Walking in the Los Angeles night, you might think you’re in a horror movie. The street is deserted other than for some homeless people and a few policemen. A full moon illuminates the sky, casting eerie shadows on the sand and asphalt. A car alarm goes off, but it’s just a faulty battery; it doesn’t even ring once the alarm is fixed. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a crazy man in a raincoat runs at you with a knife. You scream. He runs away, and that’s when you realize that this isn’t a movie, it’s real life.
The scene is replayed in front of you, this time with a blond woman being chased by a masked man armed with a knife. He jumps from roof to roof, trying to drive her underneath a passing car. Suddenly, the man with the knife grabs her and throws her to the ground. She hits her head on the pavement and momentarily loses consciousness. When she comes to, she sees the police surrounding her and the man wearing the mask running away. She sits up and puts a bloody hand to her head; it’s her first reaction when she recognizes the location: Rue Morgue, a short street in Paris that is both renowned for its bars and strip clubs.
Welcome to the glamorous world of cinema. You’ve stumbled upon the set of the new Robert Pattinson movie, “Sicario,” which was just premiered at the Venice Film Festival. While you were watching the action-packed thriller unfold, you might have wondered: Was it all just a dream? Did that really happen, or was it just a scene from a movie?
Well, you’re in luck because we’ve been given the chance to speak with the man himself, Robert Pattinson, about the film and what it means to be a part of it. Here, he talks about the challenges of filming in Italy, working with Emily Blunt, and what to expect from the final product.
Set in Venice
“Sicario” follows two American FBI agents, Kate Macer and Matt Graver, as they navigate the criminal underworld in search of an organized crime boss known only as “The Reclaimer.” Once they locate him, the two female agents cross into Italy and into the heart of Venice, where they’re immediately captured by an army of thugs. What began as a simple investigation quickly spirals out of control as the agents find themselves pitted against a heavily armed mob.
The movie is set in Venice, but was actually filmed in a town that had to be renamed for legal reasons. When production began, residents had to be reminded that this was actually a movie set and that although they were helping the filmmakers, it could still go horribly wrong. Since then, everyone has been enjoying the experience of being a part of a major motion picture, and Venice has benefited from the tourism that the movie has brought in. Now, the city is reaping the benefits of having played host to a worldwide audience and is showing off its beautiful palaces and canals to visitors.
The Challenges Of Filming In Europe
“Sicario” was not only filmed in Venice but also in other Italian cities such as Rome and Naples. To capture the authentic Italian atmosphere, the filmmakers had to find a way to work around the hectic filming schedule, which is unlike any other. The bulk of the movie was shot in the summer, so that the heat would be an element that the director and cinematographer could work with. That meant that the crew had to work round the clock regardless of whether it was 105 degrees Fahrenheit or -15 degrees Celsius. In some instances, the crew had to keep working through the night just to make sure that they got the right exposure.
The most challenging aspect of filming in Italy was definitely the heat. When you’re used to filming in the U.S., where the weather is usually consistent and reliable, the idea of working in some of Europe’s most famous cities in the hottest summer months is demanding. The Italian cities are infamous for their heat, which becomes even more formidable when you’re filming with a large camera crew. To keep cool, the cast and crew turned up the air-conditioning in the cars and on set, but that didn’t solve the problem entirely. If you’re not used to extreme heat, it’s like being in a sauna all day long. Believe it or not, sweat is actually a very important element in the movie. It adds a touch of realism to the story, as the characters would actually be feeling the heat of the cities.
Emily Blunt Is A Real-Life Indiana Jones
Believe it or not, a lot of research went into making “Sicario” as authentic as possible. For one, the team based their design for the Reclaimer’s armor on the costumes that Daniella Pederiva wore in the 1966 movie, “Goldfinger.” Additionally, they based their looks on old Italian crime movies, particularly Lucio Fulci’s “The New York Ransacker,” which was released in 1975. The makers even went as far as getting tattoos of characters from the movie on their bodies to embody certain archetypes.
The movie’s biggest accomplishment is that it doesn’t feel like a Hollywood production or like a scene out of a video game. Instead, it feels like a real, breathing movie that you could watch and believe. One of the reasons for this is that the team had to find a way to work around some of the hectic filming schedules that they had to keep due to the film’s tight production schedule. Some of the footage was even cut short because it was either too dark or too bright, meaning that they had to grab the shot as quickly as possible and combine it later.
What Do We Expect From The Final Product?
Although we’ve only seen a trailer for “Sicario,” it’s safe to assume that the movie is going to be spectacular. With Emily Blunt in the lead, it’s clear that she’s going to be delivering a performance to remember. The trailer shows her going toe to toe with the Italian Stallion, and you can tell that it’s going to be an action-packed battle. Whether or not she wins the fight, we’re certainly going to learn a lot about her character and whether or not she’s willing to walk down the path of violence, as her character, Kate Macer, does. It looks like it’s going to be a movie that you shouldn’t miss.
As for the rest of the cast, they’ve all got terrific screen presences. Even though the movie is based on a rather dark subject matter, it’s still an impressive feat for an ensemble cast to carry a movie. Not only that, but they all appear to be having a lot of fun on set and are visibly enjoying working with each other.
Filming a movie in Italy is an awesome experience, and the makers of “Sicario” certainly didn’t get the chance to do it often. It’s not often that you get to watch a movie that feels so authentic and that you can tell is 100% real. It’s safe to say that this is one movie that you won’t want to miss.