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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May 042015
 

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Mission Impossible – films that felt so familiar, but films it turns out, I hardly remembered them at all. I’ve watched the first three films in the series at least twice each, and yet I couldn’t recall with detail, the plot of any of them if you asked. I think it’s the genre elements which are easy to latch onto, but the specifics of theses films, not so much. For the first time in at least 8 years, I rewatched the first 3 films in the series. Thoughts and **spoilers** after the jump.

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Mar 232015
 

The fifth Mission Impossible film has a name and a teaser trailer. Tom Cruise would like you to all know that he still has abs – I’m pretty sure it’s in his contract that he must be shirtless in at least on extended scene.

Jokes aside the film looks fun. I enjoy the high-octane action in this series and like Ethan’s sensibilities – he’s somewhere between the cockiness of Bond, and the down-to-earth seriousness of Bourne.

The [short] official synopsis for the film is as follows: “Ethan and 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.”

The film is set to be released in Australian cinemas on August 6, 2015.

Jun 022014
 

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In the midst of a rather uninspiring blockbuster season, Edge of Tomorrow would have to do something pretty special to stand out among the annual deluge of sequels, remakes/reboots, prequels and superhero flicks which we’ve all come to expect. But I’m here today to report some great news: Edge of Tomorrow really delivers as a deliriously fun blockbuster with heart that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the better for it. My review after the jump.
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