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The Best Stunts Of The Mission: Impossible Movies
We look at the craziest moments of the franchise so far...

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As star / producer Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie and writer Drew Pearce gear up to tackle a fifth Mission: Impossible movie (which just nabbed a release date of Christmas Day, 2015), we take a stroll down memory lane, then jump on recollection’s high speed train, clamber up Reminiscence Tower and leap off into a look at the stunts they’ll be trying to top…

WORDS JAMES WHITE
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Mission: Impossible (1996) - The Tunnel Chase

Cruise’s Ethan Hunt battles Jean Reno’s Franz Krieger while one is atop a speeding train and the other pilots a chopper. Putting aside the unreal element of two trains occupying the same Channel Tunnel segment (that can’t happen), and every objection relating to a helicopter in said tunnel, there’s a lot of fun to be had here. Brian De Palma ramps up the tension and there’s a great cameo from The Day Today’s David Schneider as a nervy train driver. The moment where Cruise is flung towards the train by the exploding helicopter was achieved using a 140mph wind machine."I ended up doing it three or four times and it hurt – I was black and blue for days,” recalls the daredevil actor. “But I wanted to make it real, to make it believable.” Mission: mostly accomplished.

Which Mission: Impossible stunt is your favourite?

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1 MI:2
I loved MI:2 the most of the films released, as I was raised on John Woo films. Despite some really hammy dialogue, the Spanish scenes at the beginning are gorgeous, and the film really sets the characters into place before the first bullet flies. The climb is a great stunt, but for sheer cinematic orgasm, the bike chase at the end takes the cake and eats it whole. From the mental slow-mo bridge jump to the stoppie spin and shoot (a stunt that it is possible to match on GTA 5 btw). For the sheer spectacle on the big screen that sequence is my fave of all action movies. More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Tuesday November 19, 2013, 10:46

2 M:I 2 Picks Up Later
its a bit of snooze after the car chase but really wakes up with the bike chase at the end. More

Posted by spark1 on Saturday November 16, 2013, 13:07

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Still can't believe Cruise did those stunts on the Burj Khalifa. I went up it last year, and let me tell you, there's not a thing on God's green Earth that could make me go on the outside of that thing. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday November 15, 2013, 14:12

4 RE: The Best Stunts Of The Mission: Impossible Movies
My favourite of the films is by far DePalma's original and I'd have to say that had you put the infiltration of the C.I.A. headquarters in the list it would have sealed my vote. But for sheer scale I've had to go with the Burj Khalifa set piece. It's immense. A nod also to the 3rd film's night-time skyscraper 'slide'. More

Posted by QuietLife on Friday November 15, 2013, 14:04

5 Stunt vs Film
I definitely have to give the best stunt to the Burj Khalifa climb, as that was sweat-inducing edge of your seat stuff and the fact that he did it himself on the actual building is insane! But my favourite film of the franchise definitely has to be MI:3 - I love JJ Abrams as a director, and the third film is so well paced, and SO tense all the way through because he's trying to save someone he loves. Just awesome! More

Posted by MikeTheActorMan on Friday November 15, 2013, 12:01

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