Friday, August 7, 2015

Movies: Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

(Drivebycuriosity) - Being an entertainer in a world of growing competition is getting more & more challenging. Making a fresh & surprising action movie is almost a "mission impossible". There are now so many competing products like the "James Bond" franchise, the  "Bourne" serials, the "Mission Impossible" collection and a lot of other expensive cinema & TV spectacles.

"Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation", the number 5 of the series, shows that Tom Cruise´s ambitious long time action movie project is still alive and kicking (imdb). The team of creators, lead by Christopher McQuarrie (script writer & director) and the squad of producers (Tom Cruise, "Lost"  creator J. J. Abrams, Sky Dance Productions CEO David Ellison and four persons more) delivered a veritable blockbuster.

I really enjoyed the well-made mixture of action & humor even that many scenes were quite hilarious. The plot has a filed out set of deceptions, delusion & feints which you can expect in a contemporary action thriller (this is a spoiler free blog. You can find a synopsis here wikipedia ).

As usual the film quotes many famous movie scenes of the past, you can see influences by Hitchcock, Hong Kong cinema, The Matrix, The Bourne series and other films. The frequent action scenes are cutting edge, there is a lot of physical violence elegantly choreographed. An elaborately shot & edited combat scene ( 4 participants) during a performance of Puccini´s opera Turandot in the Wiener Staatsoper (operahouse Vienna) was priceless and one of the highlights of the whole series.

Rebecca Ferguson was the most important innovation in this "Mission" installment. The Swedish actress brought some glamour & sex appeal into the movie and delivered a stunning blend of charm and martial arts skills. Tom Cruise, born 1962, impressed by his fitness. According to Wikipedia he did many stunts by himself, including a scene standing outside of a flying Airbus A400M Atlas 5000 feet in the air without the use of stunt double (wikipedia). Alec Baldwin convinced as a sly Western apparatchik. I enjoyed the performance of Simon McBurney and Sean Harris and Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and the rest of the cast did a solid job as well.

Watching "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" was really fun and I am looking forward to No. 6 of the series which is apparently already in pre-production.

1 comment:

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