Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Golden Gate Bridge Destroyed...Again

A few years back I was concerned that San Francisco had lost its appeal as a target for cinematic mayhem. It turns out I had nothing to worry about.

The Golden Gate Bridge was beset by genetically engineered apes in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the Bay Bridge was destroyed in "Revolution," and now monsters make quick work of the Golden Gate in the new film "Pacific Rim."

And let's not forget that a starship plows into downtown San Francisco at the end of "Star Trek Into Darkness."

During that scene, the spacecraft crashes through Alcatraz. If you look closely, you'll notice that future San Franciscans have decided to put a big sign on Alcatraz labeling it as "Alcatraz."

If they're going to put signs on San Francisco landmarks to help out tourists, they should probably start with something like this for the Bay Bridge: "Sorry, this is not the Golden Gate Bridge."

(When I worked on the Embarcadero, I feel like I had to tell that to tourists on a near-daily basis.)