Director and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie shed light on the much-awaited Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, promising viewers an even more intense and captivating experience with enhanced underwater scenes.
During an interview with Collider, McQuarrie reflected on his past works with actor/producer Tom Cruise and expressed dissatisfaction with the underwater scenes in earlier films such as the sci-fi action Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. He added, “We analyze why we were dissatisfied. What were all the factors working against us? The biggest being, not having real knowledge in that area.” Nonetheless, in Dead Reckoning, they meticulously applied the lessons learned from experiences to deliver an impressive visual spectacle for viewers. “Everything you’re looking at in Dead Reckoning is the application of knowledge from previous sequences,” said McQuarrie.
Despite Hollywood’s conventional wisdom advising against water-based productions due to their complexity, the creative duo decided to take on the challenge head-on. In Dead Reckoning, the opening submarine scene thrilled viewers and prepared them for Part Two. Cruise impressively held his breath for 6.5 minutes during shooting, as McQuarrie shared. However, the director admitted he wouldn’t ask Cruise to do it again since such an achievement takes a massive physical toll and isn’t suitable for everyone. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One set the stage for what appears to be the final mission of Ethan Hunt, as he gears up to confront the mysterious, sunken submarine. McQuarrie hinted at the importance of this underwater mission, which will undoubtedly push the boundaries of action and suspense.
Tom Cruise earned a reputation for performing his own stunts throughout the 19-year run of the Mission: Impossible franchise. In Rogue Nation, he carries out an underwater heist, where his character needs to infiltrate a secured vault without air tanks. The scene demands Hunt hold his breath for at least three minutes. However, the task becomes even more perilous as unexpected complications submerge him for over six agonizing minutes. McQuarrie hinted at the importance of this underwater mission, which will undoubtedly push the boundaries of action and suspense.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two will be released on June 28, 2024. For now, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One can also be seen on the big screen with the film now playing in theaters.