Everyone's talking about Tom Cruise's death-defying plane stunt in the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and for good reason: the thrill junkie strapped himself to the side of a military jet and soared to 5,000 feet. That's certifiably nuts. But it's also a smidgen of what Cruise and his writer-director, Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects, Jack Reacher), cooked up for the Mission: Impossible series' fifth installment. Of all the films, Rogue Nation is the most kinetic, both in high-speed action and mystery narrative. Story and stunts work in tandem. And like McQuarrie's Jack Reacher, any set piece is tactile and brutal. Take the above car chase, a new clip premiering here on Esquire.com. Motorcycles roar, cars drift, glass shatters, wheels squeal, walls bash Cruise's BMW to bits, sun drenches the scene in heat, and Simon Pegg screams like there's no tomorrow. When it crescendos with a little automotive ballet, we feel the crunch. It's intense. And that's Rogue Nation in a nutshell. You feel this mission.
Rogue Nation arrives to theaters and IMAX screens on July 31.