Movie Review: Vacation

While sitting through this horrible movie, it was hard to imagine how the people who financed this garbage were ever stupid enough to somehow not know how bad this idea was, or how unfunny this movie would turn out to be.

For me the scene that says it all was the moment when there was a very attractive woman on a highway looking at the main character in the movie played by Ed Helms ad suddenly she drifts over to another lane and is killed by a head on collision with a truck. Somehow, someone responsible for this horrible movie thought this was funny? How could this be considered funny? Why would they think anyone would find this funny? Perhaps Charles Manson would find a head on collision funny, but certainly no normal sane adult.

During the entire 2 hours of this movie nobody in the audience laughed even once, but why would they? There was one ongoing fight between the younger son of the new Griswald family who was bullying the older son, who it was suggested might be gay. There was a scene where the entire family accidentally thought that a sewage pond was a hot spring. There were several almost car accidents on the highway in this movie, one involving a Mac Truck. At the end of the movie the family visits the original father of the first Vacation movie which was played by Chevy Chase. Chevy is now looking both very old and very overweight and the ending scenes with him were some of the least funny in the whole movie.

This movie was very bad and I do not recommend it.

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Movie Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Its only a movie? Isn’t that a true statement? I think that its correct that a movie is really just a movie and not worth the life of any human being, but in the past while making movies people have died because of a fluke that went wrong or some mistake or some other reason where someone was not doing their job. The worst tragedy in movie history was probably the movie Twilight Zone with Vic Morrow and 2 Vietnamese children he was carrying into a lake were killed by the blades of a falling helicopter. The point of all this is, “Its only a movie”, why would anyone want to risk their life to make a movie? Well for whatever the reason, Tom Cruise is definitely one of those people and at the rate he is going by taking these kinds of risks in these Mission Impossible movies; there is a very good chance that he will be killed one day just going a little too far.

On 4 occasions in this movie, Cruise could have been killed. The first was by hanging from a large Airbus plane and I hear there were 8 takes for this one scene. During this first scene, Cruse ran close to the large propellers of this airplane and he could have been if he was blown into them. Tom Cruise mentioned on a talk show that he held his breath for 6 minutes and he trained for this for a long time, but this is also extremely dangerous. Obviously this is completely unnecessary and insane to take risks like this for a movie. There is also a scene of great danger riding a high powered motorcycle on a highway that was very dangerous with other cars and trucks that had to be avoided. Its clear that Tom Cruise should leave dangerous stunts like this to the stunt men, but for some reason he insists on taking severe life threatening risks that one day will cost him his life.

As far as the movie I thought that the story was a good one and it was easy to follow, which is not true of previous Mission Impossible movies, especially the first one. The main female lead in this movie was very believable in her role and her fight scenes were very well done and she is very attractive as well. Other actors from previous Mission Impossible movies also returned even though Ving Rhames had a very small role in the last Mission Impossible movie “Ghost Protocol” where Tom Cruise took many risks on the worlds tallest building in Dubai. The ending of this movie was very satisfying but not believable based on how they were able to trap the lead villain in a giant Plexiglas box.

Overall I thought this movie was well done and I do recommend it.

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