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Who needs a stunt man anyway? In the 19 years since Tom Cruise debuted as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible, he's made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's biggest in-real-life daredevils.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to re-live these incredible Mission: Impossible stunt moments performed by Cruise himself.
1. The Langley break-in - Mission: Impossible (1996)
Brian De Palma brought his customary directorial flair to the inaugural Mission, and the film's stand-out sequence saw Hunt and co infiltrate CIA headquarters via a precariously dangling wire.
Cruise did all this himself, even dropping coins into his shoes to level out his body. You can cut the tension with a knife.
Mission's climax saw Hunt climb atop a train careening through the Channel Tunnel then taking down »
Forecast Update: Living up to the studio's estimates Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opened on 2,764 screens on Thursday (starting at 8Pm) and clocked in $4M in evening showings. In its report Paramount makes comparisons to Mad Max: Fury Road, which had a $3.7M Thursday evening, on its way to a $45.4M weekend on 3,702 screens; World War Z, which earned $3.6M on its way to a $66M weekend on 3,607 screens; and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $4.1M on its way to a $72.6M weekend on 3,967 screens. Mission is on 98 more screens than Fury Road and is getting equally rapturous reviews. That $40M opening estimate seems conservative. Forecast: Paramount is estimating that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the latest offering from one of the last, semi-dependable, overseas box-office draws, Tom Cruise, will have a domestic opening of $40M on 3,800 screens. That $10,526 per theater seems a bit shy for the fifth, »
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My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »
- Brad Brevet
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie On the whole, the Mission: Impossible film series has been pretty good. Brian DePalma’s original was a solid outing, more concerned with being a thriller than a straight up action film. For all its goofiness, John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2 still features some fun set pieces. J.J. Abrams outing, Mission: Impossible III was a generic adventure, with a fine performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then we have Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a film where the second half can never quite recapture the pure magic the first hour [ Read More ]
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Seeing Tom Cruise on a motorcycle in the previews for Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation reminds me of one thing. Mission: Impossible II (2000) Director: John Woo Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton Ethan Hunt must save the world from a deadly virus, but struggles against an unseen force that continually causes his body to move in slow motion. To a kid who had Hard... Read More »
- Jason Adams
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
After 19 years, Tom Cruise's first major franchise is still one of Hollywood's best.
As Ethan Hunt, the star turned himself into an action hero with 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- going Full Cruise with all the running, punching and jumping onto a bullet train from (naturally) an exploding helicopter. The first film was a huge hit, spawning five sequels -- all from different directors, as the series aims to give each "Mission" its own unique fingerprint.
Cruise is back for the latest installment, "Rogue Nation." Before you see the movie this Friday, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to check out these 27 facts about the "Mission" films.
"Mission: Impossible" (1996)
1. Before locking down Brian De Palma to direct, the first filmmaker Cruise approached about "Mission" was Sydney Pollack, whom he had worked with previously on Paramount's 1993 summer hit, "The Firm."
2. De Palma designed many of the »
- Phil Pirrello
The Flickering Myth Podcast lights the fuse…
With the release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation just around the corner, Flickering Myth Podcasters Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to give their thoughts on the series so far. This of course includes Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
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See Also: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation featurette and director and cast interviews
With the Imf disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through »
- Luke Owen
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opens this week and to get you all caught up and in the mood for some superspy action, we've compiled a kickass tribute to the franchise that covers the entire series; from Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible to John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2 to J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3 to Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
With four installments spanning two decades, the best that could be said about the Mission: Impossible franchise up until now is that it never repeated itself. Like one of those reality competitions where chefs concoct separate dishes using the same ingredients, four different directors have given four different takes on an action movie recipe that uses gadgets, double-crosses, and Tom Cruise as its base. What the series lacked for movie-to-movie consistency it gained in personality. It’s a balance that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth entry, ends up inverting, while still delivering another espionage-fuelled adventure in a year full of them.
Rogue Nation is the first Mission: Impossible to look, feel, and play like a proper sequel to its previous entry –not a bad deal, considering what a thrill 2011’s Ghost Protocol was. Stepping in for Brad Bird is Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie, who also wrote the screenplay for Rogue Nation. »
- Sam Woolf
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
I didn't have much luck with the movies I saw in theaters this week and that's including skipping Pixels. I caught screenings of Southpaw (read the review here), Paper Towns (read the review here) and Vacation (review coming next week), but at home I had a little better luck, though I only watched one "new" film... new to me that is. In preparation for tomorrow night's screening of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, my wife and I watched Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible II, two films I like and yes, that even means I enjoy M:i 2 on some level, mainly on a level that I take enjoyment out of John Woo's ridiculous direction while, at the same time, I'm able to recognize it's a pretty bad movie. We watched Mission: Impossible III rather recently so tonight might be Ghost Protocol... we'll see. readmore postid="54359" The other film I watched »
- Brad Brevet
Dougray Scott's villain perfectly summed up Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 2. "Hunt invariably favours misdirection over confrontation," Scott's preening bad guy tells an assembly of goons. "He'll no doubt engage in some acrobatic insanity before he'll risk harming a hair on a security guard's head."
