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Mission: Impossible -Fallout – Review

In what is hailed as the final film in the Mission Impossible franchise, Fallout once again sees Tom Cruise as Agent Ethan Hunt. With his past coming back to haunt him, it is up to Hunt and his team to stop a global catastrophe.

Cruise returns alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, and Angela Bassett. The film also introduces new characters played by Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby. With multiple locations, cool gadgets, and show-stopping action, Fallout will satisfy fans of the series. Yet the films unoriginality and extended running time will turn off new audiences to the franchise.

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Agent Ethan Hunt and his team is once again called upon to locate missing weapons. When the mission fails, Hunt must go under the radar to complete his mission. But his tactics make his own agency question his loyalty. Against the clock, Hunt must relocate the weapons and stop an attack, all whilst facing old and new enemies.

This outing is once again directed by screenwriter turned director, Christopher McQuarrie. After directing Rogue Nation, he returned to direct what should be the final instalment in the franchise.

The set-up here is much the same. Something happen then Ethan and his team are called upon to fix things. We get straight into the plot and action with a dramatic opening sequence and establishing a backstory. It moves along at a fast pace but even for this series, the action scenes do feel excessive.

Fallout maintains many of the tropes of the series. The double crosses and narrative flips are still used. Yet at this point you can see them coming a mile off. The story and its twists are predictable and have lost the edge they had in the first outings.

Yet the action is, as expected in this franchise, amazing to watch. Car chases, bike chases, rooftop runs, and more take up the majority of the two and a half hour running time. One particular fight scene in bathroom stands out as an impressive sequence.

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Cruise takes his sixth outing with the same action orientation as before. He runs, jumps, and fully embraces the action side of the character. Sadly, not much character development happens but Cruise is always watchable. And, my god, can that man run.

Henry Cavill plays new agent August Walker in much the same way he plays Superman – great to look at but thoroughly boring. He lacks charisma as an actor and this role does nothing to broaden his range. Simon Pegg is once again the comedic touch to the film. He acts as the nervous and logical member of the team with great one-liners.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is action packed with thrills to spare. Yet the final instalment is drawn out and overdone, repeating all the previous outings tricks.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now! 

The Best of…Tom Cruise

I know what you’re thinking: How can anyone sluice down over forty decades of over fifty films into a compact five movie list? True, the dazzling white teethed Cruise has been the epitome of Hollywood stardom for years and years, producing countless amounts of movies, and running in a hell of a lot of them.

I also know what you are thinking: Here we go, another list of Rain Man, Top Gun, and Days of Thunder. But that is where you are WRONG! Because in celebration of the release of yet another Mission: Impossible film, we’re going to try an attempt a list of different movies that may not initially spring to mind when you think of Cruise.

But then again…if you are film lover, this may be the movies you spring to anyway…

Collateral (2004)

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White-haired and stoic, Tom Cruise took the role of Vincent, a hired hitman who uses a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx) to cart him around, committing his killings. Cruise had rarely been a villain in films (more on that later) and his turn as the brutal, and coldly cool killer that has no qualms bringing in an innocent driver into the fold. It’s a chilling performance set against the seedy backdrop of Los Angeles.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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One of Kubrick’s last films and such a brilliant drama film. The movie follows Dr Bill Harford as he embarks on an erotic and sexual night-long adventure after he finds out his wife is having an affair. Pairing Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise together, the film is an intense and layered movie about humans and their relations to love and sex. The performances are intricate against a beautiful backdrop and an alluring story. It is definitely one of the best films that Cruise has ever done.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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While it may be a joke that Cruise has become Hollywood’s running man lately, there is something genuinely enjoyable about his work in Edge of Tomorrow. Why? Because his character sucks. Not in a “it’s a bad character,” but in the sense that he’s a character who has no idea what he is doing. Playing public relations officer in a war against aliens, trapped in a time-loop dying over and over again, Cruise’s performance is about having to survive and figure out why he is caught up in this. All with the help of the ultimate heroine…Emily Blunt.

