Why Rebecca Ferguson kicks ‘Mission’ butt

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‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': How the movie series has weathered a changing marketplace.

Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie builds on the spectacular/visceral approach Brad Bird employed to such solid effect four years ago in “M:I — Ghost Protocol.” This is only McQuarrie’s third feature after a long career as a screenwriter (“The Usual Suspects,” the lamentable “The Tourist”). OK, so Ethan Hunt isn’t James Bond and the Impossible Missions Force isn’t MI6, but the “MI” films are essentially Bond movies, with a touch of “Bourne” and a whole lot of Tom Cruise doing what he does best—looking about 15 years younger than his true age (Cruise recently turned 53), performing harrowing stunts, engaging in clever banter with his adversaries, and doing it all with just the hint of a smirk that tells us even when it appears certain Mr.

Actor Tom Cruise arrives for the Canadian premiere of the film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in Toronto on July 27, 2015. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press) He’s scaled the tallest building in the world and clambered across a perilous cliff face, all for the sake of a role.It took Lalo Schifrin all of three minutes to write his famed theme — set to an unusual 5/4 time signature — for the TV series “Mission: Impossible.” “Orchestration’s not the problem for me,” he says. “It’s like writing a letter.If you’ve seen a single preview for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, one image undoubtedly stood out in your mind: Tom Cruise, clinging desperately to the outside of a plane as it took off.Preposterous, playful and shamelessly entertaining, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” obeys the first rule of action thrillers-cum-star vehicles: Take this all too seriously and you’re dead meat.The new “Mission: Impossible” movie is coming to theaters on July 31, and while the movie business is vastly different from when the first movie hit the big screen, the “Mission” movies still consistently score at the box office. “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” brings back Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, who is part of the Impossible Mission Force.

In this film, the government is beginning to question whether having the IMF in operation is a good idea anymore, but Ethan and his colleagues believe they still have villains to catch. Tuesday night he appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and confirmed that the sixth Mission: Impossible is already in the works, even as we await the fifth instalment to hit theatres. “We’re starting to work on it now,” he told Stewart, hinting at a possible Iceland volcano repelling scene. “We’ll probably start shooting next summer.” During the interview, Stewart also probed Cruise on how to achieve the perfect bod for, not an impossible, but, let’s be serious, an intermediate-to-beginner mission. And that’s the way it came.” “I was in Vienna and at a press conference and one lady asked me why I wrote ‘Mission: Impossible’ in 5/4 . . .

Starting things off with an impressively realistic stunt, hanging off the side of an ascending airplane — which he performed himself, according to pre-opening publicity — Cruise strides through “Rogue Nation” with the combination of swagger and winking self-deprecation that have helped make him one of Hollywood’s most enduring and, dang it, lovable screen products. With the fifth installment of the franchise, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie matches the style and edge of “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), directed by J.J. Just when viewers are about to give into full eye roll — when he displays the perfectly sculpted chest that his contract apparently stipulates he bare in every movie, say, or lays one of his penetrating Blue Steel looks on the baddie du jour — he delivers a perfectly timed pratfall or handsomely dim retort.

The others were mostly remakes of previous films, such as “Ransom” and the comedies “The Birdcage” and “The Nutty Professor.” The high-grossing “A Time to Kill” was an adaptation of a John Grisham novel. One 1996 box office hit, the live-action adaptation of the Disney animated film “101 Dalmations,” was a harbinger of the current trend of adapting Disney animated movies into live-action stories. Ethan must foil an elaborate assassination attempt during opening night at the Vienna State Opera (clearly inspired by a similar setup in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”).

Cruise underwent wind and speed simulations to prepare for the scene – filmed eight times to capture the needed angles – that had him barreling down a runway while clinging to the door of an Airbus A400. “Of course, there was the cold, and I couldn’t wear long underwear because there was the suit. I want it to be identifiable, recognizable and a signature.’ And this is what I did.” Schifrin’s path to becoming one of those most-sought-after composers in Hollywood started in Argentina, where he grew up with his mother and late father, concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires.

