Devin and I accept the impossible mission of marveling at the action in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” while keeping top of mind the sinister implications of Tom Cruise’s stardom.
On this M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I dug deep into the pleasures of the latest installment in the unkillable Mission: Impossible movie series. Then we offered some words of caution about Tom Cruise in light of Devin recently watching the Alex Gibney documentary Going Clear.
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Tom Cruise is a movie star for a reason. With his square jaw, dazzling smile and effortless physicality, he’s the man we feel comfortable entrusting with sci-fi action because he has a near-perfect combination of humanity and inhumanity. But he can be boring. Last year’s Oblivion tried to compensate for Cruise’s inherent and often beneficial blankness by literally multiplying the number of Cruises onscreen. Edge of Tomorrow takes a different and far more successful approach: Cruise’s blankness becomes the joke, and the narrative “Edge of Tomorrow”: See It Todayengine, and the emotional hook. Hidden beneath his muscular exterior is the man we all fear we’d be.