Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Fallout is earning rave reviews and some serious cash at the box office, and it's pretty clear that audiences all around the world are having a blast with the film. The Mission: Impossible series is aging like a fine wine, and the sixth installment in the series is a bonafide love letter to the entire spy series.
While there are plenty of obvious Easter eggs and callbacks from the other Mission: Impossible movies, we're here today to focus on the ones that you may have missed on your first viewing of Mission: Impossible - Fallout during its impressive opening weekend. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to check out our list and let us know which ones you caught. With that in mind, let's dive into the fact that the hospital scene seemed particularly familiar.
The Hospital Fakeout
There's a case to be made that Mission: Impossible 2 doesn't necessarily get all of the credit that it deserves in terms of how well executed the action is. Nevertheless, Mission: Impossible - Fallout features a subtle callback to the 2000 action blockbuster by featuring a scene in which Ethan Hunt and his team trick a terrorist into giving them the information that they want in a fake hospital. This is particularly reminiscent of the first sequel in the franchise in which Ethan masquerades as Dr. Nekhorvich in order to trick John C. McCloy into giving him the information that he needs so he can infiltrate Biocyte Pharmaceuticals and destroy the Chimera virus before Sean Ambrose and his thugs can steal it. The main difference in Fallout is that Wolf Blitzer is the disguise instead of a supposedly dead Russian scientist.
Ethan Freeclimbing The Cliff
Another callback to Mission: Impossible 2 comes towards the end of Mission: Impossible - Fallout when Ethan is forced to scale a cliff with no safety harness in order to reach August Walker's detonator and prevent a nuclear blast. This scene is a direct reference to the now-iconic climbing scene from the first Mission: Impossible sequel in which Ethan Hunt goes on vacation to rock climb in Utah. That scene has become infamous for the danger Tom Cruise was in while filming the sequence. Even after almost two decades in the field, Ethan Hunt still clearly has the athleticism and climbing chops to pull of feats like this, and luckily he was able to dust them off to save the day yet again.