This Just In! REMINISCENCE poster + trailer starring Hugh Jackman

Woo wee!! I hadn’t even heard of this project before but that poster came across my email from WB and I just had to post about this. I’m a big fan of pretty much everyone involved, and thrilled to see writer/director/producer Lisa Joy, one of the co-creators of WESTWORLD as the writer/director of this film. This marks her feature directorial debut and it certainly looks promising!

Full synopsis:

Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), a private investigator of the mind, navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). A simple matter of lost and found becomes a dangerous obsession. As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae’s disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy, and must ultimately answer the question: how far would you go to hold on to the ones you love?

I’m SO here for this!! I like what I’m seeing so far! I love the concept of a sci-fi mystery romance and the trailer certainly has that Westworld-y vibe with Inception, The Prestige, Blade Runner mixed in. As most of you likely know, Lisa Joy is Christopher Nolan’s sister in-law and her husband Jonathan Nolan is her longtime collaborator (as they created Westworld together) and one of the film’s producer.

I love Hugh Jackman and he’s such a versatile actor, but seeing him in the trailer I was like ‘YOWZA!!’ I forget sometimes just how incredibly hunky and sexy he is. His look reminds me of his role in Australia, though hopefully this would be a much better movie! Some of the scenes of him jumping out of a water-filled tub/tank also gives me that Wolverine vibe, he’s got to be one of the fittest 52-year-old on the planet!

I also love the alluring Rebecca Ferguson and they have quite a palpable chemistry in The Greatest Showman, so I’m looking forward to seeing some steamy scenes between those two [fan self]. Nice to see Westworld’s alum Thandiwe Netwon (great seeing she’s switched back to the original spelling of her first name) here as well as Jackman’s colleague. When I first saw the cast list, I thought Rebecca and Thandiwe would make a love triangle with Hugh (how scorching would that be!). I like the rest of the diverse supporting cast as well: Cliff Curtis, Angela Sarafyan (who was also in Westworld) and Daniel Wu are all actors I want to see more on screen.

The visuals look beautiful with stunning night photography. The DP is Paul Cameron (Collateral, De Ja Vu, 21 Bridges) and composer Ramin Djawadi is back collaborating with the Westworld creator once again scoring this. I’m a huge fan of Ramin’s music so that’s another thing I look forward to!!

The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is set for release nationwide in theaters on August 20, 2021 and will be available on HBO Max.* I definitely want to see this on the big screen, though nice that I can potentially re-watch it again on streaming.

Reminiscence is rated PG-13 for strong violence, drug material throughout, sexual content and some strong language

*Only available on the Ad-Free plan, streaming in the US only for 31 days from its theatrical release


What do you think of the trailer? Are you as excited for this as I am?

10 Memorable Scenes to celebrate Morgan Freeman’s 84th Birthday

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Happy Belated Birthday,
Morgan Freeman!

The Memphis-born, Oscar- winning thespian just turned 84 years old yesterday, as he was born on June 1st, 1937. IMDb somehow did NOT include him in the list of birthdays on its homepage yesterday, so I thought I’d do a post to honor Mr. Freeman’s towering cinematic achievements.

I love his distinctive deep voice, which instantly gives such gravitas to any role he does. I actually first saw Freeman in Street Smart (1987) Christopher Reeve where Reeve plays a New York journalist who wrote a fake story of a pimp describing his life and crimes. According to IMDb trivia, most of the characters he has played are not written specifically for an African-American actor. Apparently, watching Gary Cooper’s films in his youth inspired him to become an actor, and listed High Noon as one of his favorite films.

Now, Freeman is not only massively talented, he’s also incredibly prolific. Ever so versatile, he can juggle dramas, thrillers, comedies with such ease. He’s believable in a wide variety of roles, from pimps to presidents; convicted murder felons to astute detectives… whatever the role, he always understands the assignment. He’s got 134 projects to his credit (listed on IMDb, so naturally there are a ton of his films I have not seen. So obviously these are far from being a comprehensive list of his memorable performances, and let me preface this that I still have not seen some of his best work, including his Oscar-nominated role in Million Dollar Baby.

