Tom Cruise Hangs On For Dear Life To His 'Mission' To Save The Movies

Tom Cruise Hangs On For Dear Life To His 'Mission' To Save The Movies
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Tom Cruise performs his own stunts again in Mission: Impossible: The Deadly Wages , Part One. Paramount Pictures and Skydance hide the caption

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For some time now, Tom Cruise has been involved in what appears to be the only rescue mission ever put on film. In 2020, when Mission: Impossible: The Wage of Death Part One was filming in the UK, Cruise was filmed shouting at crew members for breaking COVID-19 lockdown protocols, all but signaling that the future of the industry resting on his shoulders. Earlier this year, Steven Spielberg publicly praised Cruise for saving Hollywood with the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick .

Now, with the box office still trying to match pre-pandemic levels, Cruise has become something of an advocate for the theater experience, encouraging audiences to buy tickets not just for his movie, but for other big ones as well. summer movies. like Barbie and Oppenheimer . . .

Cruise's desire to preserve film goes hand in hand with his self-proclaimed reputation as Hollywood's last big star. In this seventh Mission: Impossible film, the 61-year-old actor-producer continues to risk his life for our viewing pleasure, performing his incredible stunts in action scenes that use minimal CGI. We then see Cruise's Ethan Hunt, a Mission Impossible team or IMF agent, racing through the streets of Rome in a small yellow Fiat, crashing his motorbike into a cliff and fighting back with all his might in the most amazing order. after the fatal train accident.

The plot connecting these series is obviously ridiculous, but simple enough to understand. In a particularly timely twist, this time the main villain is an artificial intelligence, a trusting technological being called The Entity. It is an invisible threat everywhere and nowhere; It can destroy data systems, control the flow of information and bring nations to their knees.

Hunt and his IMF team are determined to destroy the entity before it becomes too powerful or falls into the wrong hands. But his former boss, Eugene Kittridge, played by the sinister Henry Czerny, warns Hunt to submit to the US government, which wants to control the entity and the coming New World Order.

Surprisingly, this is the first time we've seen Kittridge since Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible , the first and, in my opinion, still the best film in the series. However, director/co-writer Christopher McQuarrie has done great work on the more recent movies: Rogue Nation , Fallout , and now Dead Reckoning Part One .

It seems to pay homage to the 1996 original here, even recalling the gruesome opening scene in which Hunt watched helplessly as his IMF teammates were slaughtered one by one. This trauma was formative; This explains why Hunt continues to risk his life for his friends, movie after movie.

If you follow the show, you'll recognize these friends here, including Hunt's colleagues, played by Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson. You might also think of Vanessa Kirby, who reprized her Fallout role as a ruthless arms dealer and gave arguably the movie's best performance in one episode. There are also some interesting new characters, including a sly thief, well played by Hayley Atwell, who engages Hunt in a long game of cat and mouse. Pom Klementieff steals a few scenes as a mysterious assassin, as does Esai Morales as a terrifying enemy from Hunt's past.

There are many characters, shenanigans, chases, fights, escapes and explosions to watch out for. But even if the duration is more than two and a half hours - and this is only the first part - the film never loses its charm. Primarily a screenwriter, McQuarrie develops the story beautifully, building and easing the tension at frequent intervals.

Compared to the bombastic visuals of most Hollywood films , The Wages of Death Part One feels like a marvel of old-fashioned craftsmanship, only with more sophisticated technology. Even Hunt displays his diabolical ferocity with astonishing ease and grace, spending most of the film's third act on the sidelines and even pulling off some of his more audacious antics for fun. It's not that the actor doesn't take his mission seriously. I don't know if Tom Cruise can save movies, but somehow I never tire of watching him try.

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