The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team along with some familiar allies in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. While the clock is ticking, the chase around the world is done at full throttle – which applies to the high-speed and high-tech fueled stunts, featuring the BMW M5, the BMW 7 Series and a 1986 BMW 5 Series.
Check out the behind the scenes clips of the helicopter chase through mountains, the halo skydive jump from 25,000 feet and a spectacular car chase over a set of stone stairs – right in the middle of Paris.
The Helicopter Chase
What’s more thrilling than a car chase? A pursuit action high up in the air. In MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, Tom Cruise jumps behind the controls of a helicopter. Flying a helicopter takes a lot of skill and to put someone in a situation like this is impossible. For this scene, there was a very short time of training to become a 2,000-hour pilot but with Cruise’s dedication and focus, he perfected the shot.
The most challenging part to perform was the downward spiral, which takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice.
The stunt also brought along new challenges for the stunt engineers: Usually, all film cameras are located in the vehicle but this time, the team had to develop rigs that could be attached to the outside of the helicopter that could withstand the pressure.
Lights, camera, action. Find out more about the helicopter chase on YouTube.
High Altitude – Low Opening or HALO insertion, is a special parachuting technique used by elite military units to land undetected in enemy terrain. Jumpers exit at high-altitude and freefall toward earth at incredible speeds, waiting as long as possible to open their parachutes. This minimizes the amount of time the jumper can be spotted. Perfect for a secret agent on an impossible mission.
Cruise’s jump in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is from 25,000 feet. Halo jumpers freefall toward earth at speeds topping 200 mph and the air gets thinner with increasing heights. At 25,000 feet, it was necessary to wear oxygen helmets, but standard helmets covered the face, so a “hero” helmet had to be developed and constructed by the props department.
It takes Accelerated Freefall instructors over 1,000 jumps to get it right while Tom had just over 100 jumps to get the scene.
Staircases with Stunt Cars
The scene is Paris, as a Vintage BMW M5 makes a 180-degree turn down a set of stone stairs. For this stunt, the car has to be thrown into a 180-degree turn and at the last 10 degrees the driver needs to turn the steering wheel, step on the clutch, and put the car into first gear in the air.