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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cine Beaverhausen: Mission Impossible ~ Rogue Nation & Trainwreck

Viewing the fifth Mission Impossible movie and Amy Schumer's Trainwreck back-to-back tonight was virtually a study of what's wrong at the movies today (outside of the price of popcorn).

Trainwreck is sophomoric and silly with no particular cinematic style as directed by Judd Apatow. It's like a tv skit that goes on for what feels like forever, even though it's just under 90 minutes.

Pretty much a by-the-numbers modern comedy, the film is well titled as it crashes early on. It's indulgent and, unfortunately, a rather knee-jerk sort of film. Worst of all, it's just not funny.

Tom Cruise is no James Bond, as proven by Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth in a rather dreary chain of action flicks. Watch tv reruns of the classic '60s series rather than go to the movie theater for this reboot. With all its pyrotechnics, it made me yearn for the simple cleverness of the original Impossible Mission team. I also enjoyed the series as a great ensemble show; not a star vehicle.

This script has Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt character going rogue after the CIA Chief, Alec Baldwin, convinces the US Senate to disband the Impossible Mission Force. Cruise goes after a group known as the Syndicate (a poor man's SPECTRE), up to no good and supporting the rogue nation of the title.

Cruise did many of his own stunts, which is impressive. Basically, that's the only thing in this film that I found notable. My conclusion on the state of many films today is that, while elaborately produced or even strongly directed, they are not well written. Good movies start with good scripts. As true today as it was yesteryear.

1 comment:

  1. IMHO-These days it's all form/no substance. Sad, sad, sad.