National Post (Latest Edition)
ACTION BREAKS OUT ON TWO SIDES IN SUMMER RELEASES
Two of Hollywood’s greatest stuntmen have new movies opening this summer. You may have heard of Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, a.k.a. Tom Cruise, starring in something called Mission: Impossible — Fallout (July 27), in which he dangles from (and flies) helicopters, scales vertical cliff faces and leaps between the roofs of buildings. But for true white-knuckle stunts you’ll want to check out Philip John Clapp Jr., a.k.a. Johnny Knoxville, in Action Point, which opens today but was not screened for critics.
I wonder why? Inside of two and a half minutes, the trailer for the film shows him taking a cue ball to the forehead, wrestling a porcupine, flipping out of an alpine slide ride, smacked by a falling waterslide tube, and propelled down another at the business end of a fire hose. He is also fired from a giant trebuchet into the broad side of a barn, which I think may be a metaphor for something. M:I – F was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also made the previous chapter, Rogue Nation.