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Concur Cannoli Send a noteboard - 05/08/2015 02:42:08 AM

Another fantastic entry in the rare case of an action franchise that just keeps getting better and better. That's thanks to great direction of excellent action in awesome set pieces and action, but also thanks to the leading man.
People can say about Cruise's private life or religious choices all they want.

I have absolutely no idea why this matters to anyone. I take religious differences as seriously as anyone, probably moreso than anyone on this site. I support the crusades and the Inquisition, I'm a Feenyite & sincerely believe in the Extra Ecclesiam doctrine. But I've never understood why I'm supposed to care that Tom Cruise is a Scientologist or that Mel Gibson is a traditional Roman Catholic, when picking a movie to watch.
The man keeps delivering great genre entertainment year after year, while doing as many stunts as he can all by himself. The insane opening sequence is testament to that.
He's on my list of actors whose appearance in a movie is enough to make me look twice at it, if not quite on the automatic watch list.
Still, one of the best parts of this is how it is an ensemble piece with everyone doing their part.

That was a problem I had with the first movie in the series compared to how the various TV shows of the same name worked. Those were always team efforts, as opposed to the star vehicle Cruise turned this franchise into...but the last three movies have gone more in that direction, and I've found Cruise himself a lot more enjoyable.
Female newbie Rebecca Ferguson is fantastic, blowing all Bond girls from the last 45 years out of the water. Pegg is likable and funny as always.
I think they should use more comic actors in normal roles. They usually work out pretty good, and most comedy movies are shit nowadays.
The pacing is great and especially the two major sequences in the middle of the film in the Vienna opera and all over Casablanca are absolutely breathtaking. The showdown can't even begin to top that and doesn't try, taking a different approach to a solution instead.
More in line, IMO, with the TV adventures of the IMF.
Overall a pretty long film for an action thriller but an incredibly entertaining one. With quality as high as this, they can keep making these until kingdom come.

If it ain't broke...

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