Mission Impossible III review

Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt trying to take down Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt trying to take down Phillip Seymour Hoffman

JJ Abrams Makes a Spectacular Directorial Debut!

Mission Impossible II was released in 2000 and had mixed reactions among critics and fans. It took Mission Impossible III six years to be released, and it was met with a lot of positive praise.  David Frincher was originally going to direct the film but left over creative differences. Tom Cruise called his friend, JJ Abrams, and asked him to direct his first ever movie. JJ Abrams decided to reboot the story and have Ethan Hunt be retired and getting married as the premise for the third installment.

Ethan Hunt is retired from IMF (Impossible Missions Force) and training new operatives for the field.  He is also engaged to a nurse, Julia (Michelle Monaghan).  Ethan gets a call from assistant director, John Musgrave (Billy Crudup), about his former protégé, Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell), being held captive in Germany.  Ethan leaves to rescue her with his team of Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames), Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Myers), and Zhan Lei (Maggie Q). The team successfully rescues Lindsey but Lindsey needs to tell Ethan something important about the IMF. Her captor, Owen Davian (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), triggers a device in Lindsey’s head that kills her instantaneously.  Ethan and Musgrave are reprimanded for the death of Lindsey by the director of the IMF, Theodore Brassel (Lawrence Fishburne).   Lindsey before her death sends Ethan a encrypted chip that the IMF technician name Benji (Simon Pegg) decodes. Ethan learns Davian is going to the Vatican to buy an item called the “Rabbits Foot.” Ethan and team capture Davian and take him back to IMF. They are the Chesapeake Bay Bridge when Davian’s crew ambushes Hunt and his team. Davian escapes then captures Julia, Ethan’s fiancé. Ethan is taken into custody by Brassel and branded a rogue agent. Musgrave helps Ethan escape and tells Ethan the location of the Rabbit’s Foot.  Ethan must save Julia by obtaining the Rabbits Foot and exchanging it with Julia while alluding the IMF.

Mission Impossible III has several glaring negatives. As you watch the movie, the plot switches from a revenge flick to save the love of my life flick. Ethan goes to Vatican City to capture Davian. He is obviously filled with vengefulness and hate towards Davian and goes to capture the killer of his protégé without his two bosses knowing about it.  It’s unsanctioned operation that could cost Ethan his life and career. However, the plot of the movie switches when Davian escapes. He captures Julia and forces Ethan to steal the Rabbit’s Foot and bring it to him for Julia’s freedom.  The final negative is the movie is all action and tension. JJ needed to have scenes to flush out the characters. However, the action is also a positive of Mission Impossible III.

JJ Abrams delivered a heart pounding non stop action spy movie. He also incorporated more spy technology into the film. Abrams did a fantastic job in directing action scenes and added humor within those sequences.  Cruise is the face of the Mission Impossible franchise. Ethan Hunt is the leader of the teams and develops as a character. He is getting married and retired in the beginning of the movie. Luther even tells Hunt that he knows that active IMF Agents can’t have successful marriages. Ethan replies “that’s why I retired because I love her.”   The chemistry and acting is one of the strong points of the film.  Cruise has great chemistry with every cast member, and the main cast gives great acting performances.  Fishburne, Meyes, Maggie Q, Monaghan, Crudup, and Pegg stand out in the movie. Pegg really stands out, and included a clip below to show you why.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman really stands out.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a wonderful villain. He tells Ethan after he is captured that he is “going to find his love ones, torture him in front of them, kill him, and then them.”  His goal is to sell the Rabbit’s Foot, although we never know what it is going to do.  Hoffman shows a little remorse in the movie. He has been the best Mission Impossible villain in the four films.

Overall, Mission Impossible III has a confusing plot while watching it but it is a damn good movie. Mission Impossible III gets a 4 out of 5.

 

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2015 Comic Con Movie Panels Thoughts

San Diego Comic Con gets an massive amount visitors.

San Diego Comic Con gets an massive amount visitors.

News and Reaction from Comic Con!

San Diego Comic Con happens once a year, and it is the event brings so much media and fans to the event.  It has become a spectacle to witness.  Recently, the movie studios such as Fox, Marvel, and Warner Bros have put emphasis on promoting their material and future movies in the last few years at Comic Con due to the media attention.  Warner Bros has taken the Comic Con Crown by having the media focus on their material in the last two years.  Marvel didn’t come to Comic Con this year. Warner Bros, Fox, and the Star Wars panel were the focus of  the attention this year. Warner Bros again really dominated the new cycle with their announcements and footage that they shown.

