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On Tuesday Jake and I went to see an advanced screening of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This is one of those times when I wish I wasn’t being paid to write a post (but I am), because nobody’s going to believe me that I loved this movie as much as I did! And I mean LOVED.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is the first action movie I’ve seen in a movie theater in quite a while (in IMAX, no less). Jake and I were really excited. We headed to the subway to get to the theater and as we were walking down the stairs, Jake yelled “TRAIN!!!” and started running. I was wearing sandals that weren’t great for running, and I’m slow even under the best of circumstances, so Jake was on the train holding the door for me and yelling “Come ON mom! You can do it!” I jumped onto the train like an action hero (albeit a slow one) and high-fived Jake. And then we started singing the Mission: Impossible theme music like dorks. Like I said, we were excited.
I’d already watched the “making of” video of the most famous scene in the movie, the one where Tom Cruise (as IMF agent Ethan Hunt) hangs on to the outside of an airplane as it takes off. I expected this scene to be part of the climax of the movie, but it was the opening scene! And things just got more exiting from there.
The action in this movie was almost nonstop and SO well done. It’s always been rumored that Tom Cruise does his own stunts and that there’s very little greenscreening, and I think that’s what makes these movies so exciting. But what’s really amazing is that the script was up to the level of the action. The movie was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
I would totally go see Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation again, but it will have to wait until after this weekend. This entire week has felt like one long impossible mission, and that continues straight through Sunday. Then I get to come up for air. The two-plus hours I spent on the edge of my seat watching this movie were the most relaxing of my week.
I took on a ton of work for this week, forgetting that I’d be attending a three-hour performance that my son was in, plus his birthday was Thursday and his birthday party is today, complete with all the usual logistical difficulties and baking and coordination, and then I go straight from his party to a work dinner. I’m attending a conference tomorrow and participating in a panel at the conference, and I have some research that I need to do for that. And I have a different conference on Sunday. And somewhere in all of that, I should probably make sure that everybody has clean underwear.
But Monday? Monday is mine. Monday will be full of naps and Facebook and other so-called “guilty pleasures” that I don’t feel an ounce of guilt about.
My point is this: Whether you’re hanging off of airplanes or frosting cupcakes while on a conference call, the trick is to just keep going and do what you have to do to get through. And then, when you do get to the end and can take a break, fully enjoy that break. It’s what will sustain you when it all starts up again.
My other point is this: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is highly entertaining. I loved it, my teenage son loved it. The audience cheered and clapped and gasped and laughed (yes, there are several huge laughs in this tense movie). And it has one of the highest Rotten Tomatoes ratings I’ve seen in a long time. Take a look at this trailer, and I think you’ll be convinced.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is in a theater near you Friday July 31st! Get tickets at Fandango.
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