Prometheus | 2012
The opening sequence of, what turns out to be one of the 'Engineers' on some unknown planet, uses flyover shots of the strange and wonderful landscapes of Iceland, before settling on the Dettifoss Waterfall in the north of the country.
45 metres high, 100 metres wide and with 500 cubic metres of water per second plunging down, Dettifoss has the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe.
If you're fit and adventurous, there's a 20 mile hiking trail Asbyrgi to Dettifoss, and campsite in Vesturdalur a few miles to the north. Be aware that some roads in the area are closed during winter months and bad weather.
Intrigued by clues left in ancient paintings and carvings, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) funds a mission for Shaw and Holloway, together with a specialist team, to venture forth and meet their makers.
It seems there are no (human) movie buffs among the crew who would have known never to board a space craft owned by the Weyland Corporation.
The wide views of the planet to which they find themselves transported are Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock nearly 40 miles east of Aqaba in southern Jordan. It went on to become the surface of the Red Planet on which Matt Damon is stranded in Ridley Scott's The Martian.
More interestingly, Wadi Rum was used for the desert scenes in David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence Of Arabia – which is the film David (Michael Fassbender) watches and rewatches as the crew hibernate through the long journey.
The area is one of Jordan's most popular tourist attractions whether you want to go trekking or rock-climbing or simply visiting on a day trip from Aqaba or Petra (another of the country's great film locations, seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade).
The more extravagant geological features, including the mysterious hollow ‘pyramid’ are – surprise! – digital additions.