Now, not every one of his movies are good, but then again, few actors have spotless resume. Regardless of the movie’s quality, it’s always fun to watch his performance. In any case, here are 10 memorable performances that showcase his amazing talent and versatility:

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These are just a small sampling of Mr. Freeman’s memorable scenes.

Feel free to supply your own favorite Morgan Freeman scenes!

MAY 2021 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

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Happy June, everyone! Those of you in the States, the Memorial Weekend officially kicks off the Summer months. My hubby and I have been fully vaccinated for over a week now, with no major side effects thank goodness! In Minnesota, the mask mandate has been lifted and strangely enough now I feel somewhat ‘naked’ without putting a mask on indoors, so I’m still doing that in most places.

Thanks to MSPIFF, I got to watch quite a few international movies this week, most of them are very good! Most theaters are open already as well, though I actually skipped the cinema visit this weekend as I had a pretty busy schedule catching up with four different sets of friends from Friday-Monday, in person instead of via Zoom while enjoying patio weather once again. So suffice to say I haven’t got much time to blog anything all weekend. In any event, here’s what I watched in May:

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Movies indicated with * (asterisk) indicates directed by women – and I watched a total of 5 films by women this month. I’m hoping to complete the 52 Films By Women challenge by end of the year, something I failed to do a few years ago (thanks Katy for prompting me to pick this up again!)

Things Heard and Seen (2021)*

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Strangely enough, the first movie I watched in May is a horror movie. My bestie and I try to have a weekly movie night when we can, and since we’re both fans of James Norton, we decided to see this one about an artist (Amanda Seyfred) who relocates to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals her new home’s history. It’s pretty spooky at first but it grew more frustrating than scary, and the ending is pretty bonkers but not in a good way. Cliché-ridden and downright silly in parts that it’s hard to connect with any of the characters which makes the whole affair pretty boring.

2.5/5

Coded Bias – documentary (2020)*

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The film focuses on MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini who discovers that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, which sets her on a journey to push for the first-ever U.S. legislation against it. Directed by Shalini Kantayya, this is a really fascinating and important topic about the algorithm bias in AI, but not exactly the most interesting film to watch. Given the topic of high-tech and innovation, etc. I’d expect a film that’s inventive in presenting its arguments, but still it’s worth a look for its subject matter alone.

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Wrath of Man (2021)

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2021) *

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MSPIFF – full review coming soon

Love It Was Not – documentary (2021)*

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MSPIFF – full review coming soon

Hope Gap (2019)

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I have to admit my bestie and I watched this for Josh O’Connor, having recently seen him in the National Theatre Live’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet on PBS. I like understated dramas like this one and though it’s on the slow-side, the actors’ performances kept me engaged. Annette Bening and Bill Nighy are terrific as a couple dealing with the breakup of a marriage and O’Connor is especially soulful here as their son who’s torn between the two parents in the split.

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Riders of Justice (2021)

MSPIFF – full review

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4.5/5 stars

Undine (2021)

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MSPIFF – full review coming soon

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

full review

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Antoinette dans les Cevennes  – My Donkey, My Lover & I (2021)*

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MSPIFF – full review coming soon

The Dry (2021)

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4/5

Cruella (2021)

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2.5/5

Zombieland (2019)

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I tweeted that my hubby and I was going to watch Army of the Dead, the latest zombie flick from Zack Snyder. Well, after about 10 minutes my hubby convinced me to switch to Zombieland instead, which is exactly 1 hour shorter than Snyder’s 2 hours 28 minute movie!! I’m so glad we did as this movie is a lot of fun! The cast is great, but it’s Bill Murray’s cameo that’s especially a highlight. I don’t even mind watching the sequel!

4/5

Dream Horse (2021)

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full review coming soon


TV SERIES

I definitely need to do a blog just for my TV watches this month! Happy to say that I was able to complete not one but TWO extremely good series!! One is a fantasy based on YA books and the other is a spy thriller based on John le Carré’s novel, but both are good and binge-worthy!

HBO – The Nevers (episode 4-6)

Netflix – Shadow and Bone

The Chosen – Season 2

PBS – National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet

Sundance TV – Little Drummer Girl (limited series)

HBO – Friends: The Reunion

Sundance TV – Gold Digger (limited series)


REWATCHES

This is quite unusual but I did not rewatch a single movie [gasp!] – that is quite unusual but I did binged quite a bit of new TV series this month!


