Film4: Tuesday 28 July, 6.50pm
With Rogue Nation opening this week, the schedules are affording us another opportunity to assess the progress of Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible franchise. The mega-budget revamps of a Cold War TV show that was one step up from another 60s relic, The Man from UNCLE. The M:I big-screen show was set up surprisingly sluggishly by Untouchables director Brian De Palma, apparently operating in snooze mode. For all the hi-tech gadgetry, De Palma produced an old-hat popcorn movie with no trace of aftertaste. Tricked out with quick-change rubber-mask mayhem and a plot clumsily derived from Hitchcock’s WWII classic Notorious, M:I II (Film4, 9pm) was even more anonymous. Indeed, Anthony Hopkins appeared unbilled as Cruise’s sarcastic boss. No fool he. Part III (Sky Movies Greats, Tuesday at 3.20pm) was the charm and credit is due Star Trek rebooter J.J. Abrams for its reckless excitement. ing M:I III (Film4 Monday, 9pm). Bourne-again big-bang time, Cruise went from Collateral to collateral damage, with more helicopters than Apocalypse Now.
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