Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tom Cruise flies high and delivers one of the best films of the Summer.
Review by Matt CummingsActor Tom Cruise has always maintained a special place in SandwichJohn's heart; thankfully, he asks me to write these reviews. Truth be told, I am also a fan of Cruise, and who could blame us? His recent movies (Oblivion, Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow) consistently rank among my favorites, and his respect for the fans has done much to repair his wounded status as a tool for Scientology. Perhaps that's why he continues to draw lackluster box office numbers, leaving a mystery whose origins are hard to connect. What isn't a mystery is the result of his newest film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation: it's easily one of my favorites of the year, bolstered by strong performances, great action, and a smart, twisty script. Ghost Protocol, he's collaborated with Cruise five times; that familiarity shows up consistently here, especially in its "show me, don't tell me" script. Sure, there are moments where Cruise narrates over a menagerie of images to keep things moving, but it's McQuarrie who connects the dots with both memorable action beats and solid character development. Skyfall, a practiced and polished former agent who's confused mass destruction with enduring peace. Baldwin surprises as the single-minded Huntley, whose blind hatred for Hunt keeps him from seeing the true face of his enemy. His takedown is achieved especially well, and it's my hope we'll see him in future episodes. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.