Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Last watched: October 2014
Review Date: November 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: HD TV
“Have we met?”
Here we go with another Tom Cruise centric blockbuster, right? Well, kinda but not quite. Tom is in it and he’s the hero he’s going to save the world. So far, all as normal. However, he isn’t acting as Mr Macho Action man and from the start, it’s clear that he has a bit more anti-hero about him and maybe even an every-man quality. Its nice to see.
the film, Tom-laden as it inevitably is, is filled with two other things; scifi tech and bad-ass aliens. In fact these aliens are so bad-ass that fof the most part they are mean whirling death machines. Which is fun! They do exactly what they are there for, no big moral dilemmas. I know I shouldn’t compare films but its a bit like a more glossy version of Star Troopers.
So direction, production, plot, acting and scifi cohesion is all good. Lots of British actors in bit parts and most of them are are just eye-candy to surround the Cruisenator.
Plot: Well, you kinda know what the final outcome will be and most of the rest is a means to an end, that end being to show Tom doing the same things in different ways. Maybe a bit weird thinking that they need to attack a beach but hey, why not.
Problem with it is that there isn’t much happening. Oh, loads of action moments and things blowing up but, when you think back, the idea feels like a short story rather than a novel. Maybe even one made for kids as the action and blowing up things is strangely non violent. I don’t pretend to understand it myself but I didn’t get much grit to the film, even with Tom and then rest of the cast putting in fine performances.
I’d watch again for the scifi nerd in me but probably with mind switched off.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Perhaps I already have, many times….?