Let me begin by saying this is not a movie review…
However, I did see the new Tom Cruise movie Mission Impossible last night. In all its Imax glory. Jack had assured me it was top notch – and I won’t argue that – however I’ll pass along a few things worth noting.
Starting with the intense opening scene.
Without getting into the specifics, I will tell you this; the volume at at AMC’s Studio 30 in Olathe was kinda painful. To the point of being annoying. That from a guy who has a lifetime achievement award for blasting movies and music at sound pressure levels that many find offensive.
It wasn’t a quality type of deafening either. Rather it was harsh and heavy with too much emphasis on higher and midrange frequencies.
Something had to be wrong.
So wrong that I actually left the theater to tip off an AMC staffer that he might want to look into it.
"I’ll check it out," he said. "But the Imax is set at a certain level."
And so it went. After a while it sorta seemed normal. Really loud normal. So much that the GF said she felt like she’d just left an incredibly loud rock concert.
So if getting your ears blasted half off is something that sounds less than appealing, you may want to save a few bucks and opt for the standard issue Mission Impossible, which I believe opens today.
As for the Imax experience, only portions of the movie were shot in Imax, Jack says. And you can tell. Some of the panoramic scenes of Dubai are breathtaking. As were a number of the key action sequences. I guess they save a lot of money by not doing the entire movie in Imax, but it’s spectacular enough at times, that if you can weather the sound storm, go for it. Or maybe try the old napkins in the ears trick.
Did you know Tom Cruise turns 50 this coming July?
Knowing that going in I was curious to see how he looked. Cruise still looks pretty young, but nothing like in the original Mission Impossible 15 years ago. Or even five years back in Mission Impossible III.
While Cruise still looks good he’s no Ashton Kutcher.
So when you see the wildly improbable stunts and feats of daring he allegedly accomplishes as a 50 year-old dude, well, seeing is far from believing. In one scene in which Cruise wears a beard, one of the side shots make him look a little like a young Tom Selleck.
I say young because Selleck is 66 now.
However he was only 35 when he first starred in the television series Magnum P.I. and 43 when it ended. And Selleck didn’t fake do 100th of the feats we’re supposed to believe Cruise pulls off with barely a single, minor, fleeting concussion.
So be sure to engage your suspension of disbelief.
Quick aside; the rich dude who tries to bed co-star Paula Patton looks an awful lot like Mancow.
I’d like to not give away the ending, but I can’t stop myself.
Why didn’t they just quit while they were ahead? At well over two hours in length, the movie is already a bit long. Yet instead of going out clean, they tacked on a tres queer, post action, buddy scene and added some nonsense about Cruise relationship with his supposedly dead wife. Why? Who cares at that point?
If time is of the essence, you may want to cut out after all the bad guys are dead and clear the ringing sound from your head.
That is, if you go to the Imax version and that AMC dude was telling me the truth about the sound being pre-set.