MAY MOVIE OF THE MONTH

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RIDERS OF JUSTICE
(full review)

Well this one would likely end up on my Top 10 list of the year, I’m sure of it. Here’s an excerpt from my full review: This Danish action comedy could be the gem of the year, delivering laughs and intense brutal action in equal measure. It can switch from hilarity to extreme brutality in quick succession, yet it doesn’t feel jarring. 


Well, what did you watch this past month and what’s YOUR favorite film you saw in MAY?

FlixChatter Review: CRUELLA (2021)

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Though I grew up watching plenty of Disney films, somehow I barely remember the original animated movie of 101 Dalmatians. I also skipped the 1996 live-action version with Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil, who’d be enemy number one for PETA given her predilection for Dalmatian fur coat. Well, 25 years later we’ve got an origin story of how Cruella became the villain she’s known for, with Emma Stone in the title role. It’s not exactly an original idea to portray baddies in a sympathetic light, most recently we’ve got Joker, Harley Quinn, Maleficent, etc. Some even said on social media that Cruella was channeling Joker in the trailer. Another villain that comes to mind, given its relation to four-legged creatures, is Cheetah in the recent Wonder Woman sequel, who starts off as an awkward underdog with big ambitions.

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The movie takes its not-so-sweet time establishing the backstory of our protagonist Estella all the way from her birth up until she’s 12-year-old (played by Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) raised by her mom Catherine (Emily Beecham). She’s what you’d say a problematic kid, as Stone’s narration make sure we know Estella is unique and ‘sees the world differently than everyone else… which doesn’t sit well with some people.’ She gets bullied at the private school, which she won’t take lying down. As customary for villains with tragic past, the girl later gets expelled and also loses her mother during a glitzy party at a large mansion. I really think this exposition can be trimmed quite a bit as the movie doesn’t really begin until a decade later when Estella has grown up, fending for herself without a mother in 1970s London.

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Once Estella’s in London, she ends up working a janitorial job at her dream workplace, the Liberty Shop. It’s where she meets Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), an iconic fashion designer  a la Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. The Baroness’ grand entrance is pretty fun and Thompson portrays her with aplomb. When the underdog finally gets noticed, thanks to a bout of drunkenness that brings out Estella’s inner fashion genius, one can’t help but rejoice for her.

Performance wise, I think both Emmas did a decent job in their respective roles. I enjoy the battle of wits between the boss from hell and her new apprentice, though the Baroness recognizes the special talents Estella has. Thompson can do cutthroat like nobody’s business, though Meryl Streep needn’t worry as I don’t think Hellman quite outshines Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. The dynamic plays out similar to how Miranda tortures the recent grad Andy who’s recently employed at the fashion magazine. Things gets even more intense when Estella realize just how cunning her boss can be, which in turn sets herself on a similar path. Even her two loyal buddies, petty amateur thieves Horace (Paul Walter Hauser) and Jasper (Joel Fry) notice Estella’s getting meaner and well, more cruel. Cruella’s found a couple of other allies along her journey: vintage clothing store owner Artie (played with flamboyant perfection by John McCrea) and fashion journalist Anita Darling (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) whom she went to school with.

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Emma Stone is quite good in the lead role, and she pulls off the glam rock vibe confidently. I don’t think she brought up the duality of the character too well however, she seems to relish in the aggressive, more vicious Cruella versus the meeker, kinder Estella. Naturally the movie wants to play out the villain-ness nature of the character, but it makes her shallow and superficial. The always reliable character actor Mark Strong actually has a bit more to do than the typical Baroness’ loyal butler. He’s akin to Alfred to Bruce Wayne in that he knows every secret of his boss, which is revealed in pivotal moment towards the end.

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Stylistically, Cruella is a marvel. Gorgeous set pieces, stunning art decor and phenomenal costumes abound from start to finish. There are some cool scenes with great effects, such as the long tracking shot through the Liberty store and the fiery dress as Cruella wants to have her own grand entrance. Director Craig Gillespie and DP Nicolas Karakatsanis showcase Cruella’s fashion panache, as well as flair for the theatrics in some fun ways, especially the scene when her cohorts use a garbage truck to reveal her latest frock design featuring a 40-foot long train.

