So, last night hubby and I finally watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. We were curious to see the scenes that were shot in Dubai. Funnily, we recognized the locations, but the big "chase scene" during the sandstorm was absolutely fictional, because it would truly have been "impossible": *** post continues inside ***
Tom Cruise runs out of the Burj Khalifa; next thing he's running through the Dubai Int'l Financial Centre (as the sandstorm catches-up with him). To run this distance would have taken at least 20min, if not even more. The next thing we see is him chasing the guy with the briefcase through a covered market (? doesn't exist in that area) and the suddenly they are in Satwa (again, this would have taken another 25-20min of running to reach this historic area). And then? Well, they whole chase ends with the car crash on the VIP parking bridge of the Meydan race course (the Dubai World Cup horse race took place there just this weekend.) Not that's REALLY FAR out into the desert... even speeding in a car would have taken about 10-15min to reach. But hey, it's Tom Cruise, right? If anyone can cover these distances in 10min, it's him, right? haha! It was fun to watch this unfold. Also, I'm quite impressed with myself that in the scenes entering the Kremlin, I recognized that this was instead Prague Castle (I didn't know this beforehand). My husband didn't believe me, but I insisted "look honey! That's were we bought out tickets... and took a photo, etc.!" And when I googled this morning, I found I was right (*smug grin*). So, have you ever recognized certain places from a city in a movie, and noted that they were "incorrect" or fictionally located within the city?
Tom Cruise, the man faster than light? no, it's a film :)
Hey Jess. Interesting mate and good pick up! I am not a movie buff at all but this thread sounds interesting. Hubby and I enjoyed our visit at the place in Morocco where they made Star Wars. That was pretty awesome! :o) Anyway, interested to see the comments here.
Of course, movies are movies, but a little part of me really did wish that there were trap doors, secret hallways, etc. inside the Treasury in Petra after watching Indian Jones.. but I think all of us wished that, haha ;-)
And wat do you think about districts or cities that sponsoring series to make promotion . We have here (in Flanders) different series that are locate around Ghent, Halle, Limburg, the Schelde river, Antwerp , ... , ...
Oh the little hobbits do better than Tom Cruise, they run through our fields of home one minute, then next minute they are trekking through the mountains of the South Island, a very very long way away .... It didn't bother me, but a certain person I know, was very annoyed by that, sheez! It's just the movies, right :-)
Last week I saw James Bond in the Living Daylights again and wondered how the plane with James inside could travel the same distance through the air as his rebel friends did on horse back in the same time. ... and James' plane was not circeling (in fact his girl friend was at the stick, haha). PJ
Hey Pam, interesting to know about the Hobbits! I also had to laugh about the "Burj Hotel" that Tom Cruise mentions... there is no such thing. There is an Aramani Hotel inside the Burj Khalifa, but I guess Mr Aramani wasn't willing to pay enough for his hotel to be mentioned in the movie? :-)
I remember that I was almost thrown out of cinema when I saw "Thelma and Louise". There is this scene when young Brad Pitt dumped the girls I think and after that they drove and drove and when it got dark they stopped. Next morning they woke up and were standing in Arches National Park, next to the rocks "Three Gossips". And then there was Ingrid shouting out "how did they managed to get through the gate".... I also often giggle when I see movies made in Venezia. People walk one direction and continue, but in theory they would have to swim across the canali to end up where they continue their walk. Oh yes, that famous final scene in Indiana Jones... Since I saw that I dreamt of riding the horse through that narrow canyon like Indy & Co. How disappointed was I when I realised that there ain't no canyon just after the "temple".
In The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman drives to Berkeley the wrong way on the Bay Bridge. In reality, the top deck of the bridge is for traffic going into San Francisco, and the lower deck is for traffic going to Oakland...but the lower deck is dark and not at all scenic, so they reversed it for the movie.
Wow, that is pretty major!!
Ingrid, I was totally surprised at how huge Petra is, and how long it carries on for after the Treasury! We walked all the way to the top to the Monastery... lots of steps, phew!