The crazy way they filmed the hallway fight scene in 'Inception'
I’ve got mixed feelings about Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The action and music was so relentlessly full-on that it had bored a hole in my skull by the end, but there’s no denying it was a totally original visual masterpiece. You could definitely where the $140 million budget went. The story was complex and multi-layered, though given the calibre of talent, the characters weren’t as engaging as you might expect.
One of the movie’s greatest achievements is the hallway dream fight scene, where Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his adversary brawl across the floor, ceiling and both walls in a gravity-defying piece of choreography. The most gob-smacking thing about it is that they didn’t use special effects. Instead, a team of over 500 people took over three weeks to create the 30 second scene, by building a massive real-life rotating hallway.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt underwent rigorous training in preparation for the shoot; and somehow managed to push through it without puking.
Whether you enjoy Nolan’s work or not, there’s no denying the magic of real live action.
Checkout this video by CineFix showing some fantastic behind-the-scenes glimpses of what it took to bring this sequence to life.