There's an inherent compromise in "car movies." Go heavy on the realism and mechanical accuracy, and you've got a film with extremely niche appeal—Steve McQueen's Le Mans is the quintessential example. Head in the other direction, using the cars as the backdrop for the action, and you've got goofy fun that doesn't necessarily reflect gearhead reality. Transformers is but one example.
But the latest action movie slated to come out this summer seems to hit the incredibly small sweet spot, promising something for everyone—gearheads, action movie fans, and even music lovers.
Check it out: Instead of going for some kind of outrageous muscle car freak machine or mega-dollar hypercar (we're looking at you, Dom), this movie opts for a Subaru WRX as the heist getaway car. It's not even an STI, and it's used.
And judging by the stunts shown in the trailer, this won't be a movie chock-full of computer-generated car antics. Obviously, we don't know the full thrust of the film, but the driving on display here all seems like it was done by real humans in real cars, not illustrators sitting at computer screens.
Even if you're not a die-hard gearhead, this movie looks enticing. With big-time stars like Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm, it seems to have a plot and script to keep you engrossed even when there aren't cars flying across the screen at lurid angles.
In fact, the only thing we find a little troublesome is . No matter—with great stars, excellent driving, and assumedly good writing (it's written and directed by , the director behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), this is a movie you can bring your non-gearhead friends along to watch.
Think of it as a less brooding, more high-energy take on Drive. We can't wait to see this in the theaters when it comes out in August of this year.