A List of Movies Filmed in Costa Rica
What Comes to Mind When You Think About Costa Rica?
Yes… Nature! Rainforests, wildlife, adventures. And well! For some reason, it is up until now Hollywood has gone to Costa Rica. And movies are being filmed in the gorgeous nature of this country. Check here for a list of the movies filmed in Costa Rica, partially or totally.
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Spy Kids 2:
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams is a 2002 film, the second part of the children’s spy series, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. In this film act Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi, Mike Judge, and Ernesto among others.
After Earth is a science fiction and adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden and Will Smith in the lead roles, the premiere took place on May 31, 2013, in New York and was distributed by Columbia Pictures and Sony Entertainment. The film, co-produced by Smith, Shyamalan, and others, was filmed in Costa Rica, specifically in La Fortuna de San Carlos and Sarapiquí.
Academy Award Winner Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as a librarian who attempts to escape her mid-life crisis by traveling to Costa Rica. There she meets a younger man (Oscar Jaenada – Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides) who takes her on an unexpected journey filled with adventure and romance.
The action film was released in 2016; a secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous supervillains to form a defensive task force. Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie, among other great Hollywood names; some of the scenes were filmed in Sarapiquí (Hacienda Sueño Azul) and Pococí, Costa Rica, they are at the beginning of the film in the intro of June Moone, the archaeologist played by Cara Delevingne.
Paddington is a British comedy film directed by Paul King, written by King and Hamish McColl, and produced by David Heyman. The film is based on Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear. Among his protagonists are Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Peter Capaldi, with Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the bear character. The cute bear is actually from Peru in the story. Still, the rainforest shots at the movie’s beginning were filmed in Costa Rica.
Congo is a 1995 American film directed by Frank Marshall, best known for his role as producer, and starring Laura Linney (Kharen Ross), Dylan Walsh (Dr. Peter Elliot), and Ernest Lee Hudson (Munro), among others. It is an adaptation of the cinema of the novel by Michael Crichton, Congo.
Released in 1995. This action movie is about an expedition to the African Congo that ends in disaster. A team decides to find out what went wrong. It was filmed in 8 locations, one of them being San Carlos, Costa Rica.
The Blue Butterfly:
The Blue Butterfly is a 2004 Canadian drama/adventure film. Directed by Léa Pool, produced by Porchlight Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis, distributed by Monterey Media, and starring Marc Donato as Pete Carlton, a boy terminally ill with cancer, whose final wish is to find the elusive blue morpho butterfly. William Hurt plays entomologist Alan Osborne, who takes him to the jungles of Costa Rica to see the insect. Based on a true story, this movie was filmed partially in Puerto Viejo, Limon.
1492: Conquest of Paradise:
1492: The Conquest of Paradise is a 1992 epic and dramatic film directed by Ridley Scott (who also produced it, along with Alain Golbacas) and written by Roselyne Bosch. The plot recounts Christopher Columbus’ journey to the West Indies in 1492, which led him to meet a continent unknown until then by the inhabitants of Europe and Asia on October 12 of that year. The movie also highlights the relevance and effects of these “two worlds” encounters on the original peoples during the first years of the conquest.
The Last Full Measure:
The Last Full Measure is a 2019 American war drama film written and directed by Todd Robinson. It follows the efforts of fictional Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman and many veterans to see the Medal of Honor awarded to William H. Pitsenbarger, a United States Air Force Pararescueman who flew in helicopter rescue missions during the Vietnam War to aid downed soldiers and pilots. The film stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irvine, and Peter Fonda based on true events. . Actors Sebastian Stan and John Savage were in Costa Rica shooting some of the scenes for this movie.
Contrary to what many think, none of the scenes were filmed in Costa Rica. Still, footage of Isla del Coco was used in the opening sequence to represent Isla Nublar. The book is placed in Costa Rica after Michael Crichton comes for a vacation with his family.