Tom Cruise: “I’ve been through every action challenge a film can have.”

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” releases in theaters Friday.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATIONIn one scene in his latest action movie, Cruise can be seen literally gripping on to the outer skin of an in-flight A-400 military transport plane. In another scene, he holds his breath for several minutes at a time while carrying out an audacious heist under-water. It’s a sequence the actor says was one of the most challenging scenes on “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the fifth installment in the action-thriller series.

“We were doing long shots and when your body is moving that much it is burning oxygen much faster so there was just a lot of physical stress. Physically what it did to me was quite interesting. It took me much longer to recover from than any other sequence. I have to say physically, it was without a doubt the most challenging aspect of this film,” says Cruise.

With its grand escapades, dazzling effects and clever stunts, Cruise keeps pitching the bar higher and higher with this eagerly awaited film. “The way I work on ‘Mission’ movies,” he adds, “is that I like to spend months and months and months ahead of time prepping every sequence, really breaking them down and sectioning off the proper time for the physical training. I go into each movie expecting to learn new things and learning new ways of doing things where I already have skills.”


Each “Mission: Impossible” film, by design, is different than every other, tending to take on the characteristics of the director and this summer’s action epic does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Entertain.

From its start as a TV show in 1966, “Mission: Impossible” has always centered on the extreme pressure of the ticking clock – the urgent deadline to stop deadly plots. With the film franchise, that idea has blossomed into an entire movie-making philosophy.


A nimble and expertly contrived summer entertainment that doesn’t insult the intelligence, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” pulls together the Dream Team of ‘Mission: Impossible’ and gives all the members of the IMF a major role. Computer expert Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), the elder statesman of the IMF (and the only actor besides Cruise to appear in all five movies) and Hunt’s fellow agents William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and whiz-kid Benji (Simon Pegg) all reteam to deliver action sequences that are sure to enthrall audiences looking for high-octane, escapist entertainment. New to the cast is Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson (“Hercules”) as the mysterious Ilsa Faust. Sean Harris (“Prometheus”) as Solomon Lane and three-time Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin as CIA Director Alan Hunley round off the main cast.


In the film, a trained group of renegade spies are intent on destabilizing civilization and have threatened the deep-cover espionage agency known as the IMF. Ethan Hunt’s (Cruise) mission, if he chooses to accept, it is to destroy this rogue nation. This task takes him on a global hunt from Vienna to Casablanca to various glamorous locales.

It’s a film constantly in motion. Aside from one or two quiet moments, the movie never pauses for breath, instead racing from one set-piece to another at breakneck speed. The stunts are performed with a minimum of digital effects as well, which adds to the excitement and it’s one of those films that’s fun to see in the theater with a full audience on a big screen and a box of popcorn in tow. ​

“Each time I think ‘I’ve seen it all’ and I’ve been through every action challenge a film can have, the next film introduces new challenges of every kind — because we’re constantly pushing not only the action sequences, but the storytelling and characters,” Cruise continues. “To me the ultimate ‘Mission’ movie is never just about action and suspense. It’s really about the combination of action, intrigue and humor with this very specific, breathless kind experience we create for the audience. It’s about giving audiences the greatest sense of adventure and scale — while keeping a classic sense of cinema. We do that more than ever in ‘Rogue Nation.'”

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” releases in theaters Friday.

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