Tom Cruise Performs Stunts In Mission: Impossible Films VFX Artists Rate How Much Is Real VS CGI

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Three of Tom Cruise’s stunts from the Mission: Impossible movies are being rated by VFX artists at Corridor Crew for how much is real vs CGI.

VFX artists grade Tom Cruise’s stunts in the Mission: Impossible franchise based on how much is genuine and how much is CGI. The film series premiered in 1996, following IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team on different operations, frequently involving hazardous foes and growing stakes. Mission: Impossible has been hailed over the years for its action and the work Cruise and other actors put in to do their own stunts. Some of the most unforgettable scenes in the franchise include Cruise clinging to a jet or leaping from a cliff in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

In Corridor Crew’s latest video, VFX artists looked at three of Cruise’s stunts and discussed how much CGI was actually used.

They described how the plane scenario in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was “his truest shot,” noting that Cruise was only wearing a wire. On the other hand, while the famous HALO leap from Fallout was filmed, the storm created was less effective. Finally, they stated that the cliff jump in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was created using CGI, but they were still delighted with how the scenario looked overall.

Why Cruise’s Mission: Impossible Stunts Are So Impressive

Despite the use of special effects to varied degrees in certain places, Cruise’s Mission: Impossible stunts continue to dazzle because he performs them himself. The VFX artists at Corridor Crew noted how much of the action in Dead Reckoning Part One was still real, pointing out the ramp that was built. It was described as one of Cruise’s most difficult stunts, requiring lengthy training, but it was a highlight of the film and was even included in the trailers.

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There are many action moments that stand out in the Mission: Impossible franchise, including one from Rogue Nation that took place underwater, requiring Cruise to hold his breath for a few minutes. Another fan favorite scene in Ghost Protocol was when the actor scaled the Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest structure at the time. Cruise prepares for each stunt he pulls and faces numerous physical hurdles in order to pull it off.

It’s interesting to hear how CGI was employed in these various Mission: Impossible scenes, and what actual VFX artists think of them. Their comments reveal a lot about the filming process and what goes into making such memorable moments. Considering Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two has yet to come out, it is also worth wondering if any of Cruise’s latest stunts will be topped.

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