Juan Perón, then president of Argentina, forbade the import of American records, but a young Schifrin, whose interest in jazz was growing, befriended an American merchant marine who snuck in records for the musician. He must hold his breath underwater for, like, four minutes to break into a computer data storage facility deep below the Moroccan desert. (Not to be a killjoy, but where did all that water come from? The great Alec Baldwin hams it up nicely as Hunley, the gruff and fantastically clueless head of the CIA, who forces the IMF out of existence because that’s what gruff and clueless government bureaucrats do in movies like this. Though early reviews have been positive, Rogue Nation faces immense pressure to live up to the previous films, which have grossed more than $2 billion U.S. worldwide. “You’re thinking ‘I have to top the last movie.

The great strength of McQuarrie is that, even when he’s leaning into the laughs, he plays it straight — he doesn’t sacrifice inviolable core values in the name of escapism, whether in the form of smart writing or superb production aesthetics. Just because IMF has been disbanded doesn’t mean Hunt will relent in his pursuit of the Syndicate, a mysterious (and some say purely mythical) organization of former good-guy operatives now working in the shadows to spread evil and blow things up and kidnap world leaders and BRING THE WORLD TO ITS KNEES, BAHAHAHAHAHA! I want to make a film that belongs in the group with those other four films.'” “I think Tom has it and I think that’s why Tom is just an ongoing incredible movie star and actor,” said the Swedish actress, who appears as femme fatale Isla Faust in Rogue Nation. Handsomely photographed by Robert Elswit, “Rogue Nation” possesses the sleek, globe-trotting feel we’ve come to expect from the James Bonds and Jason Bournes of the world. The series was revitalized with the 2006 film “Casino Royale,” which not only brought on a new Bond, actor Daniel Craig, but brought Bond back to his roots, showing how he embarked on his career.

Rebecca Ferguson does stellar work as the beautiful, deadly and alluring Ilsa Faust, an agent who also might be a double agent and could even be a double-DOUBLE agent. Off the radar and hunted by their own countrymen, Ethan and Benji continue to circle the globe investigating the shadowy Syndicate, a cabal of one-time spies from around the world now led by a creepy former Brit spook (Sean Harris).

Four years later, he wrote “Mission: Impossible,” a career-changer for Schifrin, who went on to write scores for films like “Cool Hand Luke” and “Dirty Harry” and TV series including “Starsky and Hutch” and “Mannix.” Schifrin earned six Oscar nominations, and the “Mission: Impossible” theme won him a Grammy. “I could say that, yes, it changed my career because it became so popular, which I did not expect,” he says. “I’m really lucky and really glad and I thank God and everybody who helped me . . . very few television shows extended their life to motion pictures.” But the set pieces are pure old school, from the film’s eyeball-grabbing opening number and a Hitchcockian fight staged during “Turandot” on a backstage catwalk, to a beautifully executed underwater bit and a motorcycle-car chase that must have struck co-star Jeremy Renner as dimly familiar from his stint in the Bourne universe.

Ethan may have an ally (he’s not sure) in Ilsa (Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson), a beauty working for the Syndicate who may actually be an infiltrator sent by the British government. What’s more, as he did in the criminally under-seen “Edge of Tomorrow,” Cruise once again chooses for Ethan to work with a female counterpart who, rather than a stock lady-in-jeopardy or erotic love interest, is just as competent and physically courageous as he is. (In a clever twist, it’s Pegg’s dweeby character, Benji, who emerges as “Rogue Nation’s” damsel in distress.) Indeed, as much as Cruise dominates “Rogue Nation,” it’s his co-star, Rebecca Ferguson, who emerges as the film’s true and most memorable revelation. If there’s anyone out there who thinks they might not bring down the Syndicate, I’d like to talk to you about surefire investments in Florida real estate. They need to do this because they have to switch a code so Ethan’s sidekick Benji (Simon Pegg, excellent comic relief) can access a facility in order to, you know, thwart the bad guys. Like Blunt, Ferguson manages to be sexy, strong, complicated and enigmatic in a performance that Cruise highlights by way of his own reflected persona.

At times the deception and the intrigue and the twists and turns make it nearly impossible to follow every detail of the plot, but even when things get muddled, we know Ethan’s our hero, and we know we’ll eventually learn the true intentions of Ilsa and the rest of the players. Playing: SilverCity Ancaster, SilverCity Burlington, Jackson Square, SilverCity Oakville, Oakville Mews Encore, SilverCity Hamilton Mountain, 5 Drive-In Theatre (Oakville), Starlite Drive-In

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