Parkour, an adrenaline-fueled activity, evolved from the French discipline of parcours du combattant. Parkour is the art of moving quickly and efficiently using your body. Parkour doesn’t require any equipment or tools; it only requires skill, practice, and mental toughness.
Parkour has been the subject of many documentaries and movies over the years. Parkour movies have captured the essence of the urban sport, from the intense training to the acrobatic moves. A movie about parkour is essential for anyone who is a parkour fan. This article will give you a detailed look at some the greatest parkour movies ever made.
1. “District 13”
“District 13” was a 2004 French parkour action movie directed by Pierre Morel. It was written by Luc Besson. The movie tells the story of an ex-criminal who teams up with a police officer to save the residents of District 13, a Parisian ghetto. The movie’s action sequences are spectacular, and the parkour feats of Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle are simply amazing.
2. “Brick Mansions”
“Brick Mansions” was an American action movie that was released in 2014. It was directed by Camille Delamarre, and written by Luc Besson. RZA, Paul Walker, and David Belle star in the movie. The film is set in a dystopian Detroit where an undercover cop teams with an ex-convict for the capture of a drug lord who took over a high-rise apartment block. The movie features some incredible parkour stunts, with David Belle reprising his role in “District 13”.
3. “Free Running, The Art of Movement”
“Free Running:The Art of Movement” is an documentary that explores the history, philosophy, as well as the stunts of parkour. Interviews with parkour’s creators and practitioners are included as well as stunning footage of parkour in action. The documentary gives a detailed understanding of parkour and its cultural significance. This documentary is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the sport.
4. “Jump London”
“Jump London” is an American documentary film that documents the lives of several parkour practitioners called traceurs. The film follows their daring adventures across London as they climb buildings, vault over walls and leap from rooftops using only their bodies. The documentary is a great introduction for parkour and showcases the physicality as well as grace of the discipline.
5. “The Yamakasi”
“The Yamakasi”, a French action movie, was directed by Ariel Zeitoun. Written by Luc Besson, it was released in 2001. Based on the true story of the Yamakasi (a group French traceurs), the movie tells the story of a group young men who use their parkour skills in order to help a sick child. This movie features some of most thrilling parkour stunts ever recorded on film.
6. “Chasing Gravity”
“Chasing Gravity”, a 2011 documentary directed and produced by David Olkarny & Damien Broothaerts, is available for viewing here. The film follows a group of Belgian parkour practitioners as they push their limits to pursue their passion. This documentary showcases some of the most impressive parkour stunts ever captured. It is a must-see for anyone who wants see what can be achieved when humans push themselves beyond their limits.
7. “Rise: The Story Of A BMX Bandit”
Mark Staufer directed “Rise:The Story of a BMX Bandit”, a 2017 movie about parkour, BMX bike stunts. The movie tells the story of a group BMX- and parkour-loving teenagers who pull off a huge heist using their BMX skills. It is packed with amazing bike and parkour stunts and is a must-see for anyone who is interested in extreme sports.
8. “The Art of Flight”
“The Art of Flight” is an animated snowboarding movie with parkour elements. Curt Morgan directed the film, which was released in 2011. It is a tribute to the artistry and athleticism of snowboarding. The movie features stunning aerial shots of snowboarding and parkour stunts by the athletes that add to the already impressive visuals.
9. “Run This Town”
Run This Town” was a parkour movie directed by Ricky Staub. It stars Idris Elba. The story follows the life of a father who adopts a young boy after his mother is killed in an accident. The father recognizes the boy’s talent and trains him to be a professional parkour runner. The film features amazing parkour stunts and a touching storyline.
10. “Escape Plan 2: Hades”
“Escape Plan 2 – Hades” is an action movie from 2018 that features parkour as one its key elements. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone and is directed by Steven C. Miller. It tells the story of a group of security professionals who find themselves trapped in a high-tech prison called Hades. The team must use their parkour skills in order to navigate the complex and escape with all their lives.
Parkour movies are a great way to get into the adrenaline-fueled world that is parkour. These movies offer something for everyone, from the amazing stunts to the inspiring stories. A movie about parkour is a great experience, regardless of whether you are a keen traceur, a fan of extreme sports, or just a casual movie buff. Enjoy some popcorn, turn off the lights and get ready to go on an exhilarating journey!