Tom Cruise Would Do Mission: Impossible Until He’s 90: “They Will Be Throwing …

28 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Paramount’s Brilliant ‘Mission: Impossible’ Bait-And-Switch.

When the 53-year-old movie star attended the New York City premiere of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Monday, he admitted to E! To enhance his drop by, Cruise’s spirited Q & A with fans after a Rogue Nation Canadian premiere at Scotiabank Theatre was simulcast to 19 other Cineplex locations across Canada. And it was as heart-stopping to shoot as it is to watch. “The first time I showed her the plane stunt – I had cut footage and we went away for a weekend,” he said. “I took it [with me] and she was like, ‘Oh, Lordy.

At what age would Cruise consider saying goodbye to the film franchise, which began in the summer of 1996? “I’m thinking about 90, then I’ll cap it off. If you guessed that scene in the new Mission: Impossible movie where Tom Cruise hangs off the side of an airplane as it takes off, you’d be correct. The first four movies earned more than $2 billion US world-wide, and Rogue Nation is tracking well enough to continue the box-office momentum. “Mission is a series I know really well but it doesn’t make it any easier,” he said of Rogue Nation.

Those of us who still prize McQuarrie’s Oscar-winning script for “The Usual Suspects” know he likes to explain mysteries as he goes along, saving the big reveal for the final reel. That’s especially true “because there’s a tricky structure on this story.” In the special-effects-laden action flick, Cruise’s spy Ethan Hunt reunites with key team members; Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rames) who was absent in Ghost Protocol. He plays fair with the viewer, except for a ludicrous sequence at the Vienna State Opera. (“Turandot” goes blithely on, despite assassinations and audible hand-to-hand combat in the wings.) And he doesn’t turn this story into a star vehicle for Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, who shares the laurels with others. The action stunt has indeed been the focus of the film’s marketing campaign for the last several months, with as much emphasis offered via marketing materials as the Burj Khalifa sequence in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the train/helicopter chase in the original Mission: Impossible, and the climactic motorcycle chase in Mission: Impossible II.

Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson steals the picture as British agent Ilsa Faust, proving Hunt’s equal in cunning and combat and remaining an enigma up to the end. “M:I” veterans Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg all have significant supporting roles, and Alec Baldwin turns up as an MI-hating CIA boss forced to eat his harsh words. Is that you?’ ” His children, he says, are used to their father’s penchant for adventure in his films. “They’ve grown up with it their whole lives,” he says. “The whole family [has].” But with this stunt, he says, “I didn’t tell the family beforehand.

I fly aerobatics,” he said. “Whatever I can do to really put the audience in the scene with the character and in the movie, that’s what I want, so whatever it takes. I never did understand why villainous Solomon (Sean Harris) changed sides, or how he convinced so many agents to join him – money, I suppose, though I had no idea who supplied it when the government that hired him stopped footing the bills. That aside, I questioned nothing, enjoyed McQuarrie’s ingenuity in construction, smiled occasionally at the jokes and admired Ferguson’s performance as the most interesting femme fatale in the series. At this point, Cruise (a buff 53, showing a few crow’s feet but ideally cast) is playing an unconquerable superman, a megalomaniac willing to risk the lives of countless people because he believes in his own infallibility.

Baldwin’s character even delivers a monologue about Hunt’s magnificence: He can break any code, disguise himself as anyone else, win any fight, enter any guarded domain. In another harrowing scene, the actor is strapped to a huge Airbus A400M cargo plane for take off (and landing and flying in between more than 900 metres in the air – for eight takes). And yet it is merely a footnote in the narrative, a fun gag to reestablish the team and put you back in the world of Ethan Hunt and his impossible missions. By focusing so much marketing energy into this relatively irrelevant scene, Paramount/Viacom Inc. have allowed audiences to walk into Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation relative blind this weekend.

I want to entertain you!” In another scene, Cruise’s character has to dive into an underwater safe to retrieve the computer chip that will lead him closer to The Syndicate. Harris makes an excellent adversary, smart and ruthless and a bit twitchy, He alone takes no part in the stunts; evil geniuses never enjoy getting their hands dirty. (That’s how we know action heroes can defeat them.

A guy who can’t take a punch can’t take over a world.) It’s worth noting that the “M:I” franchise has employed five separate directors over 19 years: Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. However, it’s Cruise’s determined drive that has kept the Mission franchise running since 1996’s Mission: Impossible, a film that launched him into the grown-up zone. MGM heavily advertised what was the opening stunt sequence in GoldenEye back in 1995, highlighting the “James Bond rides a motorcycle off a cliff and catches a crashing plane in mid-air” bit. Walt Disney and Marvel smartly highlighted the brief Iron Man 3 moment where Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts wore the Iron Man suit in order to sneak a massive mid-film plot twist right under our noses. In this obsessive “must know everything now” era, Paramount had a trump card in their media-friendly action stunt sequence that only seemed like the film’s centerpiece but actually existed in the first five minutes.

So they milked that sucker for all it was worth, offering clips and featurettes and images of that sequence which allowed the various other action scenes in Christopher McQuarrie’s comic thriller, including a superb mid-film heist of sorts, to go relatively unspoiled. But I gave Paramount no little grief for the Terminator Genisys campaign earlier this month, so I thought I’d take a moment to tip my hat for a job well done.

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