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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg

Plot: Ethan Hunt and his team must stop a mad man from detonating several nuclear devices

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

It is quite amazing that after 22 years and six films the Mission Impossible franchise is still going strong, and the movies are getting better all the time. This is another edge-of-your seat. nail biting, action flick that will have you holding your breath and squirming in your seat trying to avoid the things flying at you. 

 

The cast is incredible with several past characters making dramatic returns as well as a strong role for Henry Cavill. They all bring a dynamic to the film that could not be achieved by lesser actors.

 

There are only two things that I didn't like about this film. First, the twist was way to easy to figure out. I had it nailed in the first few minutes of the movie, then it was just a matter of waiting around for the film to catch up with what I already knew. I'm sure you'll figure it out early as well. Second, the movie is way too long. It is just shy of 2 1/2 hours. At that length, the truly impossible mission is trying to watch the whole movie without going to the bathroom.

 

Aside from those minor annoyances, this is a fun, fast-paced, action-packed film that is a great popcorn flick from beginning to end. It has all of the old tricks and gimmicks that made the original TV show fun to watch, but it also keeps itself current with all of the high tech gadgets.

 

If you are looking for a good action flick, this may be the best one of the Summer.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 25, 2016

Director: Zach Snyder

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams

Plot: Two superheroes face off against each other while a criminal mastermind antagonizes them

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Oh, how high were the hopes I had for this movie. I was geeked up from the first time I heard about it until the movie started playing on the massive IMAX screen. Then I said, "hmmm...that's an odd beginning." But I was still geeked. Then I sat through the next 2 1/2 hours and came to the realization that this film is nothing more than a hot mess.

 

When Ben Affleck was picked for the Batman role there was a collective "wait, what? Really?" and that questioning turned out to be well warranted. The script for his part makes him a one-dimensional character with flimsy motivation and a boring character arc. Affleck brings nothing to the role to help the situation.

 

Superman's motivation and character arc is even worse than Batman's. (Essentially, he hates Batman because Batman hates him). This movie is mostly about the Superman story, but Superman doesn't drive the plot. He is reactionary at best, but more often he's just off doing his own thing.

 

The best part of the entire film is Jesse Eisenberg. He is amazing in his role as the damaged, genius son of Lex Luthor. (A lot of people have written about how terrible he is as Lex Luthor...he's NOT Lex Luthor, and he's anything but terrible). His character is captivating, creepy, scary and desperately needed to keep the film moving forward.

 

I hate the fact that this movie isn't that good. The CGI is lacking, the dialogue is off (and sometimes painfully lame), and the conflict is superficial, and nearly non-existent considering the main characters face off for about 5 minutes of the entire 151 minute flick.

 

For those of you that are really into comic book movies, go see this one anyway. Go see it in the biggest theater with the best sound possible. Spend the money to geek out on it with all of your nerd herd buddies. There is nothing I, nor anybody else, can say that will keep you from seeing this movie. I will say though that I will be shocked if anyone loves it so much they go back a second or third time.

 

For those of you that aren't into comic book films, go ahead and skip this one. For you, it will just be a poorly done action flick.

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Rated: PG-13

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander

Plot: US and Russian spies must work together to stop a mad man from getting a nuclear weapon.

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you are a tried and true fan of the James Bond franchise save your money for SPECTRE. This is not James Bond. It's not bad at all, in fact there is a lot about it that is quite enjoyable. It just has a completely different feel than you would expect from a typical spy flick. That probably has a lot to do with it being written, produced, and directed by Guy Ritchie.

 

I am always wary of a film that has one person in charge of so much. Especially if that person is one that is incapable of hearing the word "no" from his employees. (See: MacFarlane, Seth). But Ritchie actually made a movie worth seeing.

 

I wouldn't pay full price to see this flick simply because Henry Cavill's speech pattern is insufferably annoying and Armie Hammer's Russian accent is passable at best. Unfortunately, the two of them talk throughout the whole film.

 

I will say that the plot is interesting and suspenseful, there is a lot of great action and the laughs are plenty. You won't be disappointed seeing this film in theaters, but it's not going to be a long-lasting fan favorite.