From ‘Mission: Impossible’ to ‘Godzilla’: Plane Jumps in the Movies

Hollywood loves to throw people out of planes. Several big-budget movies over the last four years have sent their characters hurtling from aircraft for various narrative purposes. And yet the main reason may just be because it’s cool.

Sometimes it’s a H.A.L.O. (high altitude-low opening) jump, as in the new “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” or in the 2014 reboot of “Godzilla.” Other times there’s a crazy complicating factor: a star leaps from a crashing plane with a big gorilla on board, as in the recent “Rampage,” or there’s a mummy’s curse along for the ride, as in “The Mummy. (2017). And on one occasion, in the rollicking “Furious 7,” it’s not just people, but muscle cars as well, that take a leap. Below are scenes from four films, with commentary from their directors on how they pulled off these stunts.

‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ (2018)

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, and the actor’s stunts keep getting wilder. That includes this ambitious one where he leaps from a plane at 25,000 feet while a sky diving camera operator follows his every move. If it looks like lunacy here, it’s even crazier in Imax.

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