One Absurd Error Ruined Tom Cruise’s Otherwise Perfect Mission Impossible Film In Its Final Scene


The thrilling action, astounding acrobatics, and intricate story twists of the renowned Mission Impossible franchise have captivated fans for decades. Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, has had to overcome numerous challenges, such as climbing large buildings and evading sophisticated security measures. However, even the most detailed plans might go awry due to unanticipated errors.

The Mission: Impossible movies are vast, and they continue to grow in size as the action spy movie series progresses. The movies may be prone to plot gaps and faults in complicated shots given the complexity of the narratives. In the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol climactic scene, this was the circumstance. Brad Bird’s 2011 action spy film’s suspenseful climax was tainted by a minor factual error—it took place in an Indian multilevel parking lot.

When Tom Cruise’s Perfect Mission Went Wrong

Tom Cruise’s role as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible movie series is his most well-known role. The fourth Mission: Impossible film, a follow-up to Mission: Impossible III (2006), did contain one absurd mistake, though, which significantly reduced the whole cinematic experience.

Do you recall the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol climatic scene where every car had a left-hand drive? But in reality, this scene took place in a multi-level parking lot in India. We could not help but observe that these were left-hand drives, rendering them incompatible with India’s right-hand driving laws since the climactic pursuit scene took place in a multi-level parking lot in India (per IMDB).

Christopher McQuarrie, who would go on to direct Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023), rewrote the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s script without receiving credit, explaining that (via Star Tribune):

“On Ghost Protocol I came in on the middle of the shoot to do a rewrite of the screenplay, though they had already started the movie. I had to communicate with the entire staff to determine what I could and couldn’t change, what sets had been built or struck, what scenes I could or couldn’t reshoot.”


Tom Cruise Was Supposed To Step Down After Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol?

It turned out that the Mission: Impossible franchise would have nearly taken a very different turn before becoming one of the best franchises currently flourishing in Hollywood. In 2011, the fourth installment of the popular series, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, was released. However, Tom Cruise was about to give the role to another actor and leave the show.

This statement was made by Robert Elswit, the film’s cinematographer. Cruise’s Ethan Hunt was going to take over as the new IMF Secretary, opening the door for someone else to become the face of the franchise in the future.

Elswit, 73, had the following to say about it (via Collider):

“Most of the people who were engaged in the initial version of Ghost Protocol definitely wouldn’t speak about this, but I can since nobody gives a s*** about what I say. In the original version of this film, Tom Cruise switched from playing Ethan Hunt the agent to playing Ethan Hunt the Secretary in the conclusion. The idea behind this was to team up another IMF Mission Team with a different actor—possibly Jeremy Renner—and send them through a series of crazy situations, with Tom becoming the Secretary and a new agent taking over the franchise in the end. Which, to me, seemed a little crazy, but that was sort of the order of the day.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol received positive reviews from critics who praised Brad Bird’s direction, the action sequences, and Tom Cruise’s performance. Prior to the release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018, it was the most successful film in the franchise starring the Edge of Tomorrow actor, earning $694 million worldwide. The next year, in 2015, saw the release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is streaming on Netflix and Paramount Plus.