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The film’s strength is definitely in the fashion itself, thanks to costume designer Jenny Beavan. The  You could say the clothes are characters in their own right, which works as a storytelling device to depict Estella’s transformation to Cruella. I suppose for a movie about fashion designers one-upping each other, the fashion has to be memorable. The production design also does a fabulous job depicting the seventies style, though surely a large part of the budget goes into the song licensing… there so many iconic songs from Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Nina Simone, David Bowie, etc., though I have to admit they aren’t always used well in the film.

To say the movie is style over substance is a gigantic understatement. At 2 hours 14 minute, despite some fun moments, it’s just overlong and bloated. Aside from the costume design, I don’t think Gillespie‘s storytelling is all that groundbreaking nor inventive. It’s nowhere near as daring as it’s fashion, perhaps the house of Mouse committee just wouldn’t allow a ‘family-friendly’ movie to go dark enough. What’s worse, it lacks the biting sense of humor that prevents it from being a rollicking good time. The finale blatantly teases for more Cruella in the future, but one unnecessary movie is already too many. I don’t think it’s worth investing another two hours of my life.

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Have you seen CRUELLA? Well, what did you think?

FlixChatter Review: THE DRY (2021)

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Directed by: Robert Connolly
Starring: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Bebe Bettencourt

There is a lonesome vastness in the Australian countryside; flat landscapes, aged trees sporadically placed within view and oblique farmland ravaged by a drought. These are the opening scenes from Robert Connolly’s The Dry, effectively setting the tone for this brooding but highly entertaining whodunnit based on the book by Jane Harper.

Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to his hometown of Kiewarra, a small farming town a few hours from Melbourne, after his boyhood best friend Luke dies with his family in a presumed murder suicide. Luke’s parents however, aren’t satisfied with the local inquest’s findings and requests Aaron to investigate them further. Reluctantly, he agrees and with the help of a local sergeant, starts looking into the circumstances of Luke’s death. Run-ins with the locals reveal Falk being somewhat of a pariah and that 20 plus years ago was at the center of one of the town’s darkest chapters. To say more would be denying you all the fun…

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Robert Connolly’s direction is precise and compact. Shots and dialogue are as efficient as they come and effectively guide us through the labyrinth of this whodunnit. The film does not try to be too smart to mislead us outright but rather walks us through story. While looking for clues and clichés, The Dry avoids the latter and paves the path for us to follow whether it be dead-end, U-Turn or fork in the road. 

The film has understated performances throughout. Bana is very good as usual and channels something between a much reserved John Robie (from Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief) and Jake Gittes (Chinatown), less cynical but adequately scarred by personal trauma. Keir O’Donnell is fine as Sergeant Raco as are the other supporting players including Genevieve O’Reilly as childhood friend Gretchen. 

Harry Cripps and Connolly’s screenplay is tight and not over the top like other films of the genre. The film’s tone remained consistent throughout but also managed to sprinkle in subtle lighthearted moments (especially the scenes with Raco). While following the tried and true double narrative style, it still managed to avoid the clichés that could’ve turned this very good film into a mediocre one. 

Stefan Duscio’s non-flashy cinematography also helped propel the story forward by using the Australian setting as an essential character of the story. The drought-plagued landscape somehow manages to parallel our own pandemic-changed world with its sense of isolation. Regardless, The Dry is an atmospheric film without shouting itself out.

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While maybe not quite a classic, The Dry is indeed a very good, taut thriller that deserves a good viewing or even a few… Good direction, a well-written script, great performances and excellent cinematography make The Dry interesting, entertaining and engrossing. 

And it kept me guessing.

4/5 stars
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So did you see THE DRY? Let us know what you think!

THIS JUST IN! Marvel’s ETERNALS first trailer

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Boy, Marvel sure takes their time in releasing the trailer! It’s nearly a month ago today that Chloe Zhao won two Oscars for directing and producing NOMADLAND, finally we got the first trailer!

The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants.

