Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One is finally here after a series of COVID-induced production delays. The movie premiered in Australia on Monday, 3 July, which brought Tom Cruise, along with Simon Pegg, Hayley Atwell, and Pom Klementieff, to the Australian premiere of the film in Sydney.
We even had a chance to sit down with some of the cast members prior to the red carpet-debut, which you can see here.
Whether you’ve seen it or not, you can almost guarantee there’s as much scenery as there are car chases and explosions. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the five best filming locations that you can actually visit.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
In the first few seconds of the film’s trailer, we see Tom Cruise riding horseback across the desert. The soaring dunes featured are that of the Liwa Desert, a 90-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi. As you might expect, the impressive sand valleys are a magnet for dune bashing, surfing, and all kinds of adventure and adrenaline experiences.
For adventurous travellers, Liwa Nights Glamping Retreat provides a unique experience for those who want to switch off and get a taste of traditional Bedouin culture whilst enjoying sweeping views of the desert in a luxury tent. The retreat offers its own fleet of activities, from organic date farm tours, historical fort tours, falconry, and camel tours in the desert.
Abu Dhabi’s iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi also has a starring role in the new Mission Impossible film and is definitely one not to miss. As one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks, Louvre Abu Dhabi is the region’s first universal museum, exploring the links between global civilisations through time and revealing stories of cultural connections. Its galleries feature works of global historical and cultural significance spanning human history and there’s also a dedicated Children’s Museum.
The building itself is a work of art. The soaring dome roof is inspired by traditional thatched palm leaves and constructed from 7,850 individual stars repeated at different sizes and angles, forming a “rain of light” effect when the sun shines through.
This isn’t the first time Ethan Hunt has raced through the cobblestone streets of Rome, but we can’t ignore a trip to the dreamy Italian capital and the impressive stunts. Tom Cruise drove a car, handcuffed to co-star Hayley Atwell, through the streets of the Italian capital, driving full-throttle down such famous roads as Via dei Funari, Via Nazionale, Via di S. Maria Maggiore, and Via dei Serpenti.
The film crew ventured to Derbyshire for a number of set scenes, including the pocket-sized village of Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire. The local Darlton Quarry was transformed into a specially-made train track for an action set piece where a locomotive intentionally drives off the cliff edge. Talk about action. Although, we can’t ignore just how beautiful Stoney Middleton is. Worthy of a visit.
Our list comes to an end with, perhaps, Tom Cruise’s most daring stunt. Trollveggen, also known as the ‘Troll Wall’, is the highest vertical rock face in Europe, standing at over 1000 meters high. Cruise drove a motorcycle off the edge of the cliff, relying on a parachute to bring him down safely.
While you don’t have to drive a motorcycle off a cliff, a visit to the ‘Troll Wall’ should definitely be on the cards. The natural rock formation is a magnet for adrenaline junkies across the globe.