THROWBACK: One year ago today the teaser for Ready Player One was released at SDCC presented by Steven, Ernie, Tye, Olivia, T.J., Ben and Zak!
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THROWBACK REVIEW: ‘Mission, Impossible: Rogue Nation’ starring Tom Cruise & Rebecca Ferguson
We’ve officially reached the end of the line until ‘Fallout’ releases this Friday, and what a fitting end of the line it is! Not only is ‘Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation’ my favorite film in the series thus far — managing to encapsulate EVERY element that has made these movies so great — but it is also a remarkable action-adventure film in its own right, featuring a tight script and memorable action set pieces. For starters, ‘Rogue Nation’ IS the best of each prior film: the thrilling espionage of the first; let’s skip 2; the character building and villain seen in 3; and the incredibly choreographed action of 4. Besides the unsurprisingly explosive action — including a stunning sequence on the outside of an airplane, and a thrilling motorcycle/car chase through Morocco — we also get the most compelling story in the series to date. ‘Rogue Nation’ asks a lot of interesting questions about the practicality of the IMF and, at its core, about the practicality of its lead. Throughout the film, we’re asked to question Ethan Hunt’s ethics: Is this guy crazy, or is he really THAT good? Is he a master spy, or is he just lucky...? While I would have liked a more clear-cut answer to that question, I’m okay with the fact that by the end we’re left wondering exactly what makes this guy tick. The lone fact that a big budget action film even has us asking these questions is a testament to writer/director Christopher McQuarrie’s fast paced, exhilarating screenplay. We also get a cool new villain in the form of Sean Harris’ Solomon Lane, along with the addition of the EXCELLENT Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust. While Lane isn’t quite as memorable as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Owen Davian, he does have a purpose, and Harris plays Lane as suitably evil and over the top. Ferguson, on the other hand, gives the proceedings a much needed boost of energy in the form of a legitimate equal to Ethan who is as badass as she is gorgeous.
OVERALL: ‘Rogue Nation’ is the best in the franchise, blending the best elements from the previous four into what is the ideal ‘Mission: Impossible’ film.