Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol (♦♦♦½)

An IMF agent--is killed by a female assassin for hire in Budapest--while carrying classified documents. His killer gets the documents and escapes.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), after escaping from a Russian prison, is given the mission of stealing nuclear codes from the Kremlin. However, the mission goes terribly wrong and a rogue, Swedish nuclear extremist, gets away with the codes while bombing the Kremlin. Russian’s authorities suspect Americans are behind the attack. Thus, the president disavows all IMF agents and activates Ghost Protocol. Without resources or backup forces, Ethan Hunt and his team have to retrieve the codes.

This is a stylish, grand motion picture with beautiful photography and globetrotting adventure. Tom Cruise has never been in better shape, proof of that is his mind blowing stunt on the outside of the 120th floor of the tower hotel in Dubai. The scene where Jeremy Renner jumps towards a slowing giant fan in a tunnel is reminiscent of Cruise’s famous incursion at Langley in MI-1.

Overall, this movie has sufficient twists and turns to entertain and surprise, even though the plot is slightly convoluted. Jeremy Renner as a tormented agent in disguise and Tom Cruise provide most of the dramatic tension when acting is concerned. Swedish actor Michael Nyquist (Abduction, The Millennium Trilogy), as the villain, is quickly becoming a household name.