Grand Theft Auto’s Latest Gift To Hollywood Looks Painful

Grand Theft Auto’s Latest Gift To Hollywood Looks Painful

There are many wonderful things that a Hollywood filmmaker could borrow from Grand Theft Auto, including better police chases and user-controlled soundtracks, but the director of this weekend’s Jake Gyllenhaal movie Source Code is snatching something else.

Here’s filmmaker Duncan Jones talking to the Columbus Dispatch:

There’s this infamous video game, Grand Theft Auto, where, if you’re driving a car at high speed and jump out of the car and go rolling down the street, the camera stays with you. [Note from Kotaku: presumably similar to what happens in the GTA IV clip above.]It doesn’t cut. I wanted to do that but actually do it with my actor.

So he leaps off the train, hits the ground and tumbles into a bloody heap at the end of it — with no cuts. It’s a combination of live-action stunt work and special effects.

I hadn’t seen that before, and I wanted to be the first.

We haven’t seen Source Code, so we can’t confirm the movie’s GTA-ness. If you see the movie this weekend, let us know. And let us know if Jake re-spawns at a hospital, without his guns, a half-day later.

Filmmaker shaped by classic sci-fi [Columbus Dispatch]


  • They showed that clip from source code on “Conan Obrien” the other day.

    Conan Obrien was laughing, Jake looked embarrassed (was also smiling) and the music drowned out the audience’s laughter.

    It was a terrible special effect.

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