We’ve all had that special cinematic moment where we wished we could jump into the screen and live inside a certain scene of a film we love. We all love some exotic great escape, and the following movie hits, filmed at some of the most enticing locations around the world, are definitely no exception.
Blade Runner 2049 – Budapest, Hungary
Starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 serves as the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi hit Blade Runner. It’s highly acclaimed dystopian cinematography was created not in film studios in Los Angeles or New York but in Hungary, in central Europe. Although the producers mostly filmed it in film studios located on the outskirts of Budapest, it didn’t stop them from venturing into the capital, and using some of its distinct architectural masterpieces as backdrops.
Call Me By Your Name – Crema, Italy
Set in the northern Italian town of Crema, Call Me By Your Name tells the love story of a 17-year-old boy, played by rising star Timothée Chalamet, who falls in love with a dapper and charming graduate student, played by Armie Hammer. Even though it starts out as a budding romance, the mesmerising town of Crema plays a third character in the film, with its sun-kissed gardens and pastel coloured buildings, making it the perfect backdrop to an Italian affair.
Dunkirk – Dunkirk, FranceDuring World War II, the Dunkirk evacuation was a momentous event as it saved an astounding number of Allied troops from Nazi Germany’s enclosing forces off the shores of Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan, intrigued by this survival story, decided to immortalise it in a grand war film, which went on to win three accolades at the 90th Academy Awards. Although Dunkirk is synonymous with an Allied victory, its aquamarine shores make it a beautiful coastal city with so many must-see World War II landmarks. If you are not a history fan, you can always just lounge on the city’s marina.
Girls Trip – New Orleans, United States
Four best friends, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifa, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, take a trip to The Big Easy, which results in a wildly funny and hilariously raw film that celebrates womanhood and female bonds. Girls Trip, the first film produced, written and starring African Americans to gross more than $100 million, was both a critical and commercial success. A big reason for the film’s success is the insanely colourful and rowdy city of New Orleans, whose lively nightlife makes it the perfect destination for a girls trip.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Oahu, Hawaii
The highly anticipated sequel to the 1995 hit, Jumanji, takes you on the adventure of your life as the main characters become real-life avatars of the video game they’re playing. Its highly entertaining nature is largely due to the talented cast, which includes Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, as well as the breathtaking jungle scenery. Most of the film’s outdoor landscapes were filmed in the Hawaiian island of Oahu, which also happens to be a surfer’s paradise with picturesque waves, scenic mountains and striking waterfalls.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the famed franchise’s seventh installment which is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Although the sci-fi masterpiece was filmed all over the globe, from Iceland to Ireland, the initial photography began in one location, particularly close to home, Abu Dhabi. In the small city of Al Dhafra, located in Abu Dhabi, lies the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass, called Rub Al Khali. It is this mesmerising location where a lot of the film’s scenes were filmed. This desert is loved by motor sport fanatics; however, its remoteness lends itself to an exotic escape, with a lot of unique activities particular to the region, such as camel trekking, falconry shows and dune cruising.
The Fate of the Furious – Havana, Cuba
The eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, breaks barriers, becoming the first major American production to be filmed in Cuba since the 1960 embargo. Havana lends the film alluring aesthetics with its colourful vintage cars, vibrant buildings and energetic people. The film’s opening scene of an exhilarating Cuban race is historically momentous and makes for a superb opening to a great film.