Will There Ever Be A Second Ethan Hunt?

 

The James Bond franchise has had an enormous impact on the film industry as a whole, and it has influenced countless action films and parodies alike over the years. Even as the Bond franchise keeps moving along, the creative minds behind it are doing an exceptional job of making it modern without losing its old charm. And thus, it keeps setting an example for the other action and spy films of today. But in all of Hollywood, no film or franchise has mimicked the Bond movies so closely as Mission: Impossible.

The Mission: Impossible series is all about fancy tech, incredible action, and heroic measures. It concerns a single agent who keeps upping the ante on his own “impossible” feats, and he a reliable team of experts that he relies upon for support. There’s always sex appeal, a car chase, and impromptu journeys abroad in search of some villain or clue. And every piece of that description could also fit neatly into a Bond project.

The key difference is in the longevity of each series, and in the fact that while numerous actors have embodied James Bond, Tom Cruise has embodied Mission: Impossible’s Ethan Hunt since 1996 without interruption. But with Cruise now 53 years old (albeit an incredibly fit and sprightly 53), it’s become fair to wonder if his own spy series has any staying power beyond his own work.

The most recent installment, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was a fine action film in which Cruise was as lively as ever, and the action as exciting as we’ve seen. It was truly one of the better action movies of the last few years and proved once more than this series has continually improved since its debut in 1996. And rumour has it Cruise is already working on a sixth film, with plans to star yet again as Ethan Hunt (though no casting decisions have officially been confirmed).

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And even beyond continuation of the movie series, Mission: Impossible is proving to have more staying power and more cultural reach than many ever would have predicted. For one thing, it’s become a beacon of product placement almost akin to the Bond franchise. In the previous MI film, Ghost Protocol, BMW debuted a new hybrid electric sports car that made a lot of waves for its placement in the action sequences. And everything, from Tom Cruise’s sunglasses down to his watch, was strategically placed to look like a futuristic spy gadget—much like Bond accessories in so many films from years past.

We’ve also seen Mission: Impossible extend into new avenues of entertainment such as gaming, which is something Bond has always excelled with. There’s been nothing relevant to console players for several years, but this site shows that the series has even become relevant in online poker spheres—despite poker being much more closely associated with Bond, and rather irrelevant in Mission: Impossible. Cinematic and pop culture themes for online poker rooms are quite common, but the placement of a Mission: Impossible promotion during the same month in which Spectre was released speaks volumes for how much the series has grown and taken over the cultural zeitgeist.

And on top of all of this, the Mission: Impossible movies are still making incredible amounts of money. So what reason would the studio have to call it quits when Cruise has finally had enough of speeding around the world as Ethan Hunt? Back in the late-’60s it probably would have sounded bizarre to suggest that anyone but Sean Connery could depict James Bond. Yet 50 years later that series—the very one on which Mission: Impossible is so clearly based or at least influenced by—is moving right along with a sixth actor in its signature role. Connery_1

Don’t be surprised if Mission: Impossible ultimately moves ahead in a similar fashion. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Cruise embodying Ethan Hunt, but we’ve seen this story before.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

logoDirector: Adrian Lyne

Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin (Screenplay)

Starring: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq La Salle, Ving Rhames

Plot: Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Confusing Thriller

Story: Jacob’s Ladder starts with Jacob (Robbins) during the Vietnam war where his unit comes under attack from first an airborne toxic before coming up against the enemy. Jacob alone finds himself stabbed before waking from his nightmares in present day. In the present day Jacob is involved in a relationship with Jezzie (Pena) after his previous marriage didn’t work out where he lost a son.

Jacob finds himself having flashbacks between present time and his time in Vietnam while also becoming paranoid about a series of events that seem to be following him with ghost like images around. We follow Jacob has he has to put the pieces together as he tries to figure out what is happening in his life and what is actually real as he discovers his fellow platoon also happen to be experiencing these visions.

Jacob’s Ladder brings us into the world of a war veteran as he deals with his own personal issues, we also get to see him question his own sanity and have to solve what is happening to him. While this all comes off confusing it gets made even more confusing the final moments makes a lot of the film come off like what happened?