Magnolia (1999)

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Paul Thomas Anderson is one of our greatest filmmakers. He is able to move audiences with intense art and craft some impossibly brilliant movies. From Boogie Nights to Phantom Thread, his work are masterpieces and any actor who happens to be a part of them. Earning Cruise an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Cruise played a misogynistic public speaker tackling his issues with his estranged father. In a nuanced performance, Cruise reminded us of what a spectacular character actor he could be.

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

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On a personal note, this is my ultimate favourite Tom Cruise performance. Taking on Anne Rice’s infamous and dark vampire Lestat, Cruise transformed himself to a blood addicted animal all with the camp air of 1791. In our cinematic world where the actor has turned into a one note action-star playing pretty much the same character, it’s intriguing to see him play the beguiling vampire that attracts people into his murderous frenzy.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout is out in cinemas today! 

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Premiere

by Amon Warmann

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the high-octane and beautiful action film from Christopher McQuarrie which sees Ethan Hunt and the IMF team face their biggest challenge yet as an old foe resurfaces…

We caught up with some of the cast at the recent UK premiere to quiz them about stunts, backstory, and much more. Have a read below:

Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt)


To what degree are we seeing a performance, and to what degree is the camera just capturing your instinctive reaction to things?

“You’re probably better equipped to answer that than me! It’s interesting doing stunts like that because it is a performance on my behalf. I want to create that reaction in the audience. I want to invest you in this movie where you’re not just watching it, you’re experiencing it. That has always been my goal in every film I’ve done. We’re always thinking about where we can put the camera that’s really going to give you that experience.”

You managed to smash up your ankle making this film…
“I know… That slowed me down for about six weeks. When we were back shooting I was sprinting in a few weeks, but it was still broken and I couldn’t get it to stop hurting. Every step I took was like “ow, ow, ow…” But we got it!”

Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn)

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Benji does about three movies worth of wearing face masks in this movie. How did it feel to finally scratch that itch?
“It feels great. In Ghost Protocol the mask machine broke so Benji couldn’t wear one. In Rogue Nation you see a hypothetical moment where Benji takes the mask off and it doesn’t happen in reality. I don’t wanna give away any spoilers but if and when Benji does wear a mask it’d be extraordinarily fun.”

Tom Cruise learnt how to drive a helicopter for this movie. What’s the coolest skill you’ve learned in your time making these movies?
“I learnt to drive a twin engine speedboat which was great fun and I do it in the movie and I got to do it up and down the River Seine in Paris and through the Canals. That was a great skill to acquire. I learnt how to use a rebreather which is an underwater device. It’s different to scuba but it’s stealthier, there’s no bubbles. Every time I get a Mission: Impossible script I think what am I going to learn, where am I gonna go… this one was no exception.”

There’s a lot of twists and turns in this movie, and that’s when we’re watching it in the right order. You shoot the sequences out of order… how tricky is it to follow what’s going on?
“I had no idea what was going on! [laughs] None whatsoever. I had to constantly ask Chris McQuarrie what was happening. But it works for some reason, and it turned out pretty good.”

Frederick Schmidt (Zola)

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How much backstory did you create for your character for this film?
“Funnily enough, me and Vanessa [Kirby] had met before. We were due to do a film together many years ago and it just never transpired for one reason or another, so it’s funny that we have somehow become brother and sister in this. But we sat down before this to just really get to know each other and build that trust, and part of that was just building a backstory. And yet, when we presented it to Chris [McQuarrie], he said so much is going to change throughout the shooting process so try not to be too rigid in what you’re doing. And it really was an exercise in flexibility. Often you’d turn up and what you were due to shoot that day has just been completely rewritten or they’d rewrite it on the day.”

