Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt for another impossible mission, as the first trailer has dropped for Mission: Impossible – Fall Out.
Mission: Impossible – Fall Out, the sixth film in the franchise, will follow IMF agent Ethan and his team in a race against time after a mission goes disastrously wrong.
Also starring Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, and Angela Bassett, little is known about the film but set pictures have shown Ethan with Soloman Lane; last time we saw Solomon he was sealed in a bulletproof case about to be shipped to the IMF, so has Tom helped him to escape, or is Soloman working with the good guys… or is something more mysterious going on?
Tom broke his ankle last summer as he stunts in London, causing Mission: Impossible 6 filming to be halted for seven weeks – but he was back performing his own stunts weeks later.
Tom recently shared some gruesome clips of the moment he broke his ankle during filming, telling Graham Norton: ‘I was chasing Henry and was meant to hit the side of the wall and pull myself over but the mistake was my foot hitting the wall.
‘I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take.
‘I said, “It’s broken. That’s a wrap. Take me to hospital.” And then everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangements.’
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.