TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - June 4, 2018
With the quickest turnaround time of any Mission: Impossible sequel to date, Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie have gone all out to make sure that Fallout is the biggest mission yet. So how do you top free-climbing the Burj Khalifa and holding onto the outside of a plane during take-off? Why with a Halo jump, of course!
A Halo jump is essentially skydiving from an altitude above 15,000 feet—in this particular case 25,000—so it requires oxygen masks, giving the series what is certainly its most distinctive stunt yet, if only from the intricacy involved. As detailed in the video, Cruise and crew had to make this jump over 100 times to ensure it met every criteria they needed to put the scene in the film.
In my opinion, when they talk about building the world's largest wind-tunnel just to practice, I sort of glazed over. It's as if they don't trust the stunt to speak for itself in the film. They want you to know how risky it was for Tom Cruise to do this stunt in the first place, so when you see it in IMAX 3D, you understand the immenseness of the entire endeavor.
Shrug. Mission: Impossible—Fallout, co-starring Henry Cavill and his mustache, opens on July 27.
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