Lon Chaney commits as he always does but the film can't quite match his energy with its melodramatic twists and turns, which include a master plan of revenge so complex it should be on a whiteboard with red string.
The Mamet-iest Mamet that ever Mamet-ed:
The fast-talking man who's condescending to the newcomer, the deception, the Mamet-speak where some lines are recited rather than spoken by real people. It's all there, x1000, & even the great William H. Macy can't save 1.5 hours of:
John: *insert half-interrupted monologue*, "You see?"
Carol: "but why???" [mysterious side-eye]
*interrupting back and forth ad infinitum*
Wrongheaded and endlessly infuriating, even more so in the #MeToo age.
1 star for Macy's performance.
I'm at a loss on how to review this one after just one viewing.
As a story, MI3 & Rogue Nation are both more satisfying. As an action film, this is the crowning achievement of the franchise.
All I know is...when I watched this with my girlfriend, we both:
-Sang along when the theme song started.
-Nerded out when Simon Pegg showed up.
-Got excited at every "Tom Cruise run"
-Nervously held hands during every amazing action setpiece.
-Felt like we had been through something so special, thrilling, and cathartic.