Ok, so no mention of the fact that the director is now an Oscar winner, but then again Marvel hasn’t been the kind of studio that touts the filmmakers’ cred like placing ‘From the director …’ on the posters. I suppose they’ve always relied on the project’s IP and the movie itself, which have consistently been first rate.

I have to admit the use of ‘The End Of The World‘ threw me off a bit, it just feels a bit melodramatic but then again, perhaps the movie will be more dramatic (even romantic in nature) than the usual action-packed superhero film. Naturally we an expect a ton of lush pastoral landscapes set during Zhao’s favorite magic hour. The DP is Ben Davis (Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange). Though we haven’t heard the music yet, I’m excited to hear Ramin Djawadi‘s score, glad to see him back in the MCU after the first Iron Man movie!

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So details are scarce from this trailer, as it focuses more on the high-level concept of just who these beings are and why they are here on earth. Based on what I’ve read, the ETERNALS focus on these god-like ancient alien beings known as Celestials, who lived on earth and shaped its history and civilizations. They’ve provided tools to build things, water for life, etc. though they don’t seem to actually interact with humanity, more observant in nature. 

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What’s interesting is, given the story spanned thousands of years, ETERNALS will be set far back in ancient times. Someone on Reddit posted that photo of the Babylonian monument Ishtar Gate (constructed in 575 BC) in Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq.


“We have watched and guided. We have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders.Throughout the years we have never interfered, until now.”

Salma Hayek’s Ajak narrates the trailer. That ‘until now’ part seems to refer to the time earthlings are being attacked by evil monsters known as Deviants, which happens after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Of course there are a bunch of questions in that regard:

Where were the Celestials when Thanos was wrecking havoc and obliterating half of humanity??!

If they’d been around for centuries and walked amongst us, were some of these Celestials affected by the snap?

And just who are the Deviants? Are they even bigger threats than Thanos to warrant the Celestials reuniting to protect us??

Perhaps they’re reveal more in trailer 2 for those non-comic-book readers.

I for one am curious to see the journey of Gemma Chan‘s character Sersi, who Marvel president Kevin Feigi himself has reportedly say as the actual lead of the ensemble. Interesting how her name is similar to Cersei Lannister of Game of Thrones, and her character is shown to be with two actors from GoT, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington. I like Gemma and was disappointed in her tiny role in Captain Marvel, so I’m glad they finally give this talented Brit a meatier role.

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For the most part, the trailer is pretty majestic and stately looking, but the tone switches to something more comedic after the title reveal. It reminds me of the post-credit scene in the first Avengers where the superheroes are eating shawarma together, albeit here the setting looks more like a Thanksgiving feast.

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Who’s Who in the ETERNALS

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I LOVE just how diverse this cast is in terms of gender and race! It’s really about time and I hope that diversity and inclusivity in casting will eventually be the new normal. Thanks to this article, here are a quick cheat sheet as to what characters the actors are playing:

  • Angelina Jolie as “fierce warrior” Thena.
  • Richard Madden as  “all-powerful” Ikaris.
  • Kit Harington as Dane Whitman (who is human).
  • Barry Keoghan as “aloof loner” Druig.
  • Gemma Chan as “humankind-loving” Sersi.
  • Kumail Nanjiani as “cosmic-powered” Kingo.
  • Salma Hayek as “wise and spiritual leader” Ajak.
  • Lauren Ridloff as “super-fast” Makkari.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as “intelligent inventor” Phastos.
  • Lia McHugh as “eternally young, old-soul” Sprite.
  • Don Lee as “powerful” Gilgamesh.

So based on what I’m seeing so far, I’m even more excited to see this movie! ETERNALS is released in the US on November 5th, 2021. Can’t wait!!


So, what do you think of ETERNALS’ first trailer? 

Ranking Mission Impossible films on its 25th Anniversary

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Boy, don’t I feel old!! Can’t believe the Mission Impossible FILM franchise is now 25 years old. The first film opened on May 22, 1996. I remember watching the TV series, created by Bruce Geller, quite regularly and they were a lot of fun. The TV series is more on an ensemble cast, with Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) as the one receiving the classified recording telling him of his team’s mission, which then self destructs.

