Vehicles of various models have always been popular in movies. Whether the films are about cars or they incidentally feature cars, movie goers love seeing cars on the big screen, especially when it comes to high-speed adventure.
Since the early 2000s, Nissan has been steadily appearing in action movies. In some cases, such as the movie Fast Five, Nissan has practically been the star of the film.
Although many of your local Nissan dealers may not have the hot and heavy inventory shown in the movies in their showrooms, they do offer a plethora of other vehicle options that keep up with the popularity of the Nissan brand, such as the 2015 Nissan Altima. However, let’s take a closer look at some of the Nissan vehicles featured inpopular movies.
Nissan Film Appearances
The number of films that Nissan cars have rolled in this century has been staggering, so here’s an abbreviated list of appearances. Most of the following films feature a 350Z, unless otherwise noted:
- 2003: History of Nissan Z: The Definitive Story (documentary) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (1998 Nissan Skyline GT-4)
- 2004: The Last Ride
- 2006: The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold and Blind Dating
- 2007: 3000 Miles, Dolphins, D-War, and Awake
- 2008: One-Eyed Monster
- 2009: Fast & Furious and A Day in the Life
- 2010: The Chosen One
- 2011: Demoted, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, Fast Five (1969 Nissan Skyline GT-4), Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Born to Race
- 2012: Snow White: A Deadly Summer
- 2013: Movie 43 and Pacific Rim
- 2015: Meet the Machines (interactive film featuring 2015 Nissan GT-4 LM NISMO)
Meet the Machines
A much different type of car film—which you can watch on Nissan’s website—is an interactive production that allows viewers to learn about the automaker’s new LMP1 challenger race car. The GT-R LM NISMO was initially introduced to the world in a commercial during Super Bowl XLIX, which set an all-time TV audience viewing record in February 2015. The biggest TV event of the year reached more than 100 million viewers. It was a family-oriented and touching commercial that stood out for nostalgic music fans who remember the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin.
The interactive film experience, known as Meet the Machines, was created by the digital design firm Critical Mass, a division of Omnicom Group. It was filmed at 1,000 frames per second to assure amazing high-quality resolution. The production is an extension of Nissan Innovation wall technology, a popular feature at Nissan auto shows, including the New York International Auto Show in April 2015, which included six 55-inch screens side by side.
Since the new Le Mans car is one of the fastest motorsport vehicles in the world, viewers can watch and control the film in slow motion to get a better glimpse of all its components. Other models featured in this experience include the NISMO GT3 and Nissan Z.
Race Car Series
Since 2001, Universal Pictures has released a series of racing films called The Fast and the Furious series, the seventh of which came out in April 2015. The combination of these films has generated more than $2.7 billion in global gross receipts.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 was prominently showcased in the fourth film, Fast & Furious. It’s the choice of the FBI character, Brian O’Conner, played by Paul Walker, from an impound lot. He ends up in chase scenes with criminals heading from Los Angeles to the Mexican border.
GT-Rs first came on the scene in 1969 then disappeared after 1973 for more than a decade. It returned in 1989 with the Skyline R32 as one of the top race cars on the planet, winning the JTCC Group A championship four straight years as well as the Australian Touring Car Championship three years in a row in the early 1990s. The Skyline series was replaced by the Nissan GT-R in 2002.
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