Cruise CONTROL MovieReview
DESPERATION. It’s a driving force in all the Mission: Impossible movies, as Tom Cruise’s perpetually resourceful hero Ethan Hunt struggles to win through against odds that seem... well, see the title.
But there is an undercurrent of a different kind of desperation in this fifth entry in the reliably entertaining franchise. It radiates beyond the crisis in its storyline.
kicks off with the much publicized stunt that saw Cruise clinging to the door of a cargo plane as it takes off. In the movie, Cruise’s character is trying to prevent the plane from taking off with a shipment of terrorist-bound bombs.
Here’s the thing: The scene is utterly gratuitous and does nothing to set the stage for the story. Rather, we are simply invited to gaze at the wonder that is Tom Cruise as he seems to risk his life for the sake of a movie.
One becomes aware of this look-atme dynamic throughout the film. And frankly, it’s getting a little off-putting, especially — you’ve heard this complaint before — for a franchise that’s supposed to be about a team, not an individual.
In a plot that seems borrowed from a Bond movie ( in particular), Ethan finds himself up against a mysterious organization known as The Syndicate, a dark-mirror image of the Impossible Mission Force dedicated to creating instability and malaise afflicting western powers. As he is gaining headway in his investigation, cranky CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) pulls the plug on the IMF, leaving Hunt to carry on his investigation solo, targeted by both friends and enemies alike.
Ethan’s main lead is the inevitably beautiful British spy Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) who saved him from torture and death when he was captured by The Syndicate’s icy, sadistic chieftain Lane (Sean Harris).
But even a superspy needs help. Ethan enlists tech geek/wannabe field agent Benji (Simon Pegg) to case a performance of in Vienna, where members of
Starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP Polo Park, Polo Park IMAX, St. Vital, Towne. PG 131 minutes
1/2 out of five