Warner Bros Panel Reaction:

Warner Bros. won comic con again this year with an announcement and the two trailers that they showed.  Warner Bros. showed footage for Man from Uncle and Peter Pan which took third minutes. Their announce was title for the new Green Lantern movie called, “The Green Lantern Corps.”   David Ayer, the Director of Suicide Squad, came out and spoke about his film a little bit before the Batman V. Superman became all of the buzz.

Suicide Squad Reaction:

Suicide-Squad

The cast of Suicide Squad came out for a photo besides Jared Leto, who plays the Joker.  David Ayer said “The film is still being shot and the official trailer will be released in the fall.  All this good vs. evil played out. It’s time for bad vs. evil.”  He showed some footage which blew some of the media’s minds. The footage leaked and now is officially online.

The footage looks awesome. Viola Davis sounds like the sadistic Amanda Waller who is apathetic towards the villains. Harley was a focus and Maggot Robbie sounded like crazy Harley Quinn  The ending shot stole the show with the Joker saying “I’m not going to kill you. I’m going to hurt you really really bad.” The movie looks like it will be great. Ayer looks like he has nailed these characters.  Suicide Squad comes out August 5th, 2016.

Batman V. Superman Thoughts.

The footage for Batman V. Superman looks fantastic.  The leaked set pics confirms that Bruce Wayne saw his building get totaled during the fight between Superman and Zod in Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel. Zack Synder stated that Gotham and Metropolis are sister cities like San Fran and Oakland.   However, the footage reveals a lot more of the story and helps answer critics of Man of Steel.

My thoughts on the new footage from Batman V. Superman begin with a “Holy @#$%” that looks amazing.  Kryptonite looks like it is finally being introduced. Batman has a Robin Suit that the Joker torn up. Lex Luthor is being the master manipulator that he is.  Wonder Woman looks amazing and looks like she is a huge fight. The money shots are the times when Batman and Superman face each other.  Personally, I feel Warner Bros will need to introduce Nightwing or Robin into their DC Universe. They are the only two characters that humanize Batman and help bring down his rage level so he can see things clearly.  Alfred can lecture like a father and irritate Bruce Wayne too much. Martha Kent tells her son that he doesn’t the owe the world a damn thing. That’s pretty un-Superman like. I also like how Clark Kent sees Batman as the dangerous villain. Perry White tells him to get over.  Of course, Superman is on trial by the US Senate led by Holly Hunter.  She is going to Lex Luthor for help. I don’t like the line “The Red Capes are coming, The Red Capes are coming.” I don’t get the line and it sounds so campy. It is also probably out of context.   Batman V. Superman will be released on March 25th, 2016.

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Deadpool:

I’m not going to review the Fantastic Four Panel because the movie will be released in about a month.  Deadpool might have stole the show! The Deadpool footage got chants of “play it again.”  The crowd at Comic Con was pleased. The footage has been leaked online. It shows Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, being told that he is terminally ill. His girlfriend Vanessa, Morena Baccarin, tries to comfort him. Wade Wilson is approached by Ajax, Ed Skrein, being told that he can heal him. The procedure turns Wade into Deadpool with accelerated healing powers.  Deadpool is set to hunt down the man who did this to him.

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The footage looked fantastic. It has leaked online but Ryan Reynolds stated on twitter that an official trailer will be released online in three weeks.  The Comic Con trailer showed Deadpool at his best. He was dropping F-bombs, talking to the audience by breaking the fourth wall, and the action looked great. This film will be an hard R. It is not meant for kids.  Deadpool will be released on February 12th, 2016.

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past was one of my favorite movies last year.  It reenergized the X-Men movie franchise.  Age of Apocalypse is actually a famous X-Men storyline. The first mutant ever was En Sabar Nur or known as Apocalypse.  Apocalypse seeks out to rule all of mutant kind or destroy the mutants that resist him.  Apocalypse has four horsemen: Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence.  They carry out Apocalypse’s bidding. Apocalypse will be played by Oscar Isaac

APOCALYPSE

Description of the Footage:

First, the footage opens with the world blowing and Jean Grey seeing the destruction. Xavier, James McAvoy, tells Jean, Sophie Turner, it was all a dream.  Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne, contacts Xavier and states in the last ten years, Mutants have become a cult symbol for gods. One cult in particularly worships the first Mutant known as Apocalypse. Apocalypse on the other hand sees his fellow mutants being lead by blind leaders. He promises that they will fall, and he and his followers will build a better one.  Magneto responds with a “who the fuck are you?” while Apocalypse responds with “Come and see.”   Mystique claims that she come to help the X-Men.  Apocalypse and his horsemen which includes Storm (Alexander Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Oliver Munn), and Archangel (Ben Foster) break into the X-Mansion and take control of Xavier. The trailer ends with the money shot of bald James McAvoy in his wheel chair.