Actor Review

Tim Robbins: Jacob is the Vietnam war veteran who has lived through the marriage which fell apart after they lost a child and involved with a new woman. He starts seeing images all around him of ghost like figures which seems to follow him around while also jumping between time leaving him feeling paranoid about just what is real. Tim gives one of his best performances of his career with the constant look of paranoia on his face.

Elizabeth Pena: Jezzie is the new girlfriend of Jacob who doesn’t like his former marriage she tries to support him but easily snaps when Jacob starts freaking out. Elizabeth gives a good performance as the love interest dealing with the issues of Jacob.

Danny Aiello: Louis is Jacob’s trust chiropractor who knows all the issues Jacob has been having, he is one of the few people who understands what is going on without ever having been part of the war. Danny gives us a good supporting performance that works for his scenes but in the end isn’t involved enough.

Matt Craven: Michael is the man who created the experiment and has been trying to help uncover the truth the government has been hiding. Matt gives us a basic supporting role that never gets enough time to give the most detail.

Support Cast: Jacob’s Ladder has a supporting cast that all come into small moments of the life of Jacob each one ends up making him wonder about what is happening just when he thinks he knows the answers.

Director Review: Adrian LyneAdrian brings us a mind bending mystery thriller that keeps us guessing from start to finish.

Horror: Jacob’s Ladder brings us the horror of what happens to Jacob’s mind set as the story unfolds showing how certain things could be real or not.

Mystery: Jacob’s Ladder leaves us wondering about what is happening, what is real and how will we find the answers.

Settings: Jacob’s Ladder keeps the settings easy to tell which time period we are in with it either being the war, present or the first marriage.
Special Effects: Jacob’s Ladder has great effects to create the horror effects during the film.

Suggestion: Jacob’s Ladder is one to try, I will rate it highly but I would understand how it does come off confusing in places. (Try It)

Best Part: Confusing style.

Worst Part: Was it all for nothing?

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $26 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer’s nightmare is that he isn’t dreaming.

Overall: Mind bending mystery thriller that keeps yo guessing.

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New Release – All That Remains

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UK Release Date: 15th November 2015

Stars: Leo Ashizawa, Yuna Shin, Meg Kubota

Genres: Biography/Drama/History

Plot: The true story of Dr. Takashi Nagai, scientific pioneer, war hero, Christian convert and survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, who worked tirelessly in his efforts to heal the wounds of a country utterly devastated by war.

Anticipation Rating 7/10

Guess Rating 8/10

2015 Watched List Part 27

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

So without further ramblings here we go with 271 – 280:

  1. One Day in September logoThis is the documentary following the tragic events in the Berlin Olympics where terrorist killed Israeli athletes. Oscar winning documentary that should be watched.
  2. Kingsman logo Second viewing of the year, and it is still one of my favourite of the year.
  3. Chappielogo When one man wants to turn his police robot into a friendly robot it gets caught up in the middle of a battle he didn’t need to be. People hated this one but it does have some good moments.
  4. Oliver, Stoned. logo A slacker must learn to grow up and give up his drug habits. Solid low budget comedy.
  5. Siren logo A young woman who has the ability to make male do anything for her finally meets her match in a guy with no sense of smell who can finally see her for who she really is. Nice low budget film worth a watch.
  6. Transit logo A vacationing family becomes target of thieves after they use the family car to transport their loot past police barricades. Basic action film that all works well.
  7. Blood Cells – We follow a man travelling across England to see his family after a tragic event pushed them apart. Good drama that has been winning indie awards.
  8. The Man Who Knew Too Much logo When a man befriends a stranger on holiday not everything is what it seems as he needs to uncover the truth. Early Hitchcock work here.
  9. Lizzie Borden Took an Axe logo The famous crime in America that never really got solved which adds mystery to it all. I thought there was a supernatural side to the story so I was disappointed with this one.
  10. Spring logo When an American goes travelling to get other personal issues he finds himself drawn to mysterious woman who has a secret that has a secret. A very weird but beautiful horror film.

The Best – Kingsmanlogo

The Worst – Transitlogo