Tom Cruise Mission Impossible Series, Best to Worst and Why

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by valkyrie013, May 6, 2021.

  1. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    I've seen the behind-the-scenes footage. Yes, he does it for real, and not only in Paramount movies (one of his biggest for-real set pieces in recent years was the airplane-crash sequence in Universal's 2017 The Mummy). Lots of lead actors these days do their own stunts, ever since The Matrix made it chic. It's practically routine in feature films, hardly unique to Tom Cruise. So there's no reason to doubt it.

    The ironic thing about the HALO jump sequence in M:I: Fallout was that the jump was real (there's extensive behind-the-scenes footage), but everything else about the final sequence was fake, with the clear sky being replaced with a digital thunderstorm above a digital Paris. Which kind of defeats the purpose of doing it for real. (Well, that and the fact that there's absolutely no plot reason why they needed to conduct a HALO jump to get into a party.)
     
  2. CorporalClegg

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    If Hollywood decided every set piece and stunt based on pragmatic and practical purposes, there would be a lot less movies.
     
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  3. Mr. Laser Beam

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    You say that like it's a bad thing. :D
     
  4. CorporalClegg

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    Well, yeah. Film productions employ a lot of people.
     
  5. Garak

    Garak I'd Like to Speak to T'Bonz Premium Member

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    Post reported

    Mods, please ban @Foxhot
     
  6. CorporalClegg

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    It's not his fault. He can't handle the truth.
     
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  7. Timby

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    The man is insane. He literally had production of Top Gun: Maverick shut down because he wanted to learn how to actually fly a fighter jet.

    And Ghost Protocol is the only one of the movies I ever care to rewatch. Fallout was pretty good, I suppose, but I'm just not a huge fan of McQuarrie's directing, he very rarely comes up with good compositions. Rogue Nation bored me to tears.

    M:I-2 is a lot of fun when I'm high, though, because it's just so incredibly silly.
     
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  8. Foxhot

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    Indeed. PREMIERE claimed Cruise volunteered to take a drug to simulate paraplegia for his BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY performance (which was uncharacteristically excellent).................even after he was warned it might paralyze him permanently. There's dedication, recklessnesss and far worse descriptions.

    That being said, THE FIRM film and the first M-Imp are jams in my jelly roll.
     
  9. Kor

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    It's been a while since I watched any of them aside from Fallout when it was released, so let me think...

    #2 is pretty much on the bottom of my list for various reasons already mentioned in this thread. Whenever I do a re-watch of the movie series, I skip that one. I think the only other John Woo movie I've seen was Paycheck, and I didn't like that one either.

    I like MI #1, except that Jim Phelps never seemed like the same Jim Phelps from the original series. It's perfectly understandable that Peter Graves didn't want to participate, but if they couldn't get him, then they should have just made a completely new character (or maybe as an easter egg, bring back some guest character from the original). Unlike others, I am not against the concept of the Phelps character turning against IMF. But this guy just didn't seem like Phelps at all.

    To me, #3 onward feels like a separate arc of its own. #3 is a solid setup for the rest, but I find GP, RN and FO a little more entertaining to watch (all three about equally).

    So maybe I would rank these all as follows:
    #1
    GP,RN,FO
    #3 slightly below
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  10. Mr. Laser Beam

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    He wasn't.

    I mean, there's no way the Cruise films can possibly be actual sequels to the series. Like nuBSG - they're reboots. So in a very real sense, it is a different Jim Phelps.

    Although that doesn't make it any less pathetic what the first film did to him. ;)
     
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  11. Foxhot

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    This bodes ill?
    Actually, I've only been reported twice and the first report was from myself. Now, I find this situation much more arousing.:cool: