Review: Movies with Colons

Movies with Colons (The punctuation mark not the anatomical feature, you pervs.)

I came home after a late work night last night with the urge to watch some action movie violence. Here’s my review of Mad Max: Fury Road and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Two action movies whose titles both have colons in them, but beyond that are nothing alike.

MFury Roadad Max: Fury Road
4 out of 5 Stars 4 out of 5 stars

Finally watched George Miller’s latest, long-delayed Mad Max movie. Strangely beautiful and absolutely visually gripping. Could not rip my eyes from the screen. The first two parts particularly. The third part (the return and finale) were pretty standard action fare (though amazingly shot). The first two parts, (intro & initial chase, and the marsh,) just totally gripping.

Okay, so there’s little to nothing to the plot, but… The art design, action, stunts, cinematography, effects, and initial barrage of out of this world visuals and characters left me utterly stunned and entranced. In some ways it was really like stepping into another world. The only thing keeping it from five stars to my mind was the overly simplistic plot requiring little to no dialog and the inevitable fall into a typical hero action-movie finale. The first two parts though kept true to the original movie while taking it to an all new level. Highly recommend giving this movie a watch.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation PosterMission Impossible: Rogue Nation
2 out of 5 Stars 2 out of 5 stars

When it started my first thought was. “Wow, Tom Cruise needs to lay off the Botox… And the steroids.” Okay by this point I was pretty tired. Worked late, watched the stunning Fury Road, and then watched this “same old, same old”. It could not keep my attention. It wasn’t until probably half way through that I was at all interested, and then only mildly.

As much as I like Simon Pegg, it’s incredibly unfortunate that he continues to attach himself to Bad Robot (aka J.J. Abrams). As far as Christopher McQuarrie (the writer & director) goes: I loved his screenplay for The Usual Suspects, but like so much of his recent work after parting ways with Bryan Singer and tying himself to Tom Cruise, this was pretty much a complete excuse for action without a decent excuse for a plot or logic to tie it together.

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