Christopher McQuarrie Breaks Down ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Opera Sequence

August 11, 2015

When we examined all the action scenes and setpieces in the Mission: Impossible film series, I ranked the Vienna Opera sequence from Rogue Nation as number three out of all the series’s accomplishments, behind the Burj Khalifa sequence from Ghost Protocol and the wire hang from the original film.

The Rogue Nation opera sequence is a complex piece of work, with multiple characters navigating the backstage area of the Vienna State Opera House — in reality a collection of sets built with more verisimilitude than usual — and incredible timing and definition of space to help audiences keep track of the intersecting trajectories of all the characters.

Now writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has taken the time to provide commentary on that sequence to the New York Times, and the resulting “Anatomy of a Scene” video on the Rogue Nation opera sequence is one of the better scene dissections we’ve caught in a while.

This video The New York Times contains a couple Rogue Nation spoilers, so it’s safest to watch after you’ve seen the film. 

via Slash Film and New York Times

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