American Cinematographer - September 2010 - 60
The film’s climactic battle, set outside the presidential palace in the fictional South American country of Vilena, was actually staged across almost an acre of land in New Orleans.
was shot with the camera on a Steadicam, but the filmmakers also used a Western Dolly to speed across the tunnel’s brick floor for an extended tracking shot as Stallone and actress Giselle Itié ran full-bore through the hall. “There were no elevations, no subfloorings, no side chambers,” Stallone details. “A side room where my character fights someone was a whole different area of the building, not connected to the tunnel. [The tunnel] was just a hall. It was the most cramped, unhygienic area you can imagine shooting in — the tide goes in there every night, and there was moss, fungus, and animal droppings. We made it work with the style of fighting we used, with radical angles and