Mercedes-Benz, Liam Neeson battle black SUV in Unknown

James Raia

Epic cars scenes in movies range from Gene Hackman in the French Connection to Steve McQueen in Bullitt and the classic Mini Cooper scene in the Italian Job to high energy catapult across the country by Barry Newman in his 1970 Dodge Challenger in Vanishing Point.

Selecting best car scenes in movies is subjective. But Liam Neeson’s car chase scene in Unknown, the current No. 1 movie in the United States, is memorable. It fits in well with the flow of film and while not in the caliber of some of the best cars scenes of all-time, it’s edge-of-your-seat footage.

In the scene, Neeson is the driver of a Mercedes-Benz sedan tax. With passenger Diane Kruger, the twosome, like in many car chase scenes, is trying to get way from a pursuer in a black SUV who wants to do them harm.

It’s bumper-car action, high-speed in reverse in alleys and full power straight ahead while just avoiding an oncoming electric bus.


Article Last Updated: February 27, 2011.

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