Mission Impossible Rogue Nation: Film Review

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How do you keep a franchise fresh? Not by doing half of what this film did.


Writer: Christopher McQuarrie Drew Pearce DirectorChristopher McQuarrieRuntime: 131m Cast

I showed this simply because it was exactly what was wrong with the start of both of these films. Films are much better when you don’t know what’s going to happen. When you have no idea what you’re about to see. If you get all of it in the trailer or in leaks or whatever, you don’t really have a reason to watch it. At the start of this thing, the editor decided (or the studio) to do a two minute montage of a lot of what you’re about to see. It ruins the film. Furthermore, the most daring stunt I think I’ve seen any one do that isn’t Jackie Chan, is right before the opening credits. Now this may have been to set the tone but, nothing you do as a director/actor, in any movie, will be as daring as having your key talent, hang off the side of a plane. With no green screen… No… Anything. That was actually Mr. Cruise. If you’re gonna do a stunt like that. Don’t open a film with that if nothing else is going to be as daring. That one scene is impressive when you factor in his role, and that he’s 50. Anything could have gone wrong. Thankfully it didn’t.

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Anyway. You know who this movie was missing. Paula Patton. I’m probably going to say that again.

The story was rather expected. But the intensity was is what kept the story on its edge. It definitely was missing something from M.I. 4… which was probably Paula Patton. But seriously, in M.I. 3 there was a villain who jxust hated Ethan Hunt and you secretly cheered him on for how relentless he was. I’m not saying he had to recreate that flair but it would’ve been nice to just have a villain to really see get taken down or out. Sean Harris’ overall villainy just seemed flat. So much so, that I don’t even believe he was the end game villain as his role intended. There was so much time spent on being accountable for the amount of damage the IMF cause(in the film), that the American political brass seemed more of a threat than Solomon Lane.

Le Sigh…

The film brought in a new group of talent that these films tend to. The lead female was very good at her role. If I didn’t know what I know, to see her  forthcoming deception, I would have thought her performance brilliant (another reason not to show scenes before its time). Nevertheless I saw past it and saw a decent performance and arguably one of the best female leads this series has seen. Definitely not the hottest… Hi Paula!

Tom Cruise was great. He did his usual running and yelling gig. I feel he’s reached the top of his limits within this character. I’d be lying if I didn’t say his age was revealed a few times in this. Not that it hurts him, but it’s just so much on the surface. Now, I’m not trying to witch hunt him out of a job, but I’d be totally ok if he said his wife or something had a kid and he trained him in the IMF as it’s all he knows. Then that said child carried on the franchise. I just think we all know he will stop at nothing to protect us. I will say having him doubted like that, both visually artistically, was a cool dynamic to add.

THE one thing about Tom Cruise, is that he runs. No one in film will have a better run than him. Not shooting it correctly is a tragedy. even though they have shots of him running, they often had it in the wrong angles. The best one he has is during the opening sequence. The under water scene was outstanding. I caught myself inching to the edge of my seat.

 

 

Go figure I didn’t like it, it was as obvious a movie as Iron Man 3 was.

 

 

Rating 4

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 6 out of 10,
  • Acting: 5 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? It’s cool in Imax but the bad taste in your mouth after wouldn’t justify paying to see it there.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Ant man: Film Review

Ant-Man_Poster-1Writer: Edgar WrightJoe CornishAdam McKayPaul Rudd, Drictor: Peyton ReedRuntime: 117m, Cast(<= link)
Who would have thought that Ant-man would be a star of any movie? Certainly not I.

I remember when Ant-Man (As Hank Pym) had his own group of “Avengers” back in the fox kids days… needless to say, it was a terrible show. Fast forward to present day and you have Scott Lang who probably is most famous for blowing up Avengers Mansion Thanks to Scarlet Witch not getting her way… oh yea. SPOILER ALERT. (note: it was in the comics and will probably never actually happen on the big screen – Avengers Disassembled arc)

But I’m drifting. A lot of what you saw in the trailers, the leaked and official images and TV spots are what you end up with in the final product. Which, turns out to be both a blessing and a curse. It’s great cause you know what to expect and then it’s just bad for the lack of surprises. Maybe I’ve been around long enough but everything that happened was pretty much expected minus a certain winged cameo. The story was fairly easy to follow. I think of any marvel film to date, this is the easiest one to get at face value, while not having a comic book friend sit beside you and explain anything. They didn’t really get in to the science of the suit either. It was a fly by that really just felt like some person yelling in the back screaming the obvious. Something to the tune of: “It shrinks, let’s move along already.” This Marvel film was more interested in being a better movie more than it wanted to be a great comic book movie (but don’t think it to be more than a comic book movie, it won’t win anything more than like an MTV movie award). That said it played more heavily to the kids at heart as it did this in the right age of being a kid.

