The Painreel (Parkour Bails)
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The parkour world is filled with massively skilled traceurs – so much so, in fact, that it can sometimes be difficult to tell one from the other. There are hundreds, probably thousands of people out there who could be on a list of world-class traceurs. Figuring out who’s who in the parkour community used to be something you would have to do by spending massive amounts of time watching videos. Or, you could have a friend sit down and talk you through all of them.
Today, I am that friend. This is a shortlist of the world’s most skilled and influential traceurs. Continue Reading →
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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!
Jeremy Marinas, a prominent tricker, is one of the tributes from District 10. Further information unknown.
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.
Stunts by David Belle. The little girl in the beginning of the movie uses parkour techniques to escape pursuers.
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.
We don’t talk about this movie. Ryan Doyle was the bad guy.
Taylor Lautner uses parkour in a chase scene. Further analysis needed.
(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.)
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.
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.
Apparently there was parkour in it. Further analysis needed.
Anis Cheurfa did “utility stunts.”
Adam Brashaw and Chase Armitage did stunts.
Parkour and freerunning throughout the movie. Some good chase scenes. Stunts by David Belle.
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.
David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli return for further awesome action.
Sébastien Foucan plays a master assassin – with dreadlocks!
David Belle did stunts. Further analysis needed.
The Hulk does a dash vault at the very end of the movie, after the climax.
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
A traceur is a thief. Further analysis needed.
David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli star in the first real parkour movie.
The real-life Yamakasi feature in this film. Further analysis needed.
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!
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Alan is a traceur located on the East Coast of the USA. He likes being upside-down and blogging. Sometimes he does both at the same time.
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