Jake Meyers (Producer)

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Would you bring Chris McQuarrie back for a third Mission: Impossible?
“I think you’d have to ask Chris that question! There’s a lot of benefits to it. The idea of having a different director every time is for a different style to be introduced to the franchise. Chris wanted to shoot this film as if another person had directed it. So much of the stuff that I and Chris and Tom learned in making the last film goes into this movie. So it does help to have that experience.”

What sorts of conversations did you and Chris first have about MI6 when it comes to topping the last one?
“We scratched our heads a lot. There was a lot of “how are we going to do that?” There was some crying [laughs]… We were so worried about it that we did too much. There was a point where we wanted to add something to a scene and of course it was a giant action sequence, and we started putting more stunts in. One of the things that happened in Fallout was that we had a giant set piece immediately followed by giant set piece, and they almost blend together. They’re not spaced out as much. It creates a very tense and serious action run that goes for long periods of the film. I hope we’ve topped the previous one. I think they’re all different.”

Could we see an Ilsa Faust spin-off movie?
“Personally yes, but I can’t speak for everyone else. She’s a great character. She kicks butt. I don’t know if Mission will expand its universe in that way but I know people would love to see more of her.”


Mission: Impossible – Fallout is out in UK cinemas on July 25.

American Made – Brand New Trailer!

The phrase “Based on a True Story” is thrown around far too often these days. So much so, that we now need to add extra adjectives such as “incredible” or “unbelievable” just to keep the audience entertained.

Suffice to say, it begs the question “Can we not just cool it with the dramatic adaptations for a little while?”

The latest “true story” to spew from Hollywood’s gaping maw is American Made, telling the story of Barry Seal, a pilot who gets recruited by the CIA to start running drugs, guns and other questionably legal items to various countries where the USA doesn’t want to be seen making deals.

Honestly, when you look at the trailers, this film would work a lot better just pretending to be an act of fiction. Because it seems pretty darn entertaining!


American Made is out September! 

The Mummy – Brand New Trailer!

If ever there were a movie that needed a reboot, The Mummy would probably be somewhere low down the list. However, this being Hollywood, it should come as no surprise that this is exactly what has been done, further committing us to a future where originality is crushed under the heel of bland, repetition.

It should come as no surprise that this trailer is the most tediously banal thing I have seen in a while. Absolutely everything that appears within those two and a half minutes, which cannot be reclaimed, is little more than a series of shots that could describe half a dozen other films, along with what look to be bland, one dimensional characters.

Even the titular Mummy doesn’t appear to have any characterisation at the moment, merely having two short shots of random explosions happening behind her as she screams at the camera.

If this is Universal’s attempt at creating a shared universe, like that of Marvel and DC, they might want to consider going back to the drawing board and starting again from scratch…


The Mummy is out next summer.

Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders talk Jack Reacher at Never Go Back Premiere

The grey skies wane over Leicester Square as a chill catches the air, sending shivers down your spine. Within a boxed off area, a select few are privy an unfurled red carpet as slight smoke catches the air and the greatest movie star, Tom Cruise, walks the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back premiere.

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For a man who has spent three decades at the height of popular film culture arrives half an hour before his co-stars appear. The illusion is that he’d want the red carpet to himself, but really, it’s so he can meet every single fan who has been wailing his name since 7am this morning. Though the blistering dance music thuds away as the daytime twists into night, Cruise, Cobie Smulders, and the rest of the Jack Reacher cast and crew are in high spirits about the latest action movie release.

““It’s the character,” says Cruise as We Make Movies on Weekends asked him what makes the character so likeable to audiences. The popular hero based on a series of novels by Lee Child sees Cruise re-take the titular role and join forces with Major Susan Turner, accused of espionage. With a chiselled white smile, and a dazzling personality, he cheerily answers about Reacher’s popularity:  “The plots are just conceived to a point where you can only see this character in it. And I think that kinda makes things. What we were able to do with him meant we could challenge him emotionally and physically.  It’s an entertaining character and he does outrageous things.”