This is Tom Cruise's Impossible Missions Force agent Hunt in a nutshell: a romantic daredevil who seems to actively enjoy throwing himself off tall buildings. After nearly 20 years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Cruise might have grown weary of his thrill-seeking alter-ego. But here he is in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (film number five), clinging to the sides of planes, making leaps from high places and hurtling around on motorbikes.
This time, Hunt comes up against the Syndicate, a shadowy »
Michael Peña's played a wide range of roles in his career, always providing viewers with fully believable characters who enhance the stories they inhabit. His latest onscreen roles—Father Lozano in The Vatican Tapes and Luis in Ant-Man—are no exceptions, and Daily Dead recently had the chance to talk with Michael Peña about playing an exorcism-tasked priest, working with Paul Rudd in the new Marvel movie, and more.
The Vatican Tapes is your first foray into the horror genre. What attracted you to this story?
Michael Peña: For me, it always starts with the script. I remember reading the script—whenever you're feeling scared when you're reading something, when there's a big emotional response, that's always a pretty good thing. And that's what happened on this one. It stuck with me even when I went to bed. I'm friends with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi—the guys who produced this movie. »
- Derek Anderson
In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the Imf is now disbanded, and Ethan is out in the cold. The team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highlytrained operatives are hell bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Lisa Faust, who may ormay not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. The film stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Vying Rhymes and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
To celebrate the release of Paramount Pictures new film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the Emagine Novi theater (in Novi, Michigan) will be screening the original four Mission: Impossible films for Free*. Emagine Novi will be showing one film a night at 7:00Pm starting Monday, July 27 and »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Star Wars gets an incredible Oculus Rift Vr trailer, the science of shrinking in Ant-Man is broken down and a Jurassic Park "special edition" puts everyone in high heels. We also have a sneak peek at future 8-Bit Cinema episodes and discover "everything wrong" with the first three Mission: Impossible movies. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Science of Shrinking in Marvel's Ant-Man
With last weekend's release of Ant-Man, which follows Paul Rudd's Scott Lang as he gets shrunk to the size of an ant by wearing an incredible suit, VSauce teamed up with Paul Rudd himself for a new video, where they break down the science of shrinkage. »
Had fate taken a different journey, then Sir Ian McKellen may never have ended up as Gandalf or Magneto on the big screen. In fact, he came very, very close to a schedule clash that would have ruled him out of both roles.
Casting was underway for Mission: Impossible II at the end of the 1990s, and McKellen was offered a role in the movie, opposite Tom Cruise, who was just coming off his lengthy shoot for Stanley Kubrick's final movie, Eyes Wide Shut. So what happened? "They wouldn't let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans", McKellen told People. "I only got my scenes".
As it turned out, those scenes weren't enough. "Well, I couldn't judge from reading just those scenes what the script was like. »
As you probably already know, Sir Ian McKellen has played his fair share of iconic roles, though none are as big in the public consciousness as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movies and Magneto in the X-Men franchise. He recently revealed, however, how he almost missed out on both of those roles. Talking to People Magazine, the 76-year-old actor and activist marveled at his good fortune at getting to play two such wonderful characters, but it almost didn.t happen. McKellen was offered a part in Mission: Impossible 2, but when they wouldn.t give him the whole script, he decided to pass, against the protestations of his agent, who plead with him not to turn down the chance to work with Tom Cruise. And what happened next was like something out of a movie. He says: The next day, Bryan Singer asked me to play Magneto and »
The actor explained to People how passing up joining the Mission: Impossible franchise meant that he was free when the other other opportunities arose.
A (non-definitive) ranking of all X-Men movies from worst to best
"Well, I couldn't judge from reading just those scenes what the script was like. So I said no. And my agent said, 'You cant say no to working with Tom Cruise!' and I said, 'I think I will'.
"The next day, Bryan Singer asked me to play Magneto »
Veteran filmmaker John Woo is the helmer of such iconic movies as 1989’s The Killer, 1992’s Hard Boiled and later Face/Off (have John Travolta or Nicolas Cage ever been better?), Mission: Impossible 2 and the Red Cliff movies. He’s about to see the second part of his passion project, The Crossing, released in China later this month. Billed in local media as the “Chinese Titanic,” the two-part period epic is set during the Chinese Civil War and revolves around three… »
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