Well well well. We’re officially getting a new Mission Impossible. Should you be excited?
Okay, I wasn’t too sure about where to start with this one so let’s just see how this goes.
I love spy fiction, whether it’s a novel, a film, TV series or whatever; if it’s good I’ll watch it. That said, not every piece of spy fiction will be gold – sometimes you’ll get clay instead, right? There are many different book series and film franchises in the spy fiction genre as a whole. See, I can name four right off the top of my head:
- James Bond
- Jason Bourne
- Mission Impossible
- Spy Kids
I grew up with characters like James Bond, Ethan Hunt and the Cortez family, but I didn’t see the Bourne films until I was about 13 or 14 years old at which point my enthusiasm for these types of films had somewhat faded. It was always the same thing over and over again.
The Spy Film Formula
Some big baddie wants to take over the world/destroy the world using <insert plot device here> and it’s up to a single man or small team to stop him using high-tech gadgets. It got pretty boring after a while and eventually the only reason to watch the films was to see the gadgets in action.
In recent years though, that seems to have changed somewhat with the times – a fact I’m very thankful for. Each of the four franchises listed have made a comeback of sorts with new releases. I can already hear your question: “What’s this got to do with Mission Impossible?”
I’m glad you asked. If you guys have been following the Mission Impossible series then you’ll know that the fifth film, Rogue Nation, was released back in 2015. Now a new film is to be added to the series. That’s right, according to an article I found on Myspace, the new film is slated to be released in Real D 3D (from what I understand, this like Ultra-3D or something – 3D on steroids? I don’t know) on July 27th, 2018.
Now before I get to the Myspace article, I just want to share my thoughts on the franchise thus far just to make sure we’re all on the same metaphorical page.
My Thoughts on the Mission Impossible Franchise
I’ve been a fan of the Mission Impossible series for a while now, but I have to be honest: I lost interest after the third film in the series. They just didn’t appeal to me after that – although Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation were apparently really good.
I loved the first film. It was just the right blend of action, comedy and mystery to keep me interested, but family friendly enough that younger kids could enjoy it as much as the adults.
The second film was a bit, for lack of a better term, goofy for my tastes. It was very melodramatic at times which just irritated me. It seemed more focused on the action than on story, which was fine but ultimately disappointing – at least to me. All my friends thought it was great.
The third film was a good return to form with a greater focus on the story. The film maintained a perfect balance of mystery, action, comedy and a hint of romance throughout. And it’d be a crime not to mention the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s chilling performance as the film’s main antagonist.
Since I haven’t seen Ghost Protocol or Rogue Nation, I can’t comment on them fairly so we’ll leave it at that. Now back to the news!
The Myspace article, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
According the article on Myspace, which is dated January 25th, Tom Cruise has recently joined Instagram and started things with a bang in his first post, sharing the title of Mission Impossible 6 with a picture of a slate with a possible release date and the caption: Get Ready.
His second post was a photo of himself hanging out of a flying helicopter and the caption: “We’ve upped the ante for the sixth Mission Impossible. I can’t wait for you guys to see more.”
Of course, when I found out about this the article’s title was: “Tom Cruise Joins Instagram and Teases Mission Impossible 6. Get Ready.”
I initially thought it was a joke – not the Tom Cruise on Instagram part of it, the film stuff.
I mean with all the movie news that reaches us and then turns out to be a joke, who wouldn’t be skeptical? Although, I suppose Harrison Ford’s doing Indiana Jones 5 next year so maybe it’s not impossible… yes, I know it’s a bad joke but just go with it.
Anyways, I read the article and thought: “No way, they’re not making a sixth one.”
So, just out of curiosity, I took to Instagram and looked up Tom Cruise’s Instagram feed; all I can say is that from what I’ve seen so far, it definitely seems legit.
So, where does that leave me?
My thoughts on the new Mission Impossible film
Well, if nothing else I’m curious to see how it does at the box office. Like I said earlier, my enthusiasm faded after Mission Impossible 3, but I’m always interested in stuff like this. The main reasons for this are:
- It just goes to illustrate that if the demand is there and/or the actors want to do another one then it’ll get made.
- It’s interesting to see fan reactions.
That said, I won’t say something like: “Oh, this is going to be terrible; there are better films to watch” or something similar. There are people saying that already and frankly I’d much rather wait and see.
The film is in production. To judge it before it’s been released isn’t fair to the people involved, and more than that, it’s pointless. How can you say a film will be bad if you haven’t seen it yet? Hell, the trailer has only just been released and that’s just a trailer; what we see in a trailer might not be in the final film at all for all we know.
Frankly, I think the trailer looks awesome and would love to go see the film when it does come out. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
Pretty cool, if I do say so myself. So, I would say: Wait for the movie to come out and if you like it great; if not then at least you gave it a chance.