Most people probably wouldn’t imagine that Peterborough is at the forefront of technological advances, but they’d be wrong.
Having been awarded a grant by the Department of Transport the Peterborough City Council can afford to scrap their gas-guzzling motors and replace them with state of the art electric cars. This means the City’s traffic wardens can do their rounds in a vehicle that produces zero tailpipe emissions.
In honour of Peterborough’s forward-thinking approach, we look at four movies that gave us a glimpse into our possible motoring future, and then mixed it with a good old car chase.
Total Recall (1990)
Who doesn’t love an Arnie film? Especially when there’s an epic car chase involved.
Using a stolen Johnny Cab, Arnie makes his escape from his would-be captors, unfortunately resulting in the Johnny Cab meeting an explosive end. The chase has everything you’d expect – there are guns, explosions, a few near misses, and of course, Arnie escapes.
Score: 9/10 for originality and imagination.
I, Robot (2004)
We admit, this movie was just one long Audi advert, but who can blame them for wanting to show off? If you don’t like the car then you’ll be pleased to know that the Audi doesn’t make it.
So there are robots, more robots, Will Smith doing some pretty impressive driving, and yet more robots. Once you add guns, smashing glass, flames, and the car sliding upside down through the subway tunnel, you’ve got a great car chase scene.
Score: 8/10 for originality and imagination, because unfortunately Mr Smith just isn’t as good as Arnie.
Who’d have thought of casting Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and Anthony Hopkins all in one film? Throw in a car chase and Jerry Hall as the newswoman and you’ve got the ingredients for yet another great futuristic film.
There are blue tanks, red cars, Mick Jagger’s face on an inbuilt laptop screen and Emilio taking a leap off a bridge. Freejack was set in 2009 so it’s quite sad to think that 2009 wasn’t really like the film.
Score: 6/10 for originality and imagination, but I wouldn’t want Mick Jagger giving me driving tips so it loses a few points.
Not only have you got Tom Cruise but you’ve also got the amazing BMW i8, a futuristic-looking hybrid electric car. It makes for the perfect film, and the numerous car chase scenes are awesome, too.
Mr Cruise copes admirably with trials such as sand storms and technology failures to save the day, aided throughout the film by various high performance BMWs.
Score: 7/10 for originality and imagination. There are a few impressive car chases and the sheer number of times Tom manages to find a BMW to steal is really quite amazing!