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Film / Burning 2014

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"Official Chevy killer."

Børning is a Norwegian Road Movie from 2014 about a mechanic and amateur drag racer named Roy, who all throughout his life's been feuding with fellow gearhead and street racer TT about the merits of American muscle cars vs the Japanese dito. Hoping to finally settle the matter once and for all, they decide to race each other from Oslo to Nordkap. That's 2000 kilometers to go, with the cops in hot pursuit. The winner gets 100 Norwegian kronor. Things don't get any easier when all of Roy and TT's friends, as well as a bunch of Swedes in German sports cars, AND Roys rebellious daughter, decide to come along for the ride.

A classic car chase action comedy, deeply inspired by Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, The Fast and the Furious, Initial D and of course Pinchcliffe Grand Prix.

Sequel called Børning 2 was released in 2016, this time putting Roy on an arctic street race from Bergen to Murmansk, crossing over four countries.


This film provides examples of:

  • Badass Driver: Everyone. Roy, TT, and Doffen especially.
  • Car Fu: Not very surprising. Roy's jump onto a flatbed truck and later his leap of faith of a rock ridge, especially stand out.
  • Cool Car: Goes without saying. Roy's 67 Ford Mustang, TT's Toyota GT 86, and Doffen's 1986 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am especially so.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Japanese sports cars vs American muscle cars? Yes please!
  • Cowboy Cop: Mindor Hammer. Not surprising, considering he's pretty much an Expy of Buford T Justice.
  • Greaser Delinquents: He's a little too old to be called a delinquent at this point, but Roy belongs to the Scandinavian Raggare subculture.
  • No Warrant? No Problem!: Similar to Buford T. Justice, Hammer doesn't lets something as simple as "jurisdiction" get in the way of him relentlessly chasing Roy. In the second film he at least is able to bypass Jurisdiction Friction with the Finnish police because the latter are friendly, but he ends up being arrested by the Russian police when he hijacks a Russian military truck to continue the chase in Russian soil. It gets even more ridiculous in the third film, when he is no longer even a cop, but instead is driving a tourist bus, and he still chases Roy all the way to Germany the moment he hears on the radio scanner that Roy is causing trouble and continues acting like he's an officer of the law even if it's just a big bluff.
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  • Nicknaming the Enemy: Roy calls TT's car a "plastic rocket" or "the Jap circus". TT calls Roys car "the boat".
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: While Mørk's Hero Insurance may cover him while he is withing the boundaries of Nordic countries, when he decides to confiscate a Russian military truck to pursue Roy in Børning 2, he predictably ends up getting arrested by militsiya in Murmansk
  • Those Two Guys: Nybakken and Doffen.
  • Viking Funeral: Discussed trope. Doffen decides to give one to Nybakken when it appears he has died during the last leg of the race. He puts the car into gear, weighs down the accelerator with a rock, and send it flying over a cliff. And then Nybakken opens his eyes.
  • Wrench Wench: Nina (Roy's daughter) aspires to be this. She's actually really talented, but it's lost on Roy unfortunately.