Top Gun Maverick proves to be the real mission impossible for Tom Cruise. Here’s how
Top Gun Maverick is back after 34 years. The times have changed but fans are eager to see actor Tom Cruise as ever. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the sequel shows top Navy aviator Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell returning to train a new batch of aviators. But as opposed to its predecessor the new batch in the sequel is comprised of ex-Top Gun graduates. As the trailer quotes, “What he (Pete Mitchell) can teach you is the difference between life and death.”
Next comes, the super bowl extended trailer, which looks all more exciting with all the aerial dogfight action sequence continuing the legacy of Top Gun film. A bit of the CGI work can be traced but the cockpit scenes have a raw organic feel to it. Well, why not Tom Cruise pushed the envelope with director Kosinski’s vision of ‘keeping it real.’ And in turn, Top Gun Maverick proves to be the real mission impossible for Tom Cruise.
Cruise is known to do his own amazing action sequences and going at length for them. For Top Gun 2 it’s just not him but the entire cast that went the extra mile to put themselves in a real-life pilot’s shoes.
All the shots in the trailer are of actors actually handling that G force. Hence, all the faces look distorted, nearly puking and purple. The flying sequences were shot with the 6k filming technology and not CGI. CGI is present but without interfering with the sense of realism.
For the uninitiated, 6k filming is the highest resolution possible. This kind of IMAX camera technique or work is never seen before.
The production managed to put 6 IMAX quality cameras inside the cockpit with the actor capturing even the slightest wrinkle on the face in full resolution. During the San Diego Comic Con, Tom Cruise told the audience, ‘Everything you see in this film is for real.’
Actor Tom Cruise flew an F 14 Tomcat in the original now he will be seen piloting an F/A-18F Super Hornet. In a behind the scene video about shooting the scenes he defended the realism by stating, “You can’t act that, the distortion in the face. They’re pulling 7½, 8 G’s. That’s 1,600 pounds of force.”
And it works so beautifully that one can’t wait to see the effects of it on screen.
The production scale is so massive that it bogs the mind as to how Paramount pictures would achieve that feat. Well, the answer lies with the U.S. military, the first movie really boosted their recruitments back in 1986. So, this time around the military returned the favour by assisting the production in making the movie as real as possible.
Paramount Pictures even got permission from the Pentagon to work with real Navy personnel. Cameras were allowed to be attached on and inside the F/A-18F Super Hornets which allows the actors to just sit in the backseat and do the shot while an actual pilot is flying. Also, permission was granted for certain (real-life) pilots to be shot while in their cockpits.
With all the magic of realism for the fans Top Gun: Maverick hits the theatre on June 26, 2020.