IMF agent Ethan Hunt has been sent on a mission to retrieve and destroy the supply of a genetically created disease called ‘Chimera’. His mission is made impossible due to the fact that he is not the only person after samples of the disease.
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Against all odds, I find that this film has aged remarkably well. Mostly due to John Woo's direction but also to the fact that nobody makes action movies like this anymore: our distinctly feminine hero gazing into the camera like a lover's eyes, his hair tousled by the wind as the camera swirls around him in slow motion ecstasy. Meanwhile, some poor bastard henchmen are about to be crushed by a semi-truck.
the-slow-mo to the- spanish-guitar is a master mix. john woo proves his one-n-only-cinematic-style of editing. he also makes tom to play role more like the eyes-wide-shut-tom than the the boys-having-fun-tom, amazing.
THis movie is pure visual spectacle, which I am down for, but sometimes it feels like a bit much. I found myself rolling my eyes while the two leads looked at each other in slow motion as the over dramatic music. I did really like Newton in this movie, not only was she gorgeous, but she seemed rather strong, able to hold herself well along Cruise. It's a high octane popcorn flick that I enjoyed.
If you prefer to show Tom Cruise climbing cliffs and car-chasing and making love for the first 30 minutes of a spy film, I think you've got it wrong! There's no interesting plot, no interesting characterization, and Woo's visual characteristics - i.e. white pigeons in action scenes that I remember from Face/Off - are out of place, and therefore, they backfire.
Action films 101 how has this only got 2.1 on this site? one of the great motorized chases--aerobatic feats--masks at every turn(no real spoiler it's obvious)--kind of a worrying love triangle dynamic that wasn't really addressed re the 4 I can't see what I'm typing anymore and I wonder if only my followers would be reading this and if so hey