Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
31 July 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Flying Airplane Sequence – Interview with Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise stated in an interview that it was his intention to do the stunt hanging onto the Airbus A400M in a way to outdo himself after the Burj Khalifa climb stunt in the previous film. However, his idea raised objections by the crew due to safety. Being a certified pilot himself, he wanted to get the feel of being out on the wing or on the side of the airplane. A major obstacle to filming would be bird strikes and wind resistance on the runway. To capture the action, a wind-resistant custom frame for the camera was built and mounted onto the left wing of the plane. The other major problem would be keeping Cruise’s eyes open in the presence of fast wind and runway particles, so his eye specialist designed a special lens that can cover the entire eyeball. Eight takes of the stunt were filmed. Christopher McQuarrie was very concerned that the actor might panic suddenly, but was assured by Cruise to not stop filming until the stunt had been finished.
Flying Airplane Sequence – Own Stunt Performed
Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt climbs on the outside of a flying airplane (an Airbus A400M) without the use of visual effects or a stunt double. At times he was suspended on the aircraft 5000 feet in the air (1.5 kilometers)
Flying Airplane Sequence – Days took to perform the stunt
It took 10 days to film the airplane sequence involving Tom Cruise suspended on the plane, however it is only a 90 second scene.
The IMAX theatrical release has a Mission Impossible style countdown instead of the normal IMAX countdown that features before every movie
Cars and bikes used in the film
All good guys in the movie drive BMW cars (except for the Morocco scene, where William Brandt and Luther Stickell are driving a Land Rover Defender). The bad guys drive either Audi, Mercedes or Range Rover. Except for the motorcycle Chase scene, all motorcycles are BMW S1000RR’s.
Selection of director for the film
The film’s producers originally wanted Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) director Brad Bird to return to helm the follow up film. Bird declined the offer in order to do Tomorrowland (2015). Christopher McQuarrie was then brought in by the film’s producers under the franchise’s leading man Tom Cruise’s request for the director’s job.
Swedish Language Spoken by 2 of the main actors
The language spoken by Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and Janik Vinter (Jens Hultén) in the beginning and the end of the movie is Swedish. Both the actors’ country of origin is Sweden.
Resemblance with fellow Swedish Actress Ingrid Bergman
Rebecca Ferguson bears a striking resemblance to fellow Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman. Ferguson’s character in this film is named Ilsa Faust, this is a reference to Bergman’s character, Ilsa Lund from Casablanca (1942), a European star-crossed lover who falls for an American, and the German legend Faust, where the title character makes an ill-fated deal with the devil. Both characters foreshadow Ilsa Faust’s role in the film. “Rogue Nation” also has a sequence set in Casablanca with Ferguson in it. Tom Cruise’s first celebrity crush was Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946).
No high-heeled shoes in the action sequences
A brief scene in which Ilsa pauses in the middle of an action sequence to remove her high-heeled shoes was singled out in reviews for its realism
Homage to Cary Grant in one of the scene
In an interview with Screenwriting Q&A, Tom Cruise has stated that the gray suit worn during the opening plane sequence is a direct homage to the plane sequence in North by Northwest, where Cary Grant’s character wears a similarly colored suit
The first film release featuring footage from Arri’s new 6.5K Alexa 65 camera, which was used to shoot the underwater sequence
RT/Meta Critic Review
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise.(Click here to see)
Cruise is as watchable as ever, bringing to Hunt a blend of steeliness and vulnerability.(Click here to see)