As it turns out, everyone in the world lost consciousness at the same time - for exactly 2 minutes and 17 seconds. And suffice it to say, that resulted in a lot of problems, including countless car crashes (as drivers, like Mark, blacked out at the wheel)...
That scene was filmed on 4th Street, just southeast of Beaudry Ave, on the west side of the Harbor (110) Freeway, in downtown Los Angeles.
The camera is looking northwest in the shot above. That striped office building behind him, the Beaudry Center (at 333 S. Beaudry Ave), houses the headquarters of the L.A. Unified School District.
We first see an aerial shot of a residential suburb, surrounded by hills, near a lake.
The shot below is the Lake Sherwood section of Westlake Village, CA. The camera is looking south.
Mark (Joseph Fiennes), the man we saw wake up in the car, is an FBI agent. His wife Olivia (Sonya Walger) is a doctor.
Their house can be found at 1684 Oakcottage Court, in Westlake Village, in a gated community known as The Meadows at Sherwood.
Westlake Village is southwest of the Valley, between Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks.
Next, we see a shot of a pier.
This is the Venice Pier, at the west end of Washington Blvd, in Venice, California.
Then we see a man, Bryce Varley (Zachary Knighton), standing on the pier. He takes out a gun, and is about to shoot himself when the blackout strikes.
Next, we are shown an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, where Mark Benford is listening to the testimony of Aaron Stark, a man whose daughter was reportedly killed in the Iraq war. Aaron, it turns out, is also Mark's sponsor).
The rather grand, Art Deco setting for this AA meeting should be familiar to many L.A. residents.
It's Union Station, what was once the great hub of transportation in Los Angeles, back when trains were the preferred means of travel. You'll find Union Station at 810 N. Alameda Street, in downtown Los Angeles.
(And you can still catch a train there - or the subway.)
We see Mark on the job with his FBI partner Demetri Noh (John Cho), as the two sit in a car on a stakeout. Demetri shoots photos of a group of terrorist suspects as they emerge from a building and head for a car.
While the agents wait, their car is parked beneath an unusual bridge.
You'll find that bridge in L.A.'s Chinatown. Their car is parked at near 870 N. Spring Street, just south of where College Ave meets Alameda/Spring Street. They're actually parked under the bridge on a short (west/east) connecting road that links Alameda & Spring.
That bridge is a double rail tramway carrying the Metrorail Gold Line trains - part of a light rail system which is L.A.'s modern-day version of the old Red Car trolleys. (You can see one train rounding the bend in the above photo.)
When the suspects they're tailing spot them and take off, a wild car chase develops.
We first see them headed north on Mateo Street, just south of 4th Street, in the warehouse district of downtown L.A..
The bad guys make a break for it by turning right (east) onto the E. 6th Street bridge.
Although they turn east onto that 6th Street bridge, they are then shown heading WEST (towards downtown) on that same bridge.
( To be completely accurate, the name of the street changes as the bridge arches over the Los Angeles river. On the west side, it's called 6th Street. On the east side, it's called Whittier Blvd. When they are heading west, they are actually on the Whittier Blvd side. )
The chase intensifies as both cars weave through traffic on the bridge, causing a number of ugly accidents along the way.
When they pull off the bridge - hitting another car in the process - they are back on the same street where they got on the bridge, Mateo, but are two blocks to the south of their starting point, at 600 Mateo Street. (That's somewhat amusing, since they were headed west on the bridge.)
That intersection is 4th Street & Beaudry Avenue, in downtown L.A.
In the photo above, the camera is looking west/NW up the 1100 block of 4th Street.
The van they are chasing is heading south/SW on Beaudry Avenue, as it enters the intersection and makes a left turn onto eastbound 4th Street - with the Feds in hot pursuit.
And just as the cars are about
to smash into an oil tanker truck in front of them,
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