Here’s me on BBC Guernsey with Oliver Guillou reviewing August 2015 releases and looking forward to September.
Films being reviewed; Fantastic Four (2015), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), The Man from Uncle (2015), Hard to Be a God (2013), Southpaw (2015), Trainwreck (2015), Pixels (2015), Videodrome (1983)… and I’m still banging on about about Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Starts at 02:09. Originally broadcast on 29.08.15.
You have to stop understanding! Stop understanding what you are saying! Stop understanding and listen to me!
As summer action movies go the 5th instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise is a fun couple of hours in the cinema. From the spectacular, vertiginous opening set-piece, which almost equals the Burj Khalifa climb from the previous film, to a finale which pays of some well placed character beats, the film hits all the notes that you would expect from Cruise’s ongoing answer to Bond. Like the rest of the series it’s also a fully formed whole with new villains and the actors effectively playing themselves (if you’ve seen Simon Pegg before then you know Benji and don’t need to catch up on the other movies etc) with some well placed humour at their expense (Cruise’s height is well used).
Its also all pretty much replaceable and nothing really seems intrinsic to the film. Many of the stunts could easily be swapped out with something from the previous films… apart from the first movie because that was something special and during a magnificent Opera based sequence, meticulously set up and executed, it’s De Palma’s daring flourish and skewered reality that’s missing.
But I’m moaning about something being great fun rather than spectacular.