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All cars go at the same speed in the movies - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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All cars go at the same speed in the movies
This, surprisingly, doesn't seem to have been covered at TV Tropes.

I just rewatched 'Doomsday' and was struck by a glaring example of something quite common in action/cop shows/movies. When there is a car chase the pursuers and the pursued always travel at the same speed.

The heroine of 'Doomsday' is in a Bentley Continental GT (top speed 201.9 mph) and is being pursued by the cannibal gangs in a motley collection of vehicles including a plumber's van and some really old, crap, cars. The roads are empty and fairly straight. Really she'd just vanish into the distance and there would be absolutely sod all they could do about it. In the film they gain on her and there is all the usual action with cannibals jumping onto her car and trying to climb in through the windows and so on.

Exciting, yes, but stupid. Why not just have it that the car she finds, and uses in her getaway, isn't a supercar but is something slower - a Landrover Discovery, perhaps? What a waste of 0-60 in 4.3 seconds!

It's still a good film, and Rhona Mitra was excellent in it (so much so that I used her names for those of the gorgeous Jaffa harem girls in 'Olaf through the Stargate' as a tribute to her - she so should have played Lara Croft instead of the irredeemably American Angelina Jolie) but that doesn't mean little things like the car chase fail don't annoy me.
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framefolly From: framefolly Date: March 6th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not alone.

I get totally irked by this form of fail, too. Whether it's that the pursued has the better car, or the pursuers -- it just doesn't make sense that they'd be locked in this dead heat for minutes on end.
draconin From: draconin Date: March 6th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry but... "logic, Hollywood". Name two things that don't go together! This surprises you?
edenfalling From: edenfalling Date: March 6th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Subcategory of Traveling at the Speed of Plot, perhaps?
ningloreth From: ningloreth Date: March 6th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
What you've overlooked is that she's a WOMAN DRIVER. And everyone knows that, heroine or not, a WOMAN DRIVER can (indeed must) be overtaken by a proper driver, even if he's on a push bike.

Otherwise, the sky would fall in :-)
kazzy_cee From: kazzy_cee Date: March 6th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is also trufax that all motorbikes sound the same..... ;)
audela From: audela Date: March 6th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Or when the chase cars are some sort of behemoth American land yacht, and the chasee is in a Porsche and they're on a winding road... or the chasee is on some fancy motorbike and the chase cars are, well, ordinary cars, and they're in heavy traffic.

My father was a serious amateur rally driver and that sort of thing always got up his nose. He sometimes amused himself watching car chases on TV by suggesting things the drivers could be doing, to a chorus of "Dad! Shut UP, Dad!" He also got ticked off by TV drivers who'd had their brakes tampered with, unable to do anything but uselessly keep stomping the brakes and steering downhill at ever increasing speeds.

BTW, why are TV drivers always so terrified of unarmed motorcycles?
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woah, you still post from time to time and not about Stargate. :p I was hoping to hear something about the upcoming elections in Britain or about how evil Tony Blair is, but you can't have everything. ;)

As far as the topic... yeah, well, they got to keep dramatic tension. And her zooming off into the distance would have been good for a laugh, but I prefer the action, to be honest. Doomsday actually was a pretty nicely made movie.

So. Tabula Avatar? :p

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