My Thoughts:

My excitement for this movie can’t contain itself. I love the fact that Apocalypse is finally get the big screen spotlight. For X-Men 4 which most X-Men fans thought it would be released after X-Men: Last Stand would feature Apocalypse. Ironically, we had to wait ten years before finally getting to see this malicious super villain grace the screen.  Oscar Isaac looks like he nailed the part. Apocalypse looks amazing and very much like he does in to the comics.  I love the Magneto line “Who the fuck are you?” and the respond of “Come and See.”  Gambit and Wolverine will be appearing in this movie.  They were not shown. Storm is a bad guy! I really like that arc because Storm is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. Her power can be unlimited deadly.  The movie only has been shooting for five weeks so special effects are not done. I do expect an official trailer to come out around fall or early winter.  X-Men: Age of Apocalypse comes out May 27th, 2016 on memorial day weekend.

Star Wars Panel:

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The Star Wars panel didn’t release any new footage. It was Kathleen Kennedy (the producer), J.J. Abrams (the director), and Lawrence Kasdan (the writer) first taking the stage.  Kathleen thanked all of the fans and said that they were the reason why they were here tonight.  She also stated the first spin off will start shooting in three weeks. JJ introduced a creature that will be in the movie called Bobbajo.  The effects are mostly practical. They are editing and finishing up the movie now.  Lawrence said he was excited about JJ directing and how he felt grateful to George Lucas.

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Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega came onto the stage.  They will be playing the good side of the force. Boyega stated he like playing a storm trooper and turning around to become a good guy.  Daisy Ridley said she trained a lot of the part and hopes the fans will see the final pay off. Isaac asked Harrison Ford about piloting tips and Ford responded with “Its fake and in space.”

2015 Comic-Con - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Panel

The Dark Side came out next which included Adam Driver, Domhall Gleeson, and Gwendolyn Christie.  Driver stated the approached the character’s point of view and didn’t see him as good or evil. Kylo Ren is the evil sith that we see in the trailer.  Domhall Gleeson is playing General Hux, and he’s British so he is evil according to the actor.  Christie said that she was so excited to play a woman Storm Trooper.

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The original cast took the stage next.  Carrie Fisher expressed she had flashbacks when being on set again. Mark Hamill took the stage next and stated “he’s very moved when he hears from fans — whether they named their son Luke or met their wife at the premiere of Return of the Jedi. He says you don’t often realize the impact you could have on someone’s life.”  Of course, Harrison Ford took the stage and expressed so much gratitude. Ford actually had tears coming from his eyes.  He stated that story was so well written that fans will be pleased.  Storm Troopers entered the Hall H and escorted the panel and crowd to a live Star Wars Concert.

Star Wars didn’t need to show any footage! It’s Star Wars that they win no matter what!

Top movie stories from the past week

Coop’s major movies news stories

Hi all, I wanted to try to something different.  I haven’t posted anything about casting news or movies trailers in awhile. In last two weeks huge pieces of movie news have been reported and confirmed that need to be addressed.

1.We finally get to see Ben Affleck as Batman and his new Batmobile.

Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman

I saw this image, and my inner nerd jumped for joy. The image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit is the definition of brooding. It reminds me how Batman is portrayed in the comics. The Batmobile looks very sporty like in the Tim Burton Batman movie. The Batsuit is more reminiscent of The Dark Knight Returns, a graphic novel by Frank Miller.  The Dark Knight Returns’ Batman suit had shorter ears and a large Bat symbol on the chest. Batman looks like a beast compared to Christian Bale’s Batman.

The tone of the pic is dark. This is a perfect representation of Batman. Batman and Superman will not be automatic friends in Batman vs. Superman. They will not drink beers together but most likely deliver blows to each other. Bruce Wayne, Batman, and Clark Kent, Superman, will likely grow to trust each other during the last act of the film. They  decide to  form the Justice League along with Wonder Woman with their level of trust.  Batman vs. Superman comes out on May 6th, 2016.

2. Gambit is finally coming to the X-men films

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum will play Gambit in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse ( release date on May 27th, 2016).  Tatum will get his own solo movie as Gambit also. Gambit will supposedly have a big part  in the next X-men movie. There is no official synopsis for Age of Apocalypse but the film will probably start production at the end of the year. The script is in the finishing stages. Tatum is a perfect choice for Gambit. Tatum is: from Mississippi; his on screen presence draws people to like him; his personality is very suave and mysterious like Gambit; he is sarcastic and funny; and he is very physical built for a fight.  Who is Gambit?

