Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Impossible Missions Force.
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Christopher McQuarrie has long-proven himself a demonically clever screenwriter. Here his sophistication is deployed in the direction of knowing (knowingly) that he has to deliver something silly. Well, he overreaches. As a director? The word "workmanlike" was practically invented for this sort of thing. I will say: not many directors are comfortable allowing Tom Cruise to look like this big of an imbecile.
Tom Cruise's real skill has always been in producing - he knows how to pick a crowd-pleaser, and skillfully casts exactly who he wants to work with. This is fine popcorn fare, but I wonder how successfully it would have carried without Rebecca Ferguson, the hands-down star of the film, who smoulders across the screen like Ingrid Bergman and Katherine Hepburn.
The best one yet. Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise. McQuarrie's script is solid and his direction is ace. The supporting cast is great and Rebecca Ferguson is fine as hell, both as an actress and in looks. The best action film of the summer aside from Mad Max, which it is similar to in its eschewing of the standard obligatory romance that are shoehorned in action films. Kind of revolutionary in a way, at least for Hollywood.
It seems impossible but this franchensing is, beyond the "Aliens", what more consistently appeared in the manufacturing system of special effects made in Hollywood. Like the previous one, directed by Brad Bird, the geographical spaces merge with its computerized inventory to produce a consistent synthesis of editing and scriptwriting. Just returned from Vienna, it's good to revisit it as i could not have seen it.
Whenever I see him in an action film like this, I picture him training for each stunt. The movie becomes a series of well executed stunts with a little dialogue thrown in. The whole revenge thing at the end was a little much. If you liked the TV show it was about teamwork. This is pretty much a one man show with assistants. Tom is not a team player.
No artistic value at all but I enjoyed seeing it at my local theatre and I certainly will have the same pleasure watching it again on DVD. You simply have to watch such movies from time to time because to see ten masterpieces in a row is generally tiring. Recommended.
McQuarrie brings his 'Jack Reacher' sensibilities into franchise territory. Cruise's stunts are as awe-inducing as ever, Ferguson is a convincing femme fatale, but Pegg is underused in a fairly intelligent if perfunctory action thriller. In a post-Bourne era, it's a decent film that can't quite lift itself out of the conventions of its genre. Competent nonetheless.
MI5's saving grace is that it moves too fast to ever bother you: before you can wonder where the defibrillator came from, you get cameras mounted on motorcycles(!). This may be the most schizoid MI yet, like the previous ones were tossed in a blender and shotgunned through a tube while Tom's agents verified that he always looked heroic enough. But I'll take it. Bonus points for a good setpiece lifted from Hitchcock.