all that Hollywood away and leaves you with some high revving engines and tyre squeals. Simple but effective.

5) The realistic portrayal of BMW drivers

If you ignore the rest of the scene and just watch the clips where the BMW dices through traffic and flashes its lights without indicating, you couldn't get closer to real life than that.

6) De Niro's terrible acting at driving

I think we can all agree that Robert De Niro is a brilliant actor. I mean, he was young Vito Corleone for god's sake. However, put him in a car and he suddenly turns into Adam Sandler. To be fair, he might be the first American to have ever been inside a Peugeot 406, but he could do a little better than this.

7) Citroen ZX police cars

This one maybe a little niche, but it is close to my heart. As I learnt to drive in a Citroen ZX 1.9TD, seeing them as police cars in a high octane chase just fills me with unadulterated joy. This film is the perfect example of why driving fast in a slow car is much better than driving slow in a fast car.

If you aren't convinced yet, you can watch the entire chase in HD in the clip below:

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Comments (49)

  • One of my absolute favorite movies. Love Jean Reno. The best moment is Vincent going: "merde" and putting on his seat belt, paying homage to Bullit.

      2 years ago
  • Fun fact, the BMW and 406 used for the close-up shots of the actors in the chase were towed around Paris at high speed by a Mercedes 500E. So the look of abject terror on De Niro's face is in fact real. Also, the BMW used was a 535i (well, four of them) not an M5. One of the stunt cars had an 'M' badge on the front grille, but the others didn't. I really like that movie.

      2 years ago
  • The reason it’s so great is remy julliennes stunt team.

    De Niros acting is not terrible - it’s genuine fear. The steering wheel is a fake and he’s sat next to a stunt driver. That’s why his close up only covers his side of the windshield

    The reason this case could happen, is because it did. Huge team of stunt drivers made it happen.

      2 years ago
  • The chase in the first transporter was pretty good too. Top 5 definitely.

      2 years ago
  • If you've got time, look up to ''C'était un rendez vous''. It's a 9 minutes short movie that was shot with two cars. Real driving, In Paris with open roads (so realistic traffic). It was made in 1976 (according to google). They are a few side stories but it is better if you readers search them after seeing it.

      2 years ago
    • Yeah that's a classic. Apparently, the Ferrari that was driving through the streets was actually an '80s Mercedes and the Ferrari noise was overlaid later on. Not sure if that was ever comfirmed

        2 years ago
    • I have read that they made two runs through paris The first with a mercedes that had the camera and the second with a Ferrari for the sound. The Merc was used for it's hydrolic or hydro pneumatic suspension to have a stable image and the Ferrari...

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