"Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space." — Vincent, Collateral
Though he's most widely known for his action movies — the Mission: Impossible movies, in particular — superstar actor Tom Cruise has also starred in a handful of sci-fi movies in his career, including War of the Worlds (2005), his highest grossing domestic release to date. After an eight-year hiatus from sci-fi, Cruise will return to the genre on April 19th in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) in which Cruise plays one of the last drone (read: clone) workers on an Earth that is all but abandoned following a devastating war with an alien race known as the Scavs.
In anticipation of Oblivion's imminent release, we thought this would be a great time to look back on Cruise's rather extensive filmography to determine, with your help, which movies contributed to making him the superstar he is today. Take off your mask (as our own Richard Roeper pointed out in his book, Cruise wears masks in many of his later films), quit jumping on the sofa and help us choose Cruise's best movies.
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Posted 04.01.13 by BrentJS
Progress on Mission: Impossible 4 has been ongoing since the project was first announced over a year ago, including a long search for a directer that ended with Brad Bird. Paramount has already moved MI:4 once, shifting the sequel from a 2011 Memorial Day weekend release to December 16, 2011. More changes might be on the way.
While each Mission: Impossible movie has had a different director, the one constant has been Tom Cruise (and, to a lesser extent, Ving Rhames), which means that the success of the franchise hinges on Cruise's popularity. Last month, Deadline speculated that Paramount "might kill" MI:4 if Cruise's latest movie, Knight and Day under-performed at the box office. After receiving mediocre reviews, Knight has only made $62 million at the box office so far, just under half of its budget. MORE >> Posted 07.13.10 by Ryan
From the get-go, Knight & Day looked a lot like a movie we'd seen five years ago: Mr. & Mrs. Smith. So much so, in fact, that we closely examined the similarities and wondered if 20th Century Fox just reused some old footage. How are critics receiving this new version? Have Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz recaptured some of that Vanilla Sky magic?
Posted 06.23.10 by reelz
"The movie is entertaining, but could have been better."— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...an oddly uninvolving caper..."— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Village Voice
"...a high-energy, low-impact caper-comedy that labors to bring a measure of wit, romance and glamour to an overworked spy-thriller template."— Justin Chang, Variety
"...a galumphing mediocrity..."— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A loud, seemingly interminable, and altogether incoherent entry in the preposterous and proliferating "action-comedy" genre..."— A. O. Scott, New York Times
"...a hyperactive, joyless thriller..."— Dan Kois, Village Voice
When we saw the trailer for Knight & Day we thought, "Hey, haven't we seen this movie before?" No, it wasn't Killers three weeks ago; it was Mr. & Mrs. Smith five years ago! We decided to test our memory by squaring them off in a plot and scene-by-scene match.See Knight & Day versus Mr. & Mrs. Smith Showdown >> Posted 06.22.10 by reelz
Tom Cruise is finally back in action in director James Mangold's latest movie, Knight and Day, after last appearing on the big screen in Valkyrie in 2008. In Knight and Day, Cruise plays Miller, a secret agent on a globe-trotting secret mission, who ends up taking the unassuming June (played by Cameron Diaz) along for the ride, literally.
In what's likely to be one of the more memorable sequences of the movie, Cruise and Diaz ride face-to-face on a motorcycle, zig-zagging through narrow streets, while Diaz blasts away at their pursuers with two pistols. Cruise discussed the sequence in a recent interview and it is also the subject of two new stills — along with some gratuitious eye candy for men and women alike — and a new extended clip of the movie. Watch the "Ride with me" clip >> Posted 06.18.10 by BrentJS
A new international trailer for director James Mangold's action-comedy Knight and Day has been released online. At nearly three minutes long, the trailer is chock-full of action and humor, with such great chemistry between the stars, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, that we're left wanting more. If the movie is half as good as the trailer makes it seem, this could be the movie that puts Cruise back on top of the list of Hollywood's most likeable action heroes.
Here's the official synopsis:
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in the globe-trotting action-comedy adventure Knight and Day. During their glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, nothing and no one – even the now fugitive couple – are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs trust.
Knight and Day also stars Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Grace. Posted 05.28.10 by BrentJS
A new viral-esque video from the set of director James Mangold's action-comedy Knight and Day has just debuted on MovieWeb. It's set up as a behind-the-scenes look at Cameron Diaz's fight training for the movie (she plays a woman who finds herself mixed up with a secret agent (Tom Cruise) on a deadly mission). In actuality, it's a staged "blooper" moment that plays up Diaz's "loveable ditz" persona as she accidentally kicks a distracted Cruise over a nearby craft services table. Even though it's obviously a prank video, it's still fun to watch Cruise get his butt kicked by the ever-charming Diaz, and it's good to see him poke fun at himself after taking himself too serious for far too long. Posted 05.15.10 by BrentJS
When it comes to the mix of movies being offered up, not much has changed since we previewed Summer 2010 blockbusters back in September 2009. The season is still packed with sequels, remakes, comic book adaptations, and 3-D.
Meaning, fans of action/adventure movies (11), comedies (8), and chick flicks (9) are in luck, as are parents looking for a way to entertain the kids (10). But the pickings are slim for horror fans (3) and those looking for some summer drama (6) or thrilling intrigue (5). Check 'em all out in our 2010 Summer Movie Guide. Posted 05.04.10 by reelz
A new international teaser trailer for director James Mangold's action-comedy Knight and Day (formerly Wichita) has debuted online. Unlike the domestic trailer, which pretty much just depicts Cameron Diaz's character as a fish-out-of-water hostage of Tom Cruise's character, the new trailer shows her getting in on the action in scenes that could have been plucked right out of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. watch the new trailer >> Posted 04.19.10 by BrentJS
Imagine that you meet an actual spy and can't get him out of your life. That's the premise behind Knight and Day (formerly Wichita), the James Mangold comedy starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and a group of escaping bulls.
The movie doesn't open until next summer, but a first-look trailer has made its way online. Check out the bull-free trailer below. Posted 12.22.09 by Ryan