Two years ago, I recreated the opening sequence of Midnight in Paris (some 60 sixty shots in various Paris spots). This year I went again on some movie tracking with Mission Impossible: Fallout, which features a big action segment in Paris. Since Tom Cruise (I'll call him Tom) was busy making the new Mission Impossible, I couldn't get him to work with me on a full recreation, so I settled on chosing about 30 shots from the segment, which I went to photograph myself.
As in many other such movies, the scene involves a fair amount of teleportation accross Paris, but it does feature some local consistency; most importantly, it uses actual urban elements to serve the action. They did their homework! In this article, I focus on a few segments of the action scene which are locally consistent in Paris. I present comparisons of my own photographs (left) with shots from the movie (right). You can click on the pictures to see a higher-resolution version.
An overall description of the scene: French forces of order (apparently the police and the RAID) go fetch a terrorist to transport him somewhere. Tom Cruise has been commissioned by some shady organization to steal the terrorist from the police and bring him to them. Tom being Tom, he agrees to the deal, but secretely intends to keep the terrorist for himself and his own virtuous counter-terrorist organization. Meanwhile some other secret agent follows everyone on motorbike and intends to dealt with the terrorist by herself.
1. Ambush, Bercy.
Everything starts when the police goes fetch the terrorist at the French Ministère des Finances, in the district of Bercy. The terrorist is then transported in a truck on the Pont de Bercy.
Once on the Left Bank of the Seine, a setup road accident makes the police take an alternative itinerary, which consists in taking a covered pass at the Quai d'Austerlitz.
In this pass, Tom ambushes the convoy, by bulldozering the truck containing the terrorist into the Seine, with his own truck, and then flees the scene.
Since the terrorist organization notices that Tom is going out of plan, a bunch of their henchmen embark in their cars to try to follow him. This happens at the Viaduc d'Austerlitz, not far away from the ambush.
Some more pics
2. Truck pursuit, Rue de Nevers
While Tom's friends are retrieving the terrorist underwater, Tom is being chased by the police in his truck. He teleports to the Pont Neuf, which bridges the Île de la Cité and the Left Bank.
In the continuity of the Pont Neuf is the Rue de Nevers. This is a very narrow street, with a scottish pub (The Highlander) at the begining.
Tom and his buddy eventually crash the truck into the narrowest part of the street, but it was all a plan from the beginning, because their bikes await them here!
3. Bike pursuit (1/2), Saint-Louis
Once on his bike, Tom teleports to the Pont de Saint-Louis, which bridges the Île de la Cité with the Île Saint-Louis. He bikes his way through Saint-Louis before taking the Pont Louis Philippe which bridges the Île Saint-Louis with the Right Bank.
One more pic
3. Bike pursuit (2/2), Opera
Tom then teleports to Rue des Pyramides.
Because police is everywhere, he needs to take an underpass at some point in the street; which is a true underpass!
Emerging from the underpass, Tom turns left on the Avenue de l'Opera, passing by the Royal Opera restaurant, and finally biking like hell towards the Opera itself.
The third part of the bike pursuit is completely insane (teleporting to the Arc de Triomphe, taking the roundabout there the wrong way, teleporting to Montparnasse, getting wrecked by the car, escaping in the Paris sewers, teleporting to the canal Saint-Martin), so I didn't even try to cover it.
At this point, Tom meets with his friends who have the terrorist, and they quietly go away in a car.
4. Car interception, Rue du Rocher
While Tom and his friends are quietly driving with the terrorist, Tom's competitor intercepts them at the Rue du Rocher.
Some more pics
5. Car pursuit, Saint-Gervais
Game is on! The competitor is in pursuit of Tom's old BMW. They teleport to the Eglise Saint-Gervais, around which Tom drifts like a boss.
They then turn to the Rue des Barres, which starts with a restaurant.
At the end of Rue des Barres, Tom literally drift down some stairs!
The pursuit then goes on in Rue François Miron.
6. Wrap-up (1/2), Quai Saint-Michel
Once everything is over and Tom has the terrorist, he goes for a bit of chatting with the organization he was dealing with. They chat at the Quai Saint-Michel, where we can see Notre-Dame.
7. Wrap-up (2/2), Jardins du Palais Royal
He also goes smooth the rough edges with his spy competitor, who is kind of his friend anyway. They go chat at the Jardin du Palais Royal, which I hope could be as deserted and quiet as it is in the movie.