You’ll never believe it—I saw another current movie. It wasn’t on Netflix. It wasn’t at home. It was in a real, honest-to-goodness movie theatre where they sell delicious buttered popcorn.
When MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION came out, I knew I had to go see it. I’m a huge fan of the franchise. It always delivers what it promises: fun action wrapped up in a light-hearted gift box. You can watch, know that the plot won’t always make sense, but figure who cares? and just go with it. That’s my favorite type of movie, right up there with Romantic Comedies.
One of these days, I hope to have the opportunity to interview Tom Cruise, but until then I’ll admire him from afar. For whatever personal reputation he has, his stunts are impressive and his work ethic is well known. Hollywood Insiders agree no one comes to set more prepared than he does.
But, coming to work prepared isn’t what makes me buy a $16 ticket to see MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Rather, it’s the promise of stunts and action that the film franchise always delivers. Five installments in and I’m still sold.
Leading up to the film’s release, photos circulated of Tom Cruise hanging onto the side of a plane as it takes off. He’s an actor known for doing his own stunts and for not taking any short cuts. In fact, I read that he even insisted on the most minimal type of harness for that scene because he didn’t want to look too bulky. Why is it that we, as an audience, are so much more impressed by actors who do their own stunts? If they don’t do the stunts, someone else will. So, inevitably, someone would have been hanging from that plane and yet because it’s the Big Man himself we consider it so much better. (Isn’t this the thing everyone talks about with Jackie Chan, too?) It’s a strange psychological thing because by this point Tom Cruise surely fits into the stuntman category as well.
I don’t need Tom Cruise doing his own stunts to make me love the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. Critics might dissect the plot or the acting but no one goes to these movies expecting to see the next Best Actor Oscar Winner. I go for a bit of light-hearted fun and action.
For me, that’s $16 well spent.
*Want to catch up on the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise? Find the DVDs on Amazon.com.