MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT MOVIE REVIEW

Mission: Impossible-Fallout is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin. The plot of the movie is Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.    This film is the first to have the previous director return and since Christopher McQuarrie made my favorite film in the series Rogue Nation I was excited to see what he could do with this film. This movie, in my opinion, has topped the last film and is now my favorite film in the series. Fallout is one of the best action movies I have ever seen.  When Ethan Hunt is doing things like leaping over buildings, jumping from airplanes or hanging from helicopters that is actually Tom Cruise doing that. A lot of other action movies would use CGI or stunt doubles. The action scenes are so intense because you know Cruise is doing it all himself so it means more. The helicopter sequence is so thrilling I didn’t want it to end. This is the sixth film and I am amazed that every time they come up with action scenes that top the previous films.    The story similar to the first is one where you need to pay attention to every detail. That could be a flaw for some, but I love that especially in a summer blockbuster where you can usually just turn your brain off.  The film doesn’t treat the audience like idiots and I appreciate that. Henry Cavill is great in the film he has a fight scene early on with Tom Cruise and it is brutal.  Simon Pegg is very entertaining. Rebecca Ferguson is terrific. Ving Rhames is fantastic once again.    5 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible-Fallout. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-ROGUE NATION MOVIE REVIEW

Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, and Alec Baldwin. The plot of the movie is Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate-an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.    This is my favorite in the series. The cast is great Tom Cruise still delivers as Ethan Hunt. He’s still willing to do a lot of the stunts himself especially that plane scene where he is strapped to a plane as it is taking off. Simon Pegg is still great as Benji he is not there just for comic relief he is a badass. Jeremy Renner is great as the character Brandt. Ving Rhames is back as Luther Stickell and I was glad to see he was in a lot more scenes this time. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are fantastic additions to the cast.    The action scenes are exciting especially the scene where Ethan Hunt is under water it’s tense, it’s thrilling and it’s one of the things I love about this series all the action scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. Another scene that I loved in this movie was this motorcycle chase thought Casablanca it’s well shot and very exciting.    5 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-GHOST PROTOCOL MOVIE REVIEW

Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is directed by Brad Bird and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton. The plot of the movie is The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear the organization’s name.    This movie was directed by Brad Bird who at the time had never directed a live-action movie before. He did a fantastic with this film for the most part.  The cinematography is gorgeous in this movie. The action scenes are filmed beautifully and thankful there was no shaky-cam this time. There are stunning wide shots of amazing stunt work.  This movie brings back the minor character Benjy played by Simon Pegg from the last movie and they fleshed out his role to have a bigger part in this film. He added so much humor to the film and he worked well with Tom Cruise. They also added Paula Patton and gave her a very good backstory and another great character. Another addition to the cast was Jeremy Renner he also has an interesting backstory that has direct connections to Ethan Hunt.   Something else I loved about this movie was this is the first movie where their spy gadgets don’t always work which adds to the tension.    My problems with this film are for the first 30 minutes there are some pacing problems it never got to the point where I was bored. Also, they made the really stupid decision to only have Ving Rhames pop up in a brief cameo. I don’t understand why he wasn’t in the movie more he is always one of the best parts of these movies.     After that first 30 minutes, the movie is amazing.  The scene where Ethan Hunt is climbing the building is extremely tense and my favorite scene in the series so far.    4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 MOVIE REVIEW

Mission: Impossible 3 is directed by J. J. Abrams and stars Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Laurence Fishburne. The plot of the movie is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.    This is such a fast-paced enjoyable movie with great direction for the most part. The aspect of Ethan Hunt now being retired and with him trying to protect his fiancee played by Michelle Monaghan and him having to go back on duty to not only save the IMF but also his friends and family. I found that a completely compelling and really intriguing reason to bring Ethan Hunt back into the force.   Phillip Seymour Hoffman played an excellent villain. His character is smart he is always a couple steps ahead.  Any scene with Hoffman and Cruise is so much fun to watch.  J. J. Abrams did a great job with most of this movie but, for a lot of the actions scenes, he did use shaky-cam. It never gets to a point where I couldn’t tell what was going on but, it was annoying. I don’t know why directors think shaky-cam is cool it is not.  Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell is back he has some of the funniest lines and is just as likable as he was in the first two movies.  Tom Cruise is great once again and this movie has one of my favorite stunts so far when he jumps from rooftop to rooftop.    4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible 3 I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 MOVIE REVIEW

