Hey everyone. Welcome to our first “A Grunt at the Movies” review. We know there are lots of people out there reviewing movies. Some of them are good and some of them don’t have any idea what they are talking about. We here at Grunt Style decided that it was time to send a grunt out to see some movies so we can tell our fans what we think about these movies. You’ll be getting a grunt’s perspective on the movies so while we may not be able to tell you when the Director of Photography is a genius, we will be able to tell you when a movie is bad-ass or not.
In our first review, we’ve got 101st veteran Rich Bennett here to review Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This is not Rich’s first time writing. Rich wrote a blog during his deployment to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley which was later turned in to a book, The Killing Birds (available on Amazon). He makes his triumphant return to writing, other than the funny things you read on our Facebook page, to tell us all his thoughts on the many movies he goes to see. Here is the first of many reviews.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review
Here we go again. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (the fifth installment) is another attempt by Tom Cruise to fool people into thinking that he still looks good with his shirt off even though he’s 53 years old. Before we get to the review, here’s a picture of Kelly McGillis today.
This gives you a great idea of how old Cruise should look.
Back to the review. Usually people bitch and moan about technical inaccuracy and this movie has a ton of it. Let’s get that out of the way right now. We all know they don’t handle weapons and tactics in the movies the way they should in real life. Having said that, if you can look past the fact that nobody seems to be able to hit their targets or properly handle weapons, it’s not a bad movie.
So the idea behind this one is that the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) has been disbanded and they are now operating on their own (isn’t this the same for every MI movie?). But Tommy and the crew have their work cut out for them as a new network of highly trained operators called The Syndicate are threatening to take over the world. Pretty standard.
As much crap as I love to give Cruise, he again did most of his own stunts in the film. We’ve all seen the trailer with Cruise hanging off the side of the plane. This occurs in the opening scene of the film. The only movie magic there was hiding the cables attaching him to the plane in post production. He actually did that for the film. I can respect that, especially at his age. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is a creepy dude. And the money spent in his films for lifts in his shoes to make him seem tall must be staggering.
MI5 features a strong female lead in Rebecca Ferguson who, before I saw this movie, I’d never heard of. Nowadays, Hollywood prefers finding some young piece of ass with no talent to star in their action movies as objects. It’s nice to see an actress with some chops. The character is pretty well written. She can handle herself in the action sequences too. Casting win.
Rounding out the cast – Jeremy Renner as Brandt seemed fine but I’m betting anything action related for him in the film is cut back to make Cruise seem better. Simon Pegg as Benji had his small moments of comic relief but for this film he was way too serious. Ving Rhames returned for the entire film as Luther but it was entirely too forced. He’s obviously no longer a fit for this series. A cool addition was Alec Baldwin as the head of the CIA. The bad guys and side characters were typical of today’s Hollywood trends.
As usual, the real reason this film wins is because of J.J. Abrams. This guy can make a movie. If he’s producing, writing, or directing a film, it’s worth watching.
Rating: Out of 4 possible fucks given, I rate this movie as 3 fucks given. Definitely worth checking out.
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