Monday, November 06, 2006

Movie Mon. - Slow Week

Mission Impossible III: The latest installment in the franchise finds Ethan Hunt returning to field agent status in order to save a former protégé, only to get sucked into a conspiracy within the IMF. Well done action flick that requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief, but then again, what else is new? A top notch cast helps keep the film engaging, as do all of the over-the-top stunts and gadgets. Sure, you can't help but see most of the big twists coming, they're so well telegraphed, but in the end it's all about the stunts and FX; in that respect, it's a success.

Reds: Sprawling film about the relationship between leftist radicals John Reed (Warren Beatty, who also won an Oscar for Best Director) and Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) during the rise of socialism following the Bolshevik Revolution. Interesting film with an excellent cast which I probably would have enjoyed more if I had sat through it in one sitting; however, since the film was split into two discs, I wound up watching them almost a week apart, which definitely killed the movie's momentum.