Mission: Impossible 2 is directed by John Woo and stars Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Serbedzjia and Ving Rhames. The plot of the movie is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called “Chimera”.    This is considered by many to be a terrible movie, I disagree I enjoyed this film a lot.  Tom Cruise has said that he wanted a different director for each film in the series. That is a bit of an issue with this film. The first hour of the movie while I enjoyed it there are pacing problems, thankful it never gets to the point where the movie becomes boring and the second hour I fell more than makes up for it. This is a gorgeously shot movie there is tons of great cinematography, there is a lot of really good action and it’s all filmed and choreographed very well. Ethan Hunt is still a likable character and Tom Cruise does a fantastic job in this role.  Ving Rhames returns as the character Luther Strickell he was one of my favorite parts of the first movie. He was so funny and likable yet he was also a computer nerd. In this film, they removed almost all of his humor which was disappointing, but I still enjoyed the character.    The first action scene doesn’t happen until about an hour into the film. I do think they should have had some action in that first hour because like I mentioned before it does drag a little.  Once Ethan Hunt breaks into the bio site facility to destroy the remains of this virus the movie becomes very exciting and there is a lot of tension.   4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible 2. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE MOVIE REVIEW

Mission: Impossible is directed by Brian De Palma and stars Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vanessa Redgrave. The plot of the movie is an American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.    Before today I had never seen any of the Mission: Impossible films. With the sixth movie coming out soon I decided to finally watch them. This movie is a great start to the series I had a lot of fun watching it.  This movie was released in 1996 and at that time Tom Cruise was not known to be an action star. With this movie, he proved that he was an action star.  This movie focused a lot on building suspense and tension and that’s one of the things I love about this movie.  One of the things this movie had that benefits it is the fact that the exposition scenes are exciting. It was fun to hear the characters talk about the Mission and what they are going to do.    Brian De Palma did a fantastic job directing this film. He does a lot of really subtle things with the way he moves the camera and frames certain shots. For example in the opening scene with the team almost always the team is framed in a wide. We don’t get an obvious close-up to say who the hero is. Ethan Hunt has not yet proved himself.    Even though this movie came out in 1996 it still holds up extremely well except for one scene at the end.  The action scenes are all well crafted, it looked realistic and the pace never slows down.  Another thing I loved about this movie was how they portrayed Ethan Hunt. He’s a vulnerable hero. The scene where he meets with Kittridge in the restaurant you feel that his mind is starting to snap a little.  The plot can get complicated at times unless you are really paying attention, but I think that is great. I’m sick of movies where I can check out and not miss anything.    I also love the setup for the CIA scene. With both the way Tom Crusie explains it and the way Brian De Palma shows it. It sets it up as a truly impossible task and I was getting tense. The infiltration of the CIA is one of the most suspenseful scenes I have ever seen.   The one flaw I have with the film is towards the end with the train in the tunnel. This was the early days of CGI and you can clearly tell.   4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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SKYSCRAPER MOVIE REVIEW

Skyscraper is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and stars Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, and  Hannah Quinlivan. The plot of the movie is a father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper. The trailers for this movie made it look like it was a rip off of Die Hard.     I found this film to be awful. There is not a lot about this movie that feels original almost every action scene in this movie felt like it was taken from another film.  As is the case with anything he is in Dwayne Johnson is the most entertaining part of this film, but I have seen him do a lot better. His character is just a father who wants his family back and there isn’t much else to him.  This is a $125 million dollar movie and I don’t understand why that money was wasted on a movie that rips off about 10 movies that are much better.    Setting aside the originality complaint and just looking at this film nothing about this movie feels real whenever the characters are put in danger it never feels like they could die at any moment because you can clearly tell that they are on a green screen set.  As far as the villains go there are so many and they keep shifting. It starts out and one person is bad then he will turn out to be okay then the other guy is not so great and this continues.    Dwayne Johnson was the only reason why I kept watching this otherwise very forgettable film.  1 out of 5 stars for Skyscraper. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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