Never tell me the odds.
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Wow. How are people not freaking out about this? I’d read about how this movie came to be and I was excited to see it play out - but nobody told me about this interwoven, connected, and thrilling Rubix cube of a movie. And in Soderbergh fashion, it is also stylish and dazzling. I was fixated from the start and held on tight.
Even though I’m growing weary of these narcissistic depictions of NY millennials that began with Broad City and have continued with Search Party and Save Yourselves, the initial idea of a young Brooklyn couple give up their phones and struggle to navigate everyday life and an alien invasion is pretty fun. And the truth is - it is kind of fun. It keeps a light tone throughout, even as things get violent. And I could watch John Reynolds all day.
Mansplaining: The Movie
Whether Cruise is breaking arms or traffic laws, Christopher McQuarrie directs the action incredibly well, making it both easy to follow and excitingly visceral. It starts strong, with a gripping opening sequence and a well-written, pulpy interrogation. But the dialog begins to fray as the characters reveal they are merely satellites revolving around their sun. All hail Jack Reacher, our cardboard cutout of a hero who knows everything, sees everything, and loses nothing... because he has nothing…
Commander Swanbeck: What? To go to bed with a man and lie to him? She's a woman - she's got all the training she needs.
Sean Ambrose: You know women, mate. Like monkeys, they are - won't let go of one branch until they've got hold of the next.
Ethan Hunt: We just rolled up a snowball and tossed it into hell. Now let's see what chance it has.
I guess the only impossible part of this mission was saying…