Watching this new trailer, I get the clear feeling that Tom Cruise wants to be that guy in a WWE ring who hears the “You’ve still got it, clap clap clap-clap-clap-clap” chant. For that purpose, the director of Jack Reacher is probably the right guy, as that movie did start evolving Cruise a bit into “the older guy who can still go.” To me, though, these movies get more interesting as he surrounds himself with a supporting cast, so Renner, Rhames and Pegg are welcome returns.
The opening dive sequence is a great hook, but the rest feels like pretty standard stuff so far, entirely dependent on how it fits into the story being told. I kinda miss John Woo and his crazy slo-mo doves set to Limp Bizkit.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist