- The sudden begin of Mission: Unimaginable—Lifeless Reckoning Half One is an electric-powered Fiat 500.
- The seventh movie within the Mission: Unimaginable franchise opens on July 12. This is a teaser displaying the behind-the-scenes filming of the automobile chases.
- The weird hero automobile is a classic Fiat 500, constructed specifically with electrical energy to be quicker and wilder, and it is shot for visceral thrills with actual, sensible stunts somewhat than CGI results.
Opening subsequent month, Mission: Unimaginable—Lifeless Reckoning Half One seems to copy the field workplace success of Prime Gun: Maverick. Prime Gun was all about actual stunts over CGI, and this newest entrant in Tom Cruise’s long-running thriller collection seems to even have real vehicular carnage. The most recent teaser goes behind the scenes of the centerpiece automobile chase set in Rome, and it additionally shines a lightweight on the unlikely hero automobile: a cheeky little classic Fiat 500.
Powered by a two-cylinder engine that by no means bought a displacement larger than a bottle of wine, even within the hottest Abarth-tuned fashions, the common 500 strikes slower than a four-course Italian lunch. However on this planet of Mission: Unimaginable, there is a trick up each sleeve. We first encounter the little yellow Fiat parked up beside a grey Ferrari F12 TdF. Having ditched a battered 5-series, Tom Cruise and Haley Atwell—handcuffed collectively for higher drama—head straight for the Ferrari as a possible getaway automobile. Ah, however wait, right here comes the Fiat.
Gone is the clattery two-cylinder engine, and based mostly on the whir of acceleration, it appears to be powered by an electrical motor. Judging by the tire-roasting antics because the Fiat 500 drifts over the cobblestones of Rome, there’s considerably extra energy on faucet right here. The factor seems like an enraged hand blender and goes like a wasp. Within the teaser, Cruise describes the five hundred as “wild.”
It isn’t the primary time a Fiat 500 has starred in a wild automobile chase. We see the selection of the five hundred as a nod to among the finest animated automobile chases of all time. The 1979 movie The Fort of Cagliostro marked the directorial debut of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who would go on to co-found Studio Ghibli. Notable for movies like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, Miyazaki is as beloved in Japan as Disney is right here.
The central character in Cagliostro is the rascally grasp thief Arsène Lupin III, grandson of the character initially created by a French author in 1905. Miyazaki dials down the unique menace of Lupin by plonking him in a yellow Fiat 500, which he makes use of to chase down the dangerous guys.
The pairing was so profitable that Fiat truly made a collection of Lupin-themed trendy Fiat 500s, together with a 165-hp Abarth 595. Showing collectively in some 20 motion pictures, Lupin III and his yellow Fiat are inseparably linked.
Again in Rome, with one wrist handcuffed, Cruise has to one-hand-drift the automobile round corners in non-animated actual life. Director Christopher McQuarrie, who collaborated with Cruise on each earlier Mission: Unimaginable motion pictures and Prime Gun: Maverick, says within the trailer, “All the things we shot is totally sensible.”
“We constructed this Fiat 500 in order that it might be quicker—some would even say the automobile is possessed.”
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And it’s, possessed by the spirit of a beloved anime anti-hero. Mission: Unimaginable—Lifeless Reckoning Half One opens July 12. If it could possibly handle to be Prime Gun: Fiat 500, it will be a smash hit.
Brendan McAleer is a contract author and photographer based mostly in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He grew up splitting his knuckles on British cars, got here of age within the golden period of Japanese sport-compact efficiency, and started writing about automobiles and other people in 2008. His specific curiosity is the intersection between humanity and equipment, whether or not it’s the racing profession of Walter Cronkite or Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s half-century obsession with the Citroën 2CV. He has taught each of his younger daughters how one can shift a handbook transmission and is grateful for the excuse they supply to be perpetually shopping for Scorching Wheels.