Whether being chased or chasing, Tom Cruise sprinting with optimal intensity has created some of the most exciting moments ever committed to celluloid. Cars, planes, trains be damned, there really is no better way of getting from A to B than a good old dramatic dash.
Here are the top running scenes that have best prepared The Cruiser to outpace Sofia Boutella’s The Mummy later this year…
5. War of the Worlds (2005)
Steven Spielberg’s take on H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic gave Cruise plenty of opportunities to show off his quick feet and fiercely swinging arms. The poor guy is evading alien invaders throughout the film’s runtime, but the initial attack of the terrifying tripods is Tom Cruise fleeing at his most frantic.
The spindly machines emerge from beneath the concrete roads, emitting an ominous sound and turning everyday people into dust with their advanced weaponry. Of course, everyone starts running but your eyes will be on The Cruiser. He sidesteps tarmac splitting chasms and outruns deathly lasers and exploding buildings, all the while a look of sheer panic strewn across his leading man face.
Naturally, not even the Martians can catch Tom Cruise and his running shoes. This is Tom Cruise running in fear. No doubt excellent preparation for running from a reanimated mummy.
4. Minority Report (2002)
Minority Report is undeniable proof of two things - that a justice system based on precognitive orphans lying in a swimming pool doesn’t work too well, and that when Tom Cruise is on the run, he takes that term very literally.
Frankly, there are so many scenes of him running in this film that it could work convincingly as an advert for taking up purposefully sprinting as a hobby. He runs towards criminals, he runs away from cops, he runs in his spare time to meet his drug dealer, he even performs a silly little run to catch his removed eyeballs as they roll across the floor.
As if that wasn’t enough someone even screams the word ‘run’ in his face before his attempted run is ironically foiled by the future cops on his tail.
3. The Firm (1993)
One from Tom Cruise’s earlier running efforts, The Firm features a more floppy-haired, boyish-looking leading man but one who absolutely knows how to sprint like a startled gazelle. Another instance of the actor being pursued, this time by mysterious men in business suits, The Firm is a serious test of endurance for our distressed lawyer.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to running scenes in The Firm, but the best has to be the initial escape from the firm’s building. His suspicions about his employers confirmed, Cruise wastes no time in ensuring no one will catch him as he sprints with untamed vigour for the exit. Sliding across the parquet floor and slamming into walls as he turns corners at full pace, Cruise manages to dodge fellow employees all the while carrying a briefcase.
Seriously impressive stuff. Whether Cruise will be sporting suspenders and a briefcase when he high-tails it from The Mummy is open to debate.
2. Collateral (2004)
Dashing from a youthful Cruise to a more mature one, Collateral features a salt and pepper style hair-do and some more running in a tight-fitting suit. Collateral’s viciously efficient hitman, Vincent, doesn’t run from things... he runs at them. Make no mistake, if he’s running at you, you have got serious problems.
Jamie Foxx’s anxious cab-driver learns everything there is to know about problems in the finale, as he races across Los Angeles with Cruise in hot pursuit. Not only is Cruise shot in the neck but a rogue wheely chair tries its best to take him down before he can get a real sprint going. Foolish chair, nothing will stop The Cruiser from putting one foot in front of the other with relish.
Chasing Foxx through a subway station Cruise leaps down an escalator in a way that would give the health and safety regulators a heart attack. This is angry running at its finest, and if Sofia Boutella ends up in the crosshairs of Cruise’s vexed running face she’ll wish she never climbed out of the safety of her sarcophagus.
1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
The Mission: Impossible series is infamous for Tom Cruise running sequences. Apparently the missions are entirely possible so long as you can run at or away from things. The fourth movie, Ghost Protocol, has so much running that you’ll feel like you’ve just had an intense cardio session, with each session more thrilling than the last.
The scene that best prepares Mr Cruise to run from the all-powerful Mummy takes place in Dubai during one of the IMF gangs’ many deceptive escapades. As the villain flees, Cruise pursues him with the impassioned zeal we’ve come to expect. However, the thing that makes this particular outing so fitting is the huge sandstorm on Cruise’s tail. Cruise confidently sprints blinded through the relentless storm, and no amount of sand or colliding with cars will stop him from doing what he does best.
No doubt sand will feature in a film about a Mummy, and Cruise’s preparation during Ghost Protocol proves that nothing, not even the merciless elements can slow him down.
Admittedly he does use a car in the end, but that’s just assisted running.
So, how much sprinting will The Cruiser engage in when The Mummy is released on 9th June? Check out the trailer again and judge for yourselves.
Jon Fuge is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.