Speaking of challenges emotionally, despite performing in countless action films, he admits the fighting was more intense. “There were a few bruises and bumps with this one. When you are doing fights like these, no matter how hard you train, it’s always challenging. The guys who I did it with are very, very skilled and  you gotta go hard with them. Reacher has a unique fighting style that I love, it’s really fun to play – quite abruptly brutal and very entertaining.”

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Opposite him as Major Susan Turner is Cobie Smulders who shot to fame in the Avengers Series and television show How I Met Your Mother (Note: I’d also watch indie flick Results because she is stellar in it.) Here she plays a sparring character who is able to trade blows alongside Jack Reacher as a tough, capable woman. Tonight, donned in all white, Cobie is down to earth and jokey with the excitable press. Talking of Turner, Cobie states: “She’s a really great character and a woman who has gone through a lot very capable very strong, she and Jack Reacher become sort of comrades. And the goal for them is to find these people who actually committed the crime that she was charged for.”

The film is made up of three components: Smulders, Cruise, and young actress Danika Yarosh. Cobie enthuses that the relationship was great between all three: “There were a lot of days where it was just the three of us. We all got along very well. It was good.”

Smiling cheerily in the chill (she’s Canadian so this is really like summer for her,) Cobie reminisces on her favourite moments saying: “We shot this film in New Orleans. It was an amazing town and we were filming this Halloween sequence. It was really intense.”

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That third component, Danika Yarosh is the most elevated her, despite having an already lengthy career at a young age of 18. For a young actress, playing alongside heavyweight Cruise must’ve been something of a triumph. “He’s so kind and so down to earth,” he speaks of the Academy Award winner. “It’s so refreshing, he is so passionate about what he’s doing. Every actor I’ve worked with has a despondency, and he really loves his work.”

Her character and, for some, the actress, there is a lot of mystery about her involvement in  Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Danika explains: “Turner, Reacher and she (character Samantha Dayton) are on this journey to discovery and to find out what is really happening. Sam is closeted and thrown around the country her life and very independent and very head strong and confident and she’s kind of a lot like Reacher. She’s too mature for her age and used to being alone. There is a weird dynamic between her, Reacher, and Turner and they are head-butting a lot but they rely on each other and it’s so cool to play this turning relationship”

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Director Edward Zwick is keen to make sure that Danika and Cobie are strong characters within the Jack Reacher canon. “I love working with strong actors of all kinds. Three strong characters bouncing off each other in very tight situations.”

But at the hub, of course, is the epitomes Reacher and Zwick is glad to have Tom Cruise on board. “It’s his intensity (Tom.) The character is a man who cannot be stopped and that’s where you’ll find Tom too.”

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Producer Don Granger concurs that all in Cruise that Reacher develops: “It’s a kick ass actor and Cruise is always working.” Granger later says about the character: “The essence of Jack Reacher is very simple. He is the cowboy who comes off the range on his horse to bring justice for a small down. He’s a knight in shining armour from the middle ages, there’s something incredibly alluring about that solitary character.”

But there isn’t a lack of praise of Smulders as Granger points out: “I’ve been a fan of her for years. My kids actually got me watching How I Met Your Mother. In the show, she excudes intelligence and a very strong women. In the Marvel movies, she played another strong woman and I knew there was no other choice [for the role].”

“From a storytellers point of few, it was Cobie – the whole movie depended on her. She was good and therefore the movie was good,” says Lee Child, the author of the Jack Reacher novels and creator of this world. Praising Smulders, he also has a kind word for Donika, “She has a future ahead, people are going to go away thinking she’ll be a huge star.”

As the glorious and gorgeous stars are whipped into the warmth of the cinema, there is one question on our minds: Do you think we’ll ever go back to Jack Reacher after tonight’s premiere?

Well, we’ll certainly Cruise onto the next film – that’s for sure.

(Author’s Note: Here’s a little video of Tom Cruise that was cut off when I got over excited.)


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is out in cinemas now!