Sunday, August 23, 2015

#JustaQuickiePlease: Mission:Impossible-Rogue Nation Review

Director Christopher McQuarrie and; comeback story of the decade, actor Tom Cruise, join forces again to bring us this 4th installment of the TV reboot that now has become a cinematic cash cow or abused dead horse depending on your opinion of this latest outing.   I have to give McQuarrie some leeway here as there aren't too many new or creative directions to take this apparently immortal concept.  Although he voluntarily took the job and obscene paycheck, so any slack must be reduced by those indisputable facts.   However, I will give him kudos for trying to infuse this series with a contemporary Sherlock versus Moriarty look and feel to Hunt's conflict with villain Lane.   But that is where the reserved accolades end and the, please stop the insanity begins.  It is predictable, at some points stale, and way, way too long.  Also, any attempts at humor are just that, attempts at best with a total and inexcusable waste of Pegg's unique and biting wit.   Cruise gives us his best effort, but nothing, short of an impossibility, can make this series feel fresh and energized.  Yes, it has cool stunts, but they are overtly stereotypical for action fare.  Inundated with motorcycle battles traveling at ridiculous speeds, car chases and crashes that defy all the laws of physics, and injuries that would kill the Hulk but have no effect on a Scientologist, apparently.   But, in all fairness, the movie title deliberately excuses all logic, so if you don't leave reality at home, you have no one to blame but yourself for any disappointments.   And hey, good news, Alec Baldwin is still alive, so there's that.  2 out of 5 Kernels; money can't buy happiness, but it sure can keep crap floating; impossibly so!

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