As a male, I have an unspoken affinity for the action movie genre. Those elaborate, high octane action set pieces to keep my blood pumping. Elaborate death scenes that have me cheering for them rather than being horrified by them. As I’ve grown though, so has the action genre. On their face, they’re still movies about being big, dumb and fun, but aspects such as their tone, their leads and tropes have altered our approach to these movies.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth instalment in the long running franchise. And it just so happens to be one of the best. Looking back toward the older entires in the series, specifically Mission: Impossible 2, it’s not difficult to see that the genre has matured in some way. As much as a genre about car chases and explosions can anyway.
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Disney seems like an insatiable eating machine, taking in other companies at a worrying rate, leading us ever closer to the megacorporation future so many of our favourite dystopian science fiction movies and books predicted. It’s not all bad though, Because Disney’s aquitisiton of 20th Century Fox for a staggering $52.4 last year means that Marvel movie fans get to see their favourite properties back together again. That’s a decent trade for an inevitable cyberpunk future. Right?
While most people’s initial gut reaction would be how the new status quo would affect the upcoming X-Men and Deadpool movies, I’m going to pose a different question: How could the MCU salvage the Fantastic Four from the near unsalvageable position that the previous three movies have left Marvel’s first family. And potentially how soon could the group find themselves in the mix after Infinity War.
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I can’t think of a more unlikely sequel than Pacific Rim Uprising. As much as I liked Guillermo Del Toro’s foray into bringing his childhood to the big screen, Pacific Rim never felt like it lit the world on fire after the pretty aggressive hype train leading up to its release. The fact that it got a sequel at all is pretty astounding. It’s only when you start to delve into the production behind the upcoming movie that you realise how little in common it actually has to the original cult favourite.
Before I start telling you how Uprising is different, I need to talk a little about the first Pacific Rim. Just to contextualise why this sequel might not be what you expect, something that a lot of people might have wildly different feelings about considering the divided opinion on the that 2013 summer blockbuster.
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