In a few weeks, the latest installment of Mission Impossible will hit theaters. In order to drum up some anticipation, the studio is showing off one of the insane stunts that went into making this action flick as believable and immersive as possible. What makes this particular stunt even cooler is that stunt men were not part of the equation. In fact, it was done solely by Tom Cruise himself, and it involves holding on to the outside of a plane as it takes off. Literally. 

Here's the trailer for the film, which lands in theaters on July 31st.

If there's anything useful or educational to be gleaned from all of this, it's that audiences dig practical effects and stunts. Of course, having not seen the movie yet, it's impossible to say how enjoyable it will truly be. However, it's absolutely guaranteed to be jam packed with action, explosions, and Tom Cruise literally holding on to an airplane as it takes off. As far as I see it, just knowing that this was done practically (as opposed to Cruise being composited in by a team of VFX artists), will make the experience more enjoyable. The same was true of the crazy stunts and practical effects in the latest Mad Max film.

Last but not least, it's worth mentioning that Tom Cruise is in his mid 50s. That shit is just crazy.

Source: Mission Impossible -- YouTube