What’s your favorite moment from the franchise?
Mission: Impossible: Fallout is the 6th installment in the action series starring Tom Cruise that started in 1996, 22 years ago. While the first two installments were okay, the series kicked into high gear starting with Part III, where J.J. Abrams made his directorial debut. From there the stunts and set pieces keep getting bigger and bigger.
While we’re patiently waiting for Ethan Hunt’s next adventure, let us have a look back at some of the best stunts in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Climbing the Burj Khalifa (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) – Tom Cruise actually did dangle on the side of the world’s tallest building for this scene. Even if he had wires that were digitally erased, it must still be nerve-wracking to be in that place.
Bridge Attack (Mission: Impossible III) – The whole scene (which lasts in just under a minute) are the tensest I’ve felt since the first Mission: Impossible film. The music, the sound and that signature Tom Cruise run made the scene memorable.
Breaking into Langley (Mission: Impossible) – Probably the most memorable scene in the entire series that showcased tension and laughs in a pivotal scene.
Tunnel Chase (Mission: Impossible) – While the scene is mostly CGI, it was a great example on how computer imagery can create lifelike scenes. To recreate the force of the wind, they actually shot inside a wind tunnel used for skydive practice – so that’s still real, strong winds going into Tom Cruise’s face.
Motorcycle Chase (Mission: Impossible II) – With John Woo directing this sequel, you can already expect a lot of action (and flying doves). But the motorcycle chase scene at the end is one of our favorites.
Dangling from the rocks (Mission: Impossible II) – Ethan Hunt climbing on a side of a mountain? Badass. Climbing without any gear? Even more badass!
Catching the Plane (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) – In case you didn’t know Tom Cruise actually strapped himself on the side of a real plane for this scene. That’s just crazy – and we love it.
Skyscraper Jump (Mission: Impossible III) – It might be as epic as the Burj Khalifa scene in Ghost Protocol, but the tension you get from seeing Tom Cruise performing these stunts is just awe-inspiring.
Sandstorm Chase (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) – While part of it was just shot inside a studio, the clever editing still made the entire scene a thrill to watch.
All in One Breath (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) – The scene plays out without music but as it gets tenser, the music slowly builds up. A perfect mix of practical and special effects, we’re still in awe on how the scene was done.
Did we miss anything on the list that you liked? Give it a shoutout in the comments below! Mission: Impossible – Fallout opens in cinemas this Thursday, July 26th.