Now, I thought the first MI movie felt decidedly much darker, and this time instead of an ensemble, we’ve got the protagonist Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) who always receives the message that he then relays to the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team. Even the poster above only features his famous profile, and he remains the top draw of the entire franchise. The series features more and more daring stunts, given Cruise is such an adrenaline junkie, but fortunately, since Christopher McQuarrie came on board after they had a good working relationship in Jack Reacher, the movies have improved as well.

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Now, having seen the latter 3 films fairly recently, I thought I’d rank the six films in the order of WORST (least favorite) to BEST:

6. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)

Directed by: John Woo

IMF agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called “Chimera”.

I barely remember much about this movie as I haven’t rewatched it since seeing it the first time. I think the opening with Cruise hanging off a rock was pretty cool, but Dougray Scott made for a lame villain as disavowed I.M.F. Agent. He just isn’t menacing and comes across melodramatic and whiny. Poor Thandie Newton also comes across as nothing more than a damsel in distress.

5. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1996)

Directed by: Brian De Palma

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

I actually quite like this one despite being oh-so-serious. For one, I like Kristin Scott Thomas in an action movie and the setting in Old Town Prague is really atmospheric. It’s also got some top-notch actors, i.e. Jon Voigt and Vanessa Redgrave. I have to say that the multiple double-crossing plots questioning Ethan’s loyalty proves to be too convoluted that it takes the fun out of it. But at least some of the action scenes are memorable, especially the server room scene that’s iconic and full of suspense. The final chase scene involving a chopper, bullet train inside a tunnel is beyond ridiculous but of course so exhilarating to watch.

4. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III (2006)

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

IMF agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancée in response.

Still sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman is gone. He’s an intriguing choice as a villain and he’s believably sadistic. I think I’m just not too crazy about the love story between Ethan and Julia (Michelle Monaghan), though later in the franchise, they figured out a nice closure for the two. It’s still very much an Ethan-centric story that talented people like Keri Russell and Billy Crudup are pretty much wasted here.

3. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Ghost Protocol (2011) – full review

Directed by: Brad Bird

The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

This is the one with the Burj Khalifa and perhaps one of my all time favorite action scenes (not just in a Mission Impossible movies!). It’s also the first time Brandt (Jeremy Renner) is introduced and he’s been an interesting character to follow. I also feel like the tone is decidedly lighter here and feature more of an ensemble piece with Simon Pegg + Paula Patton (who brings such sexy vibe to the team), though I miss Ving Rhames in this one. Despite having a so-so villain (Michael Nyqvist), this one plays like a popcorn Summer blockbuster despite being released during the holiday season. 

2. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Rogue Nation (2015) – full review

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet when they have to eradicate an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are and committed to destroying the IMF.

Thank you McQuarrie for making an already watchable franchise and truly make it great. Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust is perhaps my favorite casting pick in the entire franchise, she is absolutely dynamite–smart,sexy, no-nonsense–I think she’s Ethan’s equal in the spy game as she’s a former MI6 agent. Ferguson also gives Cruise a run for his money in the charm department, which is why the Vienna Opera House scene stands as one of my favorite action sequences in the MI movies. I quite like seeing Alec Baldwin as a CIA operative, but I can’t say I’m too fond of Sean Harris as the villain, mainly because of his gravely voice. Still, there are more good than bad that I still rate this movie pretty highly.

1. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Fallout (2018) – full review

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

I was thrilled to see McQuarrie back directing an MI movie AND to have Rebecca Ferguson back, yay! Pretty much the regular MIF team are back, with Angela Bassett + Henry Cavill added as CIA agents, and Vanessa Kirby as a mysterious woman called the White Widow. Cavill proves to be a pretty darn good addition and I actually enjoy him SO much more than in his role as Superman (aside from Man of Steel). LOVE the sequence in Paris night club, plus it’s got a fantastically-bombastic finally involving in yet another chopper chase. Having rewatched this several times, I definitely would rate Fallout as the best Mission: Impossible film to date. It’s full of humor, great tensions and spectacular actions sequences that you can’t wait to see what crazy Cruise will tackle next!


So, are you a fan of this franchise? How would YOU rank the six MI movies so far?