Friday, 31 July 2015

Mission impossible


Scale – epic, heart-hammering scale – has been at the heart of “Mission: Impossible” since the original television series, which took viewers on grand escapades that broke the boundaries of television’s usually narrow scope.  Adding to it in an era when audiences have seen so much in the way of dazzling effects and clever stunts Mission Impossible; Rogue Nation is all set to raise the bar higher and higher.

Distributed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures in India, the film is set to release on 7th August 2015.
The answer, says Christopher McQuarrie, is to not think about the bar at all.  Instead, think about telling the story in the most visceral, uncompromising way you can. “I think a big component of how we approached this was to not talk about comparisons,” he counters.  “You can see that the Torus sequence follows in the tradition of the Langley Heist that Brian De Palma did in the first film; or the A400 plane sequence follows in the tradition of the BurjKhalifa climb in ‘Ghost Protocol’; or the Morocco motorcycle chases follow in the footsteps of John Woo’s climactic chase in ‘Mission: Impossible II.’ But I think trying to compare them is apples to oranges.  The more important question is:  am I doing the continuation of the story in ‘Rogue Nation’ justice?  The thing we’ve seen is that it’s not only about creating spectacles. We found that the more intimate we made this film, the greater the audience investment was, and the higher the stakes, in every scene.”

Nevertheless, the sequences McQuarrie mentions most certainly did push cast and crew to places they never even foresaw going.

For Cruise, the hands-on work begins early:  every single “Mission: Impossible” film kicks off with a period of intensive physical preparation.  Only this time he had to start anew, honing skills that haven’t come into play before.  “The way I work on ‘Mission’ movies 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,” he explains.  “I go into each movie expecting tolearn new things and learning new ways of doing things where I already have skills.”

With the A-400 stunt, Cruise may have already topped the list until even more physically demanding stunt – holding his breath for several minutes at a time while carrying out an audacious heist inside the under-water Torus facility.

Ethan Hunt has broken into secure facilities before, but this one takes the cake as Ethan must plunge into a hyper-secure, deep-water facility – without the noise-making scuba gear that would give him away.   “The Torus is like an incredible underwater obstacle course,” says Jake Myers.  “It’s something audiences haven’t seen anywhere before.”   

Cruise is no stranger to underwater work, but decided to literally go to new depths in his training so as to make the sequence as lung-bustingly real as possible. 

''My big question about this scene was:  how can we make it even more tense for an audience -- and have them experience what it’s like to hold your breath for that long, long period of time?  We had this great design for the Torus that Jim Bissell came up with and these great ideas Chris had, and I felt the performance had to stand up to that,” Cruise comments. 

To get that kind of performance, Cruise began in intensive apprenticeship in free diving – sometimes called the “world’s most dangerous sport” – in which elite athletes dive to depths greater than 200 feet with no mechanical equipment or oxygen, risking hallucinations, blacking out, dreaded “lung squeezes” and getting the bends.  Despite the peril, the true masters of the technique have turned it into a meditative art form, carefully calibrating their internal metabolisms and learning to slow their heart rates to the point that they can survive at depths many used to think was indeed impossible. 

Cruise trained diligently on both timed breath-holds and underwater maneuvers with veteran athletes in Florida and the Cayman Islands, building up to a 40-meter free dive.  But his aim was different than most.  Rather than simply learning to relax in an oxygen-less state, he needed to learn how to carry out a complex action sequence without air.

“I have to say physically, it was without a doubt the most challenging aspect of this film,” Cruise states.  “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 … what I went through doing that -- it took me much longer to recover from than any other sequence.” 

Cruise admits that the stunt team had to be convinced that such prolonged breath-holding wouldn’t be too grave a danger.  “They didn’t feel comfortable initially because typically in movies, an underwater sequence might involve someone holding their breath for 10, 15 seconds max,” the actor explains.  “So I had to prove to everyone that not only is this safe, but it’s far better that I’ve learned these techniques for long breath-holds because now, I’m going to be very relaxed about it.  In terms of the breath-holding, everything was always under control, but physically it was very grueling.  I had pain in my tendons from doing so many takes like that.  But it was also really fascinating to me. I learned so much about my body and how it works.” 

The sequence summed up what has made Tom Cruise and Ethan Hunt an inseparable pair. As they say, Tom makes movies for audiences. He doesn't make them for himself.

முன் எப்போதும் கண்டிடாத டாம் க்ரூஸின் ஆழ்கடல் சாகசம் : மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள்-5

டாம் க்ரூஸ் நடிப்பில் கிரிஸ் மெக்குவாரி இயக்கியுள்ள மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள் தொடரின் ஐந்தாம் பாகம் ஆகஸ்ட் 7 ஆம் தேதி உலமெங்கும் வெளியாகவுள்ளது. படத்திற்கு படம் வித்தியாசமான சாகசங்களை மேற்கொள்ளும் டாம் க்ரூஸ் ‘மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள்:முரட்டு தேசம்’ (MissionImpossible: Rogue Nation) திரைப்படத்தில் கார், பைக், விமானம் என பல சாகசங்களை செய்துள்ளார்இந்தியாவில்  Viacom18 மோஷன் பிக்சர்ஸ் நிறுவனம் வெளியிடும் இப்படம் மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள்:முரட்டு தேசம்’ என்று தமிழில் வெளியாகவுள்ளது.  

இயக்குனர் கிரிஸ் மெக்குவாரி மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள்-5 படத்தில் டாம் க்ரூஸின் சாகசங்களைப் பற்றி கூறும்பொழுது “ மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள் தொடரின்  முந்தைய பாகங்கள் வெவ்வேறு விதமான ஆச்சர்யம் ஊட்டும் சாகசங்களை காட்சியாய் கொண்டு இருந்தது. கதாநாயகன் க்ரூஸ் நடித்திருக்கும் ஈத்தன் ஹன்ட் எதற்கும் துணிந்தவன் என்பது அனைவரும் அறிந்ததே. இப்படத்தில் இடம் பெற்றிருக்கும் A400 விமானத்தில் தொங்கும் காட்சி ரசிகர்களை கண்டிப்பாக உறைய வைக்கும். இருப்பினும் டாம் க்ரூஸ் யாரும் தன்னை எளிதில் மதிப்பிட விடமாட்டார். மிஷன் இம்பாசிபிள்:முரட்டு தேசம்’ படத்தில் எல்லா வற்றையும் கடந்து தன் மூச்சை அடக்கி கொண்டு நீருக்கு அடியில் பல மணி துளிகள் நடித்துள்ளார்.” எனக் கூறினார்.

“நான் ஆழ் கடலில் நீந்தி உள்ளேன். இவ்வாறு மூச்சை அடக்கி அடக்கி கொண்டு 200 அடி ஆழத்தில் நடித்தது இல்லை. நீருக்கு அடியில் இப்படி நடிப்பது சற்று கடினமாகாவே இருந்தது. எனினும் எனது தீவிர பயிற்சி இத்தகைய காட்சியில்  நடிப்பதை சாத்தியமாக்கியுள்ளது. மற்ற கடினமான காட்சிகளைக் காட்டிலும் இக்காட்சியில் நடித்தது மிகவும் ஆச்சர்யமாக இருந்தது. எனது உடலை பற்றி நிறைய விஷயங்களை கற்று எனது பயிற்சி கற்று தந்தது” என டாம் க்ரூஸ் கூறினார்.  

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