Defying the logic of diminishing returns on franchises, the Mission Impossible team is currently working on the sixth film for next year. That will put movie six out 22 years after movie one with largely the same cast intact. It was a franchise that didn’t really explode until JJ Abrams and Brad Bird delivered movies three and four, and they stand as two of the best action movies in recent memory. Christopher McQuarrie’s Rogue Nation wasn’t quite up to par with those two, but delivered a tremendously good time starting from this: the very first scene in the film. You have Simon Pegg freaking out in a ghillie suit while everyone on the team is screaming at him, which is a nice bit of reminding everyone of the current IMF team. All in pursuit of getting poor Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) from OUTSIDE the giant plane he’s currently dangling off like a wind sock to INSIDE the giant plane before he becomes meat paste. It’s Mission Impossible at its finest.
George Miller’s Mad Max series finally got the budget to make Miller’s truly insane version of the post-apocalypse come to life last summer. The result was one of the best films of the year, and the most lauded summer blockbuster (10 nominations) that I can recall the Academy ever noticing. The film is just insane. Explaining it to someone who hasn’t seen it, is nearly impossible. It’s gorgeous and grotesque and SO BIZARRE! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the first real chase scene in the film where Max (Tom Hardy) is strapped to the front of a car as a hood ornament/human blood bag (yep, read that right) and the entire mad convoy is accompanied by my favorite non-Star Wars character of 2015: inexplicable flaming guitar guy. The convoy has an entire truck dedicated to a guy playing a guitar spewing flames and is backed by enough amps to deafen the world. That’s the kind of gonzo awesome weirdness that made Fury Road such a pleasure. What a lovely day!
I know, I know, Mad Max was first, but I’ve played several hundred hours of the three Borderlands games over the last few years and when I look at this movie, I think it’s midget shootin’ time (that probably sounds really bad if you haven’t played the games). They’ve certainly gone all out in trying to resurrect the Mad Max franchise. The fourth installment starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult hits theaters on May 15, 2015.
I’m going to be honest: I was going to give myself the weekend off. It’s been a bit stressy, thanks for asking, and I didn’t see anything that warranted a full KT post (though quite a few things have gone up on the exploding http://www.facebook.com/killingtime2014). That was until I saw that the Christopher McQuarrie-helmed fifth installment of Mission: Impossible had a title and a trailer. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation recently (and wisely) moved out being crushed by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to a July 31, 2015 release date. In addition to Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt’s, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner will return joined by newcomers Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. Check out the teaser and a full-length trailer will follow shortly.