In honor of “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” hitting home rental this week, I thought I’d do a ranking of all six “M:I” movies in which Tom Cruise plays Agent Ethan Hunt. As an action movie junkie, my views may differ from the typical critical rankings. Cruise does almost all of his own stunts, and they are just as much the star of the show as he is, so I’ve included a nod to the best action sequence in each film.
“Hotel Artemis” is a strange animal. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the film doesn’t do enough to stand out either. It depicts a futuristic Los Angeles in which riots and chaos have overtaken the city as the citizens fight over water. In the middle of the city stands Hotel Artemis, a sort of hospital for criminals. Taking a page out of the “John Wick” franchise, Hotel Artemis has a set of underground rules: no cops, no weapons, no killing other guests, etc.
During the early part of the MCU, the producers gave us five mini-movies, which were included on home-video releases. Known as “Marvel One-Shots,” as per the comic-book terminology, these stories fleshed out elements of the overall saga – or were simply made for the sake of fun. They range from 3 to 15 minutes, and from pointless to one entry that very much has a point. Here’s a closer look:
This blog series chronicles my first viewing of the complete MCU movie saga. I’ll examine each film under various categories that reflect popular discussion points. Next up is the seventh film, “Iron Man 3” (2013):