Hollywood meets K.E.N.Y.A.
You have seen them and they may even be on your top 10 movie list, but did you also know these movies were based or shot in Kenya?
1. Inception (2010)
Gross: $825,532,764 (Worldwide)
The Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa appears as the venue of a foot chase sequence. Two members of the final Inception team are recruited. Cobb is explaining the concept of extraction as an ability to a Japanese gentleman. He wakes up in Mombasa. In the background during the foot chase, you can view a man reading Taifa Leo and a signboard reading Nyoike Limited Kenya.
The sequence was shot in Africa, just not in Mombasa. It was shot in the same place where The Bourne Ultimatum movie was shot, the Old Suok (marketplace) in the city of Tangier in Morocco.
2. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Gross: $175,465,204 (Worldwide)
One of the extraordinary gentlemen, Alain Quatermain, played by the venerable Scot Sean Connery, is based in Kenya where he has retired from his former life. He is seated in club called Britannia Club. Even the closing scene takes place in Kenya where the group assembles to bury Quatermain.
Although the two scenes are based in Kenya in the story, the movie was shot in the Czech Republic. The Britannia Club was a prop built on farmland just an hour from Prague.
3. Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (2003)
Gross: $156,505,388 (Worldwide)
Tomb Raider was actually shot in Kenya, in the scenic Hell’s Gate national Park. It features here because of the review a crew member gave of their experience during the shooting.
Hell’s Gates panoramic gorges and cliffs provided a scenic background. The National Park has been the location for other movies such as King Solomon’s Mines and the historical epic Mountains of the Moon. The crew hired members of the Pokot tribe from Loruk, a small village near Lake Baringo. They play the mysterious tribe that Lara Croft discovers in Africa.
The crew then moved to Amboseli national park to get views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
4. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Gross: $75,000,000 (Worldwide)
The film The Ghost and the Darkness is about the mane-less man-eating lions of the Tsavo, and the man with titanium balls who hunted and mowed them down.
Its story is centered in what is now called Man-Eater’s Junction, because if you are going to commemorate a tragic series of events, there is no better way but to make it sound like a cannibal cuisine restaurant. The events take place in the area where the bridge was being built, about 300 kilometers southeast of Nairobi.
5. The Constant Gardener (2005)
Gross: $82,466,670 (Worldwide)
Filmed in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest slums, the film is about a UK diplomat (Justin Quayle) in Kenya struggling to solve his wife’s murder. Quayle, played by Ralph Fiennes, loses his wife, played by Rachel Weisz, in unclear circumstances and he must do everything possible to find her murderers. Weisz’s character was an amnesty activist investigating a dangerous drug trial, which she hoped would expose malpractice by a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical company.
6. Tarzan (1999)
Gross: $448,191,819 (Worldwide)
The movie is set in eastern Africa. This can be seen on a drawing of Tarzan that Jane is working on during the “Strangers Like Me” sequence. It can be seen labeled in the corner. Earlier in the movie, Professor Porter mentions moving westward, deeper into the jungle, which would make the ocean on the eastern coast.
It is possible that the movie might be set in Kenya, which was at the time as a protectorate of Britain located on the eastern coast of Africa. Kenya also has thick jungles on its coasts – much like the ones seen in the film.
7. Born to Be Wild (2011)
Gross: $24,551,933 (USA)
This 40-minute documentary film was set in Kenya and Borneo. The film narrated by Morgan Freeman focused on conservation of wild animals with Kenyan elephants featuring.
8. Out of Africa (1985)
Gross: $266,185,197 (Worldwide)
The movie was filmed on location at the Ngong Hills. Adapted from Karen Blixen’s classic book, the film told the story of her life in colonial Kenya, with Meryl Streep in the lead role and Robert Redford playing her lover, Denys Finch Hatton.