Archive | December, 2011

Parkour in Movies

Parkour in Movies

The Definitive, Always-Updated List of Movies that Feature Parkour

The relevant parkour information (when it appears, who performed, what was done, etc.) is listed under each title. Information is from Wikipedia, Internet Movie Database, Facebook, Twitter, streetstunts.net, and the athletes’ websites.

Note: The exact role of the athletes listed as “so-and-so did stunts” is unclear and usually unknowable without actually interviewing the person involved. Generally they’ll have either coordinated the stunts, trained the actors in the performance of those stunts, or performed themselves. Some part of the movie is going to have their influence on it, even if that influence is not immediately recognizable.

Now, on to the movies!

2012

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games

Jeremy Marinas, a prominent tricker, is one of the tributes from District 10. Further information unknown.

2011


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

At the bachelor party about 20 minutes in, Holmes is attacked by a Cossack “renowned for his agility.” A pretty good parkour chase scene follows, despite the eye-roll-worthy addition of flips. Jeremy Marinas did stunts.

Colombiana

Stunts by David Belle. The little girl in the beginning of the movie uses parkour techniques to escape pursuers.

Johnny English Reborn

Williams Belle plays a traceur. Further analysis needed.[1]

Planet of the Apes

There’s a lot of amazing climbing and monkey movement scenes in this movie. Unfortunately, they’re all CG. But still worth a watch just for monkey movement.

Freerunner

We don’t talk about this movie. Ryan Doyle was the bad guy.

Abduction

Taylor Lautner uses parkour in a chase scene. Further analysis needed.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011)

Chase Armitage, Cole Armitage, Cane Armitage, and Adam Brashaw were stuntmen. Tim Shieff was a Deatheater.

(More reliable citations needed for these two movies. IMDB doesn’t list Tim Shieff as a Deatheater, but he posted about playing one several times on Facebook and his blog. Adam Brashaw definitely is in Part 2 and the Armitages are definitely in Part 1. It is currently unknown if all athletes listed here are in both movies.)

Cars 2

The secret agent car goes roof jumping during the Italian Grand Prix. Not really parkour because, you know, it’s cars, but it’s also still roof-jumping.

You Got Served: Beat the World

The movie’s premise is hip-hop dancing meets parkour. There’s a lot spaced throughout the movie, including a truly epic chase scene in the beginning with Chase Armitage. Also featuring Mat Kaye and Cole Armitage. A good deal of breakdancing as well.

Conan the Barbarian

Apparently there was parkour in it. Further analysis needed.

The Green Hornet

Anis Cheurfa and Jeremy Marinas, both famous and highly skilled trickers, did stunts.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Anis Cheurfa did “utility stunts.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Adam Brashaw and Chase Armitage did stunts.

2010

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Parkour and freerunning throughout the movie. Some good chase scenes. Stunts by David Belle.

Tron: Legacy

Sam Flynn does a kong and a dash vault over police cars during the chase scene in the first few minutes. Later on, Anis Cheurfa as Rinzler does some awesome tricking.

2009

District B13: Ultimatum
District B13: Ultimatum

David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli return for further awesome action.

The Tournament

Sébastien Foucan plays a master assassin – with dreadlocks!

2008

Babylon A.D.

Babylon A.D.

David Belle did stunts. Further analysis needed.

The Incredible Hulk

The Hulk does a dash vault at the very end of the movie, after the climax.

2007

?

None.

2006

Casino Royale
Casino Royale

Almost certainly the most famous movie featuring parkour. Sébastien Foucan is chased by Daniel Craig as James Bond. 007 can’t catch Séb, so – well, I won’t spoil the movie. If you’re just interested in the parkour, the chase scene is available on Youtube

Breaking and Entering

A traceur is a thief. Further analysis needed.

2005

?

2004


District B13

David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli star in the first real parkour movie.

2003

?

2001

Yamakasi
Yamakasi

The real-life Yamakasi feature in this film. Further analysis needed.

2000

Taxi 2
Taxi 2

Possibly the first movie to feature parkour. Further analysis needed.


Know any other movies that feature parkour? Have a more thorough description of the parkour in any of the movies listed above? Leave a comment!

–Alan


  1. That’s a fancy way for me to say, “I haven’t seen this movie.”  ↩
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And if you don't care about untied shoes, you probably look like this.

Ever found your shoes coming untied during a run? Of course you have. Who hasn’t?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably muttered some curses under your breath and retied your shoes with a double knot. Which will absolutely REFUSE to come undone at the end of the day. Of course, you could use cornstarch to get it off easier… Or you could use this method and keep your shoes tied.

It’s simple: Instead of looping around one time during the middle of the knot, loop around twice. This video demonstrates better than I can explain.

It’s a good method, but it does have two flaws.

  • One of the laces will be pretty loose. It makes me uncomfortable, but since they stay tied well enough, it’s okay.
  • It takes a long time to tie. Sometimes the knot will come out perfectly, other times you have to tie it and retie it and retie it until the two lengths are even. It’s a bit of a pain.

It’s also good if you have shortish laces, because it only takes up an extra inch or so of lace.

KO normal knot

The normal knot.

KO modified knot

The modified knot.

Not a lot of difference in length, but just enough to (usually) keep the tips of your laces from dragging on the ground.

–Alan

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