Rogue Nation set to reinvigorate the Mission: Impossible franchise

Review of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Directed by Christopher McQuarrieThe Mission: Impossible franchise has made it to its fifth installment. The IMF is disbanded and assimilated into the CIA, leaving Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) on his own as he tries to dismantle the Syndicate—a transnational terrorist organization intent on beating the IMF at its own game, but for the bad guys. Curveball after curveball, mysterious twist after mysterious twist, and yet Ethan finds a way to survive, b … [Read more...]

Edge of Tomorrow both numbs and entertains

Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug LimanEdge of Tomorrow is one of those films that does not have a single original element but manages to combines all of its tropes in a way that is nonetheless entertaining. In this case, the pieces are Groundhog Day (repeating day), Ender’s Game (humans vs. aliens), and the Halo video games (supersuits and cool weapons). At the center of this coward-to-manhood tale stand proven action star Tom Cruise and the oddly-cast but compelling Emily B … [Read more...]

“Oblivion” and Earth’s Horatius

Oblivion, directed by Joseph KosinskiThen out spake brave Horatius,The Captain of the Gate:"To every man upon this earthDeath cometh soon or late.And how can man die betterThan facing fearful odds,For the ashes of his fathers,And the temples of his gods?-From Thomas Babington Macaulay's Lays of Ancient RomeOblivion tells the story of Jack Harper (played with action hero aplomb by Tom Cruise), a "drone technician" two weeks from retirement in March 2077. An extended v … [Read more...]

Reaching for Justice

Review of Jack Reacher, Directed by Christopher McQuarrieBy COYLE NEALTom Cruise’s latest movie is both unfortunately and fortunately timed. It is unfortunately timed because of how it opens—with a sniper randomly shooting people in Pittsburgh. Suspect James Barr is quickly caught, and before being put in a coma by a brutal prison beating, he tells the authorities to “get Jack Reacher.” Jack Reacher  (Tom Cruise) promptly shows up, punches everyone in Pittsburgh, delivers a slew of one-li … [Read more...]