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Going Rogue With Tom

It was movie franchise marathon night when Emily and I decided to go to the drive-in. Although it’s a little late now, I thought I’d give my thoughts on two summer flicks that might cleanse your palate if you mistakenly stumbled into a showing of Fantastic Four.

Whether a movie is good is both personal and relative, of course. I’m easily entertained and, at least when it comes to Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, had low expectations. Truth is, I considered skipping the latest Tom Cruise charm-fest, having mistakenly thought it was the second feature. It wasn’t.

I’d seen only the first Mission: Impossible movie, along with bits and pieces of the second one. Honestly, I remember it as being very loud, with more scene cuts than an MTV video directed by a coke addict. In the early James Bond movies, it took five minutes for a car to go down the road (but with that great guitar riff!) These days, in that same five minutes Tom Cruise kills off an army, takes down a third world government, gets the girl, and still has time for three breaks with his hair stylist.

None of that changes with Rogue Nation, so maybe I’m just getting used to it—because I really enjoyed this movie. It had a great cast and action sequences, and lots of humor, which can make or break a movie for me (and in this case certainly made it). The plot? Um … something to do with Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Missions Force taking on one of those evil organizations bent on controlling the world. And there’s a woman.

Many people refuse to watch a movie starring the not-always-there Cruise. Me, I despise Alec Baldwin, who plays the Director of the CIA here. But I can separate my feelings about a person from their product, and that’s good, because there are plenty of reprehensible people in Hollywood. Overall I liked this movie, and I have to add: Cruise hanging on the side of an aircraft 5,000 feet in the air, without a stunt double, may prove he’s crazy—but it was still cool.

Still, you have to wonder how Ethan Hunt’s team would handle contact with a Terminator … subject of drive-in night part 2.



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Aug. 11th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
I've heard little about this one. Sounds decent

I've heard plenty about how much FF4 sucks which disappoints me to no end. I love the FF4
Aug. 11th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
I feel the same way. As soon as I heard they were going for a "darker" tone, I knew they were screwing up. And really, the previous origin movie really wasn't all that bad.
Aug. 11th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
I agree.

I'm so over this 'darker tone' crap. I'm about ready to call it quits with all the SF shows for that reason
Aug. 12th, 2015 06:07 am (UTC)
Agreed--I miss shows like Firefly that can be serious, but still ... NOT serious. It's one of the things I love about most of the Marvel movies. The people making DC movies could take a lesson from that!
Aug. 12th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yes they could. DC is a huge offender of this. I was trying to watch SyFy Friday (since I missed having that) and Humans and Extant and all of them (except Killjoy) are unrelenting dark. I like dark but full on dystopic offerings are too much. I'm depressed enough. I don't need the help. Whedon knew this in Buffy, Butcher in Dresden Files etc. The levity helps
Aug. 13th, 2015 06:44 am (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
I've heard little about this one. Sounds decent

I've heard plenty about how much FF4 sucks which disappoints me to no end. I love the FF4
Aug. 11th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
I wish we had drive ins here. There are quite a few outdoor cinemas in London this time of year but you take a chance with the weather as it can often be cold and rainy! Do they still show the film at a drive in if it rains?

I must go and see MI this weekend.
Aug. 11th, 2015 08:30 am (UTC)
They still show the movie unless the rain is very hard -- can't really see it, then. Once it got so foggy that we couldn't see the screen, so there's another environmental hazard. Just the same, it's a lot of fun!
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