Paul Rudd is one of those actors where you either love him or you can’t stand him. I’m always on the fence with his films but as of late, he’s been casted in fairly decent films. Comedic actors are proving to be better at this dramatic thing than some dramatic actors are (see Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Most of those actors are of a seasoned comedic background). When Rudd is having emotional moments, particularly with his daughter, it’s pretty clear how he feels and makes you want to root for him. I’m sure we’ve all been in a position of “I wanna do good for _____but this stupid thing is in my way“. It sucks but it’s our individual moral code and or our character facing a dilemma of such nature that make us question how far we are willing to go… that make for great stories. I love seeing dad’s get their due. Dad’s are the under valued, equally paramount parent who often get shitted on and overshadowed due to the growing number of bad ones. His performance isn’t ground breaking but it’s fairly memorable in its ambition. essentially, It felt too much like a Rudd movie as opposed to a character who to look like a hero in his daughters eyes. When he’s funny, however, it felt so organic to the medium and feel to these movies. Rather with what these movies have been missing with so much dark undertones. Mr. Rudd handled his lines so well, I wouldn’t be shocked if they came out and said most of it was improv. He’s a special talent and I’m glad he’s getting a major movie.

Hank Pym, which is the one I was hoping would have been the Ant-Man as he brings in a more interesting story as far as I’m concerned, is played by the great Michael Douglas. He too is a father of a little girl who I can only imagine is to spur up some contrasts to Scott’s character. He either played Hank with a lot of hidden agendas or the nature of the piece alluded to a bigger story for Hank in a potential sequel. He had spurts of anger which seemed so right to the character, given what he’s done in the comics. Given the age he was intended to play, I felt that it was a nice respectful performance from Douglas.

My personal favourite actor, in this, was Michael Peña. He was just fun to see. I can’t think of a movie I really dislike him in. He either has a great agent or a keen eye and understanding of his abilities, because he gets to be apart of some great films. His acting ability was more of a feat than it was artistic. His scenes arguably steal the show.

Corey  Stoll was goodt in this but I felt he was poorly directed. He very well could’ve been a great villain. It would have been nice to see him get really into it that way. His performance is Good. He isn’t afflicted in his talents on screen. I just wished it was a bit more intense and less like a high school dick head. Being the failed protégé has a considerable amount of weight in it. Someone you looked up to tossed you to the curb.. why? I can only wonder what the Game feels like after he was dropped from G-Unit. Spolier: when they said he was having negative effects from the Pym particles, I felt cheated. But it could be explained by the subtle acts we see in Hank during the film.

I wondered how up close ants would look on a giant screen. I always thought that his connection to ants would be the movies down fall. Ultimately, it wasn’t. They found a great way of not really showing them in great detail but more in a manner of seeing them pass by. I even learned a thing or two about ants which isn’t something you go in expecting. The best parts of the film are how detailed they got to showing you the world from a ants perspective, or rather one that small.

Even though the film felt rushed and I think it was the fastest filmed to date, it didn’t quite have the problems rushed films have. It’s still runs to be about 2 hours long but the pacing is consistent and fun.

Bottom line: Theres more to be desired, but what you get isn’t anything bad. It’s one of those lovable movies that can be watched by anyone and you will still have a satisfied audience. Great way to end Phase two on a high note.

Spoiler: the second post credit scene is a scene from Civil War so don’t look into it too much.

Best of phase two:
Captain America 2
Avengers 2
GOTG
Ant-Man
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Thor 2

Whats your list of Phase 2 films?

  • Overall rating of the movie: 6.8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 7.2 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Its not bad in Theatres, but I could of seen this at home and still enjoyed it…. sucks for people who want to watch it on their phone.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW