Containers are making a splash in movies lately. Sure, they have always been a great backdrop for dangerous encounters “down at the docks” for that renegade cop who is solving the latest mystery. But lately, containers are coming more into their own. The latest cameo is in TRON: Legacy.
In TRON: Legacy, Sam Flynn, son of the creator of TRON, lives in a home made from containers. Disney went with a distressed-industrial look for the home which opens up for a spectacular view of Vancouver for a critical conversation in the movie. According to Jetson Green :
“The shipping container house style was chosen because [director Joseph Kosinski] and our production designer, Darren Gilford, couldn’t find a house for Sam Flynn in Vancouver with suitable architecture and as designers both were interested in retro-fitted shipping containers as living spaces”
It is nice to see container architecture getting a nod. They are a great green option for unique building materials.
Containers were almost extras in 20th Century Fox’s A-Team. After hijacking a container delivery, the team has to prove their innocence. The finale is at the LA Port where the A Team uses containers in order to prove their innocence, but not before many containers are destroyed.
Even the small screen is getting in on the action. On TNT’s Leverage, one episode was centered on tracking a container full of cash. (See link below) Despite being safe storage options, particularly with the lockbox on the containers in this clip, Super Cubes does not recommend storing large quantities of cash in containers.
Containers long have been a backdrop for movies, but it is nice to see they are finally getting their close-up. I wonder how they would show up in a fluffy romantic comedy–maybe a couple on the run from the law will hide in a container used for farm storage or spend a weekend in a container home on the beach. When that happens, you’ll be sure to read about it here.