Aug 012015
 

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Tom Cruise is back as gifted IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the fifth film of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Rogue Nation. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, director of Jack Reacher), it is evident during the soaring prologue that this instalment is in professional hands. While the unnaturally complex narrative does take some absurd turns, the modestly stylish action sequences are brilliantly executed and the whole experience is a great deal of fun. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames reprise their roles from previous installments, and are joined by Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris. While Ghost Protocol’s threadbare plot moved fast and mostly serviced the amazing action set pieces, Rogue Nation has more espionage and deep-rooted political corruption. This is a much heftier film than its equally incredible predecessor, and I admire the fact that the franchise has continued to evolve and not just re-create the same formula on a larger scale.

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Dec 132013
 

“You set a crook to catch a crook. We put the big honey pot out there and all the flies came to us”. This was said by Mel Weinberg in 1981. Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld whom is entirely based on Mel, and the above statement is expanded and elaborated on as the plot of American Hustle. However, it’s the moment you see Irving taking more than five minutes to put a wig on that we realise very few crooks will be harmed in the telling of this story. My review after the jump.

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