Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in this thriller, directed by John Woo. Hunt is an operative for the top-secret government agency IMF. Fellow agent Sean Ambrose steals a virus named Chimera that could rapidly wipe out the world’s population. Ambrose’s plan is to sell Chimera to the highest bidder in exchange for shares of stock in the winner’s company. Hunt is assigned to recruit the help of Ambrose’s former lover Nyah Nordoff-Hall, who left Ambrose broken-hearted. Once he meets and spends a night with Nyah, however, Ethan is smitten, and now must both capture Ambrose and keep Nyah alive. Co-stars Dougray Scott and Thandie Newton. Director John Woo on Cruise doing his own stunts:
To establish that he is a real person. He enjoy life, enjoy the nature, he has dreams, he has passion, just like any young man in the world. So, that’s why he Tom Cruise like to do every shot by himself.