By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie.
Written by: Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie and Bruce Geller.
Genre: Action, thriller.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers).
Starring: Tom Cruise (as Ethan Hunt), Rebecca Ferguson (as Ilsa Faust), Jeremy Renner (as William Brandt), Simon Pegg (as Benji), Alec Baldwin (as Alan Hunley) and Ving Rhames (as Luther Strickell).
Running Time: 132 minutes.
For those who are very young, let me use the first paragraph to tell them that the Mission: Impossible you see these days starring Tom Cruise is only possible because it is an acceptable remake of something that was really great: Mission: Impossible, the original TV series from 1966 to 1973. Ask your father or your grandfather about it, and you will see how memories that are very dear to him come flooding back, feelings of sadness mixed with pleasure when he thinks of those happy times in the past in front of the TV. He will remember Dan Briggs (played by Steven Hill) or Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) receiving instructions on a recording that, seconds later, would self-destruct. He will probably hum the melody of the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin. And he will tell you: “It was the most intricate and fascinating thriller TV series ever!
It is a good idea for directors to make a movie based on a TV series because it is impossible for adults not to feel nostalgic and young people can also have a glimpse of how good movies and TV series were when they were artistic work rather than commercial products. But they usually throw it all away when they come up a couple years later with another version, part 2, 3, 4, etc. that always undermines the value of the first one: A film survives the test of time for its aspect of authenticity, and that’s why movies, in my opinion, should not have a second or third script. But here we have Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his group again: Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, and again we see Ethan hanging from a ceiling on a cable or rope, climbing and doing many other things to dismantle the Syndicate, an international organization with highly skilled members committed to perpetrating crimes and massacre here and there.
This movie is not a fiasco. Actually, it has some funny and interesting moments as when two snipers, located in different positions, are trying to kill an important politician. Ethan cannot shoot at them simultaneously and does not have time to prevent them from shooting, and then he really came up with a smart solution… (No more details, so that you can enjoy it). The way Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) stopped Ethan when he was chasing her on a motorcycle is also good. But then you see another mask-rip and I became so familiar to this scene that the only thing I can say is… here they go again! Besides, the way Ethan uses to enter “hermetic” places is more and more ludicrous. After portraying the access to a building as something incredible and almost impossible, our hero comes from the sky and…. breaks a window!
Without Rebecca Ferguson, this movie would have dropped considerably. Tom Cruise is not great, but a good actor. However, if he anchors himself with his role in Mission: Impossible, it means he is done as an actor and tries to revive his career every certain time with these repetitive stories. He can do it better, and that’s why he should stop with his role in Mission: Impossible and look for new options. He can do that. After all, it is possible.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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