Tom Cruise is hitting all the right chords in filmmaking right now. He landed the year’s biggest hit with the long-awaited Top Gun sequel, providing action and adventure without the hackneyed woke virtue signaling.
And now, Cruise is revealing the next installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise will be anything but dull.
A few days ago, Cruise released a behind-the-scenes look of the work involved in creating just one stunt for the action-packed movie. As he describes it, it involves the “most dangerous stunt he’s ever attempted.” And that’s saying a lot for Cruise, who is famous for performing his own stunt work in plenty of death-defying maneuvers.
The entire video below is nine minutes. If you want to jump ahead to the climactic end, jump ahead to the 6:40 mark. But honestly, the whole thing is insane and fun to watch.
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 19, 2022
Cinema rightfully gets called out for its lack of imagination these days. One of the biggest gripes with most so-called “blockbuster” films is that they rely too heavily on computer animation. Moreover, studios (rightfully, by the way) think they can cut out a good story by simply substituting striking visuals.
Tom Cruise is defying all those norms. Sure, they will edit and cut and green screen a few things from this stunt, but that doesn’t remove the tension we all felt watching it. The action scenes will look realistic because they were realistic.
Last September, after Cruise’s Top Gun had gone on to gross nearly $1.5 billion and he was flying high, Cruise put out another promotional video for Mission: Impossible. It’s stuff like this that makes you realize what an absolute legend this guy is. Ever see Arnold or The Rock do this sort of thing? Yeah right.
As the Daily Wire recapped, there was a bit of an understated dialogue before the big reveal.
“Hey everyone, here we are over sunny South Africa,” Cruise said in the new video while sitting on the edge of a helicopter. “And we’re filming ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning’ parts one and two.”
“I didn’t want the year to end without thanking you all for coming out to the theaters, and thank you for supporting ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’” he said.
Cruise then introduced Christopher McQuarrie, the writer and director of “Dead Reckoning,” who told Cruise that he had to wrap it up because they were on a tight filming schedule.
“Listen, we really gotta roll, we gotta get this shot,” McQuarrie said.
“Oh ya, we’re filming,” Cruise responded. “We gotta get this shot. Are you coming?”
“Not on your life,” McQuarrie answered. “Good luck.”
“We’ll see you down there,” Cruise said as he jumped out of the helicopter.
“Where was I?” Cruise says as he looks at the camera and falls through the sky. “Oh, yeah. Thank you for supporting ‘Top Gun: Maverick.’ As always, thank you for allowing us to entertain you. It truly is the honor of a lifetime. Yeah, very lucky.”
“I’m running out of altitude, so I better get back to work,” Cruise said as he broke away from the camera and headed straight toward the ocean. “We gotta get this shot. You have a very safe and happy holiday. We’ll see you at the movies.”
— Top Gun (@TopGunMovie) December 18, 2022
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