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2003 VaRaces Awards

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2003 VaRaces Awards

Varaces.com salutes the top achievements in car chases on film in the past year. 2003 featured movies like the The Matrix:Reloaded, 2Fast 2Furious, and Terminator 3 which proved that computer effects could enhance a chase without distracting from it. 2003 set new standards for car chases for years to come.

 

Most Inventive Car Chase

This award goes to the film that added the most new ideas to the car chase sequence. These nominees did more than show two cars following each other above the speed limit.
The Nominees are:
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
It's easy to show a couple of cars driving down a street and call it a chase. T3 took it up a notch by bringing in a 10 ton crane and remote controlled police cars.


An ATV flies across rooftops in
Cradle 2 the Grave
Cradle 2 the Grave
When the going gets tough, the tough jump on an ATV and escape from the cops by not only going through buildings, but over them

The Italian Job
A group of thieves use Mini Coopers to drive through the subway to escape a helicopter, among other things.

The Winner is:
Cradle 2 the Grave
Cradle 2 the Grave did something that few chase scenes, do. It moved the chase from the streets to inside buildings and onto rooftops. By taking a unique vehicle like an ATV and using it to it's full potential, this movie elevated what would have been a standard sequence to an award worthy chase scene.

 

Most Destructive Chase Scene

A movie isn't a movie until something blows up. This award goes to the chase scene that caused the most amount of damage in the name of entertainment.
The Nominees are:
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Police cars play pinball with a pickup truck, a crane smashes through a wall, and thats before the firetruck gets involved.

The Terminator doing what he does best.
Bad Boys 2
The Ferrari chasing the bad guys doesn't get a scratch, but the same can't be said for the dozens of cars left in it's wake.

The Matrix: Reloaded
The filmmakers built their own section of freeway so they could throw vehicles in the air in every way imaginable. It's a thing of beauty.

The Winner is:
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Athough all of this years nominees did a great job in destroying cars, trucks and 18 wheelers, T3 went the extra mile by dragging a crane through a building and up ending it. Did I mention the building?

 

Best Driving

Behind every good chase scene is a great driver. This award celebrates some of the best behind the wheel skills seen on screen.
The Nominees are:
Paycheck
It may have came late in the year, But Paycheck delivered a great chase with exceptional driving and motorcycle riding.


The Italian Job made the already cool Mini even cooler.
The Italian Job
Being the namesake of a classic film meant that The Italian Job had a lot to live up to. And it did.

Hollywood Homicide
Almost out of the blue, Hollywood Homicide hit the screens with a chase that was better than most.

The Winner is:
Paycheck
It looks like director John Woo took notes while filming his BMW film short and brought it to the big screen. Paycheck places the camera on a motocycle and lets the rider show his skills as a squad of Crown Vics pursue him down city streets and into a construction yard. It's as if every vehicle involved is a part of an elaborate dance.

 

Car Chase of the Year

This is the big one. The single most exciting, well done, car chase of 2002. This award takes into account everything from stunt work, how the scene enhanced the plot, how the sequence was shot, etc.
The Nominees are:
The Matrix: Reloaded
At lot of hype was built up around ths chase scene, and for good reason.


Trinity from The Matrix: Reloaded
goes against the flow of traffic.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator movies are known for over the top action and T3 didn't dissapoint.

2Fast 2Furious
Both domestics and imports were showcased in a movie that had something for every kind of car lover.

The Winner is:
The Matrix: Reloaded
The Matrix: Reloaded raised the bar for chase scenes. In a movie that is known for it's special effects, a surprisingly large percentage of the scene was created with real drivers performing flawless stunts. And when special effects were used, they meshed perfectly. Not only do the technical aspects of the scene stand out, but the pacing and twists make the chase have it's own story arc. When you think it's about to be over, it ramps up again in a completely different direction. Thats what makes the chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded worthy of being the Car Chase of the Year.

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