Keep the motor running | 5 best car movies to watch during lockdown
Get your heart racing with car-themed movies, documentaries and series to keep your lockdown blues at bay
From an automotive journalist’s critical perspective, few scenes from the movies and documentaries listed below may be utter garbage, but the drama and CGI sourced high-octane action shots are worthy of your jaw-dropped reactions. We’re ditching clichéd flicks like Fast and the Furious for a new set of docuseries to tickle your senses unlike ever before.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019) | Netflix
Most F1 races of the 2020 season are cancelled or postponed. A great opportunity then, to delve deep into the drama and thrill of the sport with this series. It’s extremely well documented and captures the intimate, political and emotional aspects of this multi-billion-dollar motorsport business. Following the entire race season, it gives you a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes and gets you up close and personal with the sport like never before.
Drive (2011) | Netflix
Drive is an intriguing blend of adventure, mystery, suspense and drama. Ryan Gosling plays the role of an unnamed driver, who films stunts by day and earns extra cash by piloting getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. He falls for a beautiful young mother, Irene (Carey Mulligan), whose husband gets involved into an underworld money scam. Gosling and his gorgeous 1973 Chevrolet Malibu are now in trouble!
Williams (2017) | Netflix
Williams is a thrilling account of Sir Frank Williams’ enduring F1 racing business and how his team won nine constructor’s titles in the last 40 years. In 1986, things dramatically turned upside down after Frank’s near-fatal car crash that put his life and the team’s future in jeopardy. With a 93 per cent score on the Tomatometer, Williams is a promising watch.
Gone in sixty seconds (2000) | Netflix
Remake of the 1974 action flick, this Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie starrer, highlights the car-stealing skills of Memphis Raines, a master thief who along with a motley bunch of friends and family (who support the crime), steal fifty luxury cars in one night! The action scenes will keep your eyes pinned to the screen and so will the erotic 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 named Eleanor.
Apex: The story of a hypercar (2016) | Netflix
Hypercars, more often than not, are at the centre of brilliant technological innovations and carmakers often present radically different solutions to move the game on. This documentary focusses on some of the biggies like Porsche, McLaren, Pagani, Koenigsegg, Ferrari and BMW while decoding the ideas of brilliant engineers and designers.