GTA 2: The Movie

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When released in 1999, Grand Theft Auto 2 featured an opening cutscene with various life-action scenes intended to illustrate the nature of the game. The cutscene was pieced together using footage taken from an eight-minute, unnamed short film (henceforth referred unofficially as GTA 2: The Movie) created for the purpose of advertising the game.

The film is notable for being the only official material from DMA Design (now Rockstar North) to be shot entirely in live-action, but lacks any form of dialog between characters. It is also implies the game's playable protagonist, thought to be depicted in the film, to be named Claude Speed.

The film has since been made available to the public and is downloadable from Rockstar's website in the form of 8-part Quicktime files or a single RealVideo file. The game's opening cutscene, which features portions of the film in better quality, is available in the game's folder in the form of a *.bik file.

Plot

"Pursuit and escape"

The film opens with overhead scenes of a city as police chatter is heard, revealing a criminal has evaded them. It then cuts to Claude Speed striding on the streets, only to be chased by a group of armed gang members (implied to be Rednecks, based on their choice of baseball caps and plaid shirts; one of them is wielding a chainsaw). Looking to escape, Claude carjacks a parked van, throwing its occupant out and driving the vehicle away, shaking off his pursuers.

"The Assassin is activated"

While on the van, Claude, to his joy, discovers boxes of Zaibatsu Corporation drug shipments inside. With his newly discovered loot, Claude stops to break into a black sedan, load a few the boxes into its trunk, and drive away in his newly stolen car. However, Claude's act has been reported by the driver of the van to the Zaibatsu, and an informant depicted as a homeless person updates the Zaibatsu on Claude's whereabouts and change of vehicle. The Zaibatsu Corporation promptly obtains a record of Claude, and dispatches an assassin (who doubles as a janitor in the company) to kill Claude.

"Cop chase"

Meanwhile, Claude discovers a police car tailing him. After being chased on the road for a period of time, Claude manages to seek refuge in a paint shop, where his car was resprayed with a white body color. This allows him to slip through police detection, and go about his business.

"Meet the boss"

Claude arrives at a hideout for a group of Russians at a harbor, demanding that they help his kill a member of the Rednecks (or, likely, multiple members). As the Russian mob boss is about to turn him away, Claude produces two packets of the Zaibatsu drugs to the boss. To the boss' approval, the deal is sealed. As Claude heads to his next destination, he decides to consume some of the drugs himself, with less-then-desirable results...

"Basement and baseball"

Still under the influence of the drugs, Claude makes another stop, this time in an underground Yakuza haunt, where an unknown individual is in the process of being tortured with baseball bats. With two boxes of Zaibatsu drugs to show, Claude is asked by a Yakuza boss to help locate and rescue a fellow associate, in exchange for a monetary reward. Claude complies and leaves, as the tortured prisoner is bludgeoned in the head with a hammer by the boss.

"Shoot him when he's down"

With the Yakuza boss' order in mind, Claude locates a step van stopping at a traffic light, exits his car and guns down the driver, shooting him three times and spitting on him. Claude then proceeds to open the van's cargo hold, revealing groups of people dressed as monks. Claude finds his man, and returns him to safety, where Yakuza members greeted him with open arms. Claude leaves to finish his next job as night approaches.

"Elvis"

Using the step van acquired in his last mission, Claude arrives at a storefront to pick up the Russians while a prostitutes looks on. They are heading to a bar where "Elvis" is performing a gig; the bar scene reveals Redneck members with Yakuza members celebrating the recent rescue of their cohort. Claude and the Russians arrive, as Claude paves the way for the Russians to storm in and provoke a firefight that presumably results in casualties on all sides. Claude walks away with a grin as a Russian is seen gunned down.

"Crime does not pay"

The final scene depicts Claude walking to a sports car and attempting to break into it. A shadowy figure emerges from the background, revealing himself to be the Zaibatsu assassin, who fulfills his responsibility by shooting Claude in the back, presumably killing him. The film ends with Claude collapsing beside the car as the assassin walks away.

Notes

  • Claude Speed (the game's playable protagonist) is played by Scott Maslen in the film. Scott Maslen also played DS Phil Hunter in the The Bill and also plays Jack Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in the UK.
  • The film was shot in 1999 New York City with the World Trade Center (pre-9/11) in clear view, instead of the game's anonymous city of the future. It should be noted, however, that two fictional locations were mentioned in the film: "Chernobyl Docks" and "Disgraceland", the latter being the name of a district featured in GTA2.
  • The film depicts a blue-and-white NYPD 1991-1992 Chevrolet Caprice police car as a pursuit vehicle, as well as a black BMW E39 528i driven by Claude, which is later repainted white.

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