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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, a film which came out in 2018,  finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Director Christopher McQuarrie brings tension and fun to Ethan Hunt’s sixth adventure.

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of legendary proportions. A group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Fallout delivers the death-defying stunts the series demands. Cleanly choreographed scenes show the 56-year-old Cruise bungee-jumping into the eye of a lightning storm and saying rough lines such as: “We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it”. The charismatic Cruise commands motorcycles, helicopters, ropes and rubber masks. 

This may well be the best Mission: Impossible movie yet. Mission: Impossible — Fallout steps up the action — as impossible a mission as that might sound. Genre convention means it’s a predictable conclusion that this mission is not, in fact, “impossible”, but writer-director Christopher McQuarrie cleverly controls the ticking clock quality that makes these films so much fun. This film grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. 

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Skyfall

The movie “Skyfall”, that came out in 2012 was directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig as the one and only – James Bond, also known as agent 007. Skyfall is the 23rd James Bond film. For a film that is 143-minute long (the second longest Bond film), Skyfall doesn’t feel like it drags and it is an exciting, entertaining film. I think it’s one of the best Bonds ever.

When James Bond’s latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a turn of events. Undercover agents around the world are exposed, and MI6 is attacked, forcing them to relocate the agency. The head of M16 turns to the one man she can trust: James Bond. Although he fails the physical and psychological examinations, the head of M16 allows him to return to the field. Bond takes on the challenge and heads off on his mission. From the opening in Istanbul to the final shootout in Scotland, this film is as action filled as it can get. Daniel Craig looks older and more mature. This is a Bond who has something to prove, physically and even mentally. 

There’s a theory that you can grade the Bonds on the quality of their villains. In “Skyfall,” this is a intellectual megalomaniac named Silva, played by Javier Bardem. He plays a bleached blond computer whiz who stole the drive containing the guarded identities of every MI6 agent. While Daniel Craig wins all the attention, the Spanish actor’s performance in Skyfall has made him acclaimed as the best Bond villain yet.

If you love watching action films that include romance, comedy and even drama then I highly recommend watching this exceptional movie. What surprises me the most is how every time a James Bond movie comes out, it just keeps getting better and better.

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Everest

“Everest” is a 2015 survival film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts

In March 1996, several climbers arrive at Mount Everest base camp to prepare for a climb to the summit. Three months later, the climbers start their journey towards the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, one of the fiercest blizzards. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must survive the blistering winds and freezing temperatures.

The film was filmed both in Nepal and at the Alps. It was shot beautifully, in 3D and included powerful sound effects that provide a realistic experience.

To sum-up, I truly recommend watching this fantastic movie, especially in 3D. It was inspiring yet heartbreaking, you will definitely remember this experience.

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Million Dollar Baby

“Million Dollar Baby” is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, produced and starring Clint Eastwood. Hilary Swank plays the main character of Maggie, the hillbilly waitress who dreams of becoming a boxing champion.

Maggie decides to pursue her dream of becoming a boxer. Frankie the boxing trainer who is played by Eastwood, is skeptical about women fighters. He keeps telling Maggie that she’s too old to start training, and tells her he won’t train her. Maggie is extremely determined to prove Frankie wrong, and on her 32nd birthday, Frankie finally agrees to train her.

A year and a half later, Maggie wants to win the title of the world championship. During the fight Maggie suffers from a serious injury that leaves her paralyzed for life. frankie deals with Maggie’s heartbreaking request to disconnect her breathing tubs and let her die. In this final Scene, we can all identify with Maggie’s suffering: the glory that could have been and the horrible turn of events that has left her helpless. Without hope of recovery, she attempts suicide, before finally persuading Frankie to help her die.

I highly recommend watching this beautiful movie. It teaches you an important lesson about persistence and determination. Although the ending is heartbreaking, the movie has an uplifting feel to it, and I am sure you will feel inspired either way.

 

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