Gambit

Gambit

Gambit is one of the most beloved X-Men in the comics. He is Cajun and a skill thief. His powers are kinetic energy. He can explode anything he touches.  Gambit is one of the most intelligent and skilled fighters in the X-men. His weapon of choice is a Bo staff. He is one of the few X-men who can take on Wolverine in hand to hand combat.  People love Gambit because he uses humor in very intense moments (sarcastic and witty humor). He also uses a 52 card deck as grenades.

3. Man of Steel sequel gets a title.

Official Warner bros log

Official Warner bros logo

I was literally writing about my next news story when this story broke.  The Batman vs. Superman movie will be called “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The name “Dawn of Justice” implies the origins of the Justice League.  Wonder Woman is in the movie. Ray Fisher, a broadway actor, was cast as Victor Stone who becomes Cyborg.  We heard rumors of Aquaman being involved and maybe the Flash.  These characters will have small parts. Justice League and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice are supposedly are going to film back to back. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 6th, 2016.  Stone, and other Justice League members will not have major roles and most likely be introduced with 5 minutes of screentime. Wonder Woman will have a supporting role because her character’s film debut has been a long time coming.

4. New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

We have a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. You can watch the new trailer.  The new trailer feature’s Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” The trailer is visually stunning, funny, and reminds me a lot of a Star Wars movie. I found the trailer to be so entertaining and the music selection adds entertainment.  We also get to hear Rocket Raccoon speak and Groot speak too.  The film comes out August 1st of this year.

5. Godzilla 2 is coming!

Godzilla

Godzilla

Warner Bros and Legendary studios are reportedly working on Godzilla 2. The first Godzilla movie was a positive success.  The film is in development and no official date has been set.  Toho owns the rights to other Godzilla characters such as Mothra and King Gidorah.  Legendary and Warner would have to acquire the rights to those characters to be used in a sequel.  I’m a excited about this news. Gareth Edwards and his crew have discussed sequel possibilities already amongst themselves. Stay tune for new information as it comes along.

6. Godzilla stomps the Box Office Globally

Godzilla crushes San Fran and the box office

Godzilla crushes San Fran and the box office

Godzilla in 4 days at the Box Office as made 211 million worldwide according Box Office Mojo.  Godzilla is on pace to earn anywhere between 500 to 600 million. It has yet to open up in China or Japan which are the two biggest foreign markets for United States films.  It scored 38.4 million on Friday.  I was disappointed in the film, but I have seen it twice.  The question is will fans rush back to see the film, and will people go see this movie in the next couple of weeks? Godzilla could make 200 million domestically and that would be a success.

7. JJ Abrams note to the Star Wars and Crew.

Note from Abrams to the Star Wars crew

Note from Abrams to the Star Wars crew

JJ. Abrams is the director of the Star Wars Episode VII. The film is supposedly has a working title of “An Ancient Evil.” The buzz surrounding the film is pretty high.  The note is pretty significant. It shows the commitment that Abrams has to this project. The note also states he wants dedication from his cast and crew.  The Star War franchise is so beloved that a serious mistake by Abrams or any of the crew will not be lightly forgiven. Star Wars stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, with a younger cast of new characters. Star Wars Episode VII comes out December 18th, 2015.

8. Foxcatcher Trailer

The Foxcatcher is a movie adapted from Mark Schultz’s autobiography. Mark Schultz and his late brother, Dave Schultz, are gold medal wrestling champions coach by John dDu Pont. The movie was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and received instant buzz for being an Oscar contender. Dave is played by Channing Tatum, John is played Steve Carrell, and Mark is played by Mark Ruffalo. The film is directed by Bennett Miller who directed Moneyball. I love sports dramas and this film is a must see for any sports film fan. It comes out November 14th of this year.

9. New Star Trek 3 director

Roberto Orci

Roberto Orci is the new Star Trek 3 director. He and Alex Kurtzman are responsible for bringing back Star Trek in 2009 and making it popular again. He has no directing experience. He is very active on twitter and asked fans what they would like to see in a new Star Trek movie after Star Trek: Into Darkness was such a hit. I personally don’t mind this choice to direct the new movie. I hope he doesn’t write something abysmal as  The Amazing Spider-man 2. He knows the cast and has been actively involved at the producer level for the previous two films. I have faith he will do Star Trek justice. Stay tune for new Star Trek information.

 

What do you think about these news stories comment below and let me know.