How would Ethan Hunt, THE IMF AGENT want to catch a movie premiere? Paramount Pictures had found the perfect answer. The sixth part of the Mission Impossible movie franchise hit the theatres last week, and one of its many global premiers took place in Norway. The Scandinavian country’s Preikestolen, commonly known as Pulpit Rock, is one of its most iconic tourist destinations. At 2000 ft. Above the ground, the top of this gigantic cliff provides a breathtaking view of the surroundings, and a perfect locale for Ethan Hunt to grab a popcorn bucket and watch a movie.
The Mission Impossible series, starring the ageless Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, is one of the most followed movie franchises all over the globe. Known for its death-defying stunts and edge-of-the-seat action moves, the movies of this series have been keenly watched by its ardent fans. The rugged cliffs in the fjords of Western Norway provided an apt shooting location for the climax of the latest instalment, featuring a tense scene between the protagonist Hunt, and the nemesis August Walker (played by Henry Cavil). Although the scene is scripted to have taken place in Kashmir, India, Norway’s Pulpit Rock provided an apt cover for it. To pay homage for its anonymous appearance, Paramount Pictures, the production house, conducted a special screening of the movie atop the sheer drop of a cliff.
2000 fans displayed their stunt skills, tracing out a 4-hour long hike, up the dangerous rock. At 11 PM, the fans were comfortably settled on the rock-top, overviewing a jaw-dropping background. The movie began, and the world watched the brave-hearts watching another brave-heart. Mission Impossible: Fallout and Tom Cruise couldn’t have got a better ovation than this. The Pulpit Rock screening is one of the most defining moments in modern cinema, a perfect mix of marketing strategy and awe, which would be talked about for ages in the future.
Tom Cruise, lamented for not being present at the premiere, something which the evergreen hero would have loved. He took Twitter as a medium to express his astonishment and glee. ‘2,000 feet, 2,000 people, 4 hours of hiking. The most impossible screening of #MissionImpossible Fallout. Thank you all for coming! I wish I could have been there. ’
The Christopher McQuarrie directed movie is already gaining a lot of attention worldwide. It is set to be the highest grossing movie of the franchise, already accumulating $200 in the first week of its release. The critics have also praised this movie, labelling it as one of the best action movies of late.
Mission Impossible: Fallout was released worldwide last week, and is running in a theatre near you.