A Week In Film #453: More Bourned than Bonded


Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Enjoyable franchise extender, which manages to balance out Bourne and Bond tendencies exquisitely in a hokey, globetrotting yarn about spies and assassins. With Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alex Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. Absolutely superfluous plot, but beautifully executed set pieces from writer-director Chris McQuarrie.

[War For The Planet Of The Apes title screen]
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Excellent return to the reboot series from Dawn director Matt Reeves, who visualises a post-virus world where apes and humans struggle for survival and/or supremacy impeccably. Sterling work introducing concepts and cues from the original series, and absolutely astounding effects. For what is in large part a movie without (human) dialogue, the acting is impeccable, with Andy Serkis setting the bar high as Casear. Steve Zahn’s new character brings some welcome relief, though there is great pathos there too. Woody Harrelson’s driven human character is perhaps the only bum note – Harrelson has played this kind of conflicted, dangerous man (and Matthew McConaughey’s soldier in Reign Of Fire seems a decent reference point too) so much better elsewhere, and there is a wholly needless scene involving a massive chunk of overcooked exposition that does let the film down. Still very good though.

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