NYWC Weekly Writing Prompt: High-speed Chase

By Juan G. Rodriguez

In film there is nothing quite like a magnificently tense car-chase scene through the streets of a swarming and congested metropolitan area. The driver is in sync with the automobile and takes with corners hair-pin accuracy, as he or she drifts pass dangerous and deadly obstacles.

A great car-chase can generate a sensation of euphoria, while drawing the audience into the domain of the adrenaline-seeking motorist. ford mustang car racing car sports car automobile, (User, Pixabay). Steve McQueen, the actor who raced across movie screens in the 1968 American dramatic action thriller, “Bullitt,” once said, “Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.”

These philosophical words are a tempestuous invitation to car enthusiasts, a prayer to the fossil-fueled car deities. I have compiled my very own list of the top-five car chase scenes from movies, including Bullitt’s black Mustang navigating through the city of San Francisco, while being chased by a Dodge Charger filled with criminals.

Here are my top five car chase scenes:

5. The Italian Job” (2003)

4. “Quantum Solace” (2008)

3. “The French Connection” (1971)

2. “Batman Begins” (2005)

1. “Bullitt” (1968)

For Today’s writing prompt, write your very own cinematic car-chase scene. You can watch any or all of my top-five scenes for inspiration.