"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
While Paramount has yet to make an official announcement, a Mission: Impossible 5 seems like a near-certainty after the huge success of the the fourth installment, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which earned $693 million — the highest worldwide of the entire franchise. Rumors that Paramount was hoping to move quickly on a fifth Mission: Impossible started surfacing after Ghost Protocol opened last December, and while it would seem that Tom Cruise and his IMF team of Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Renner will likely follow for another round, it appears that director Brad Bird will not.
With Ghost Protocol finally out on DVD and Blu-Ray as of yesterday, Bird told Crave Online that he wasn't likely to return for a second Mission. Why, brad, why? >> Posted 04.18.12 by Ryan
Posted 01.02.12 by reelz
Posted 12.25.11 by reelz
With Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, opening in IMAX this weekend (and on December 21st everywhere else), Paramount is going for broke with some new promotional materials including a new poster for the IMAX opening of the movie, as well as two new preview clips.
Ghost Protocol will see Tom Cruise return as Impossible Mission Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt, but, outside of Mission: Impossible III's Simon Pegg, Cruise will be working with an all-new crew of agents, including Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner. In an interview with ComingSoon, Renner described how his character Brandt gets involved with the IMF team. watch the clips and read Renner's comments >> Posted 12.14.11 by Ryan
Like we thought, Paula Patton has made it into the promotional campaign for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. They just had to make it through the rest of the team first.
After focusing on Tom Cruise's stunt work in the movie's first featurette and trailers, Jeremy Renner's leap into an air shaft was featured in two separate preview clips before Simon Pegg's returning Mission: Impossible III character was the given his own featurette. Finally, Patton's work as the only female member of a disavowed Impossible Mission Force is displayed in the latest preview clip from the sequel. The clip reveals a fight between Patton and Léa Seydoux that involves all the classic catfight staples: punching, breaking furniture, clothes ripping and brandishing a wine opener like a knife. watch the clip and a TV spot >> Posted 12.01.11 by Ryan
In 2003, actor Jeremy Renner co-starred in what could have been the beginning of a franchise with S.W.A.T. Almost a decade later and after appearing in independent and lower-budgeted fare like The Hurt Locker and The Town (both of which earned Renner Academy Award nominations), Renner is in four established or potential franchise movies — Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Avengers and The Bourne Legacy.
As Renner explained to ComingSoon, being a part of so many franchises was not something the actor anticipated.
Renner on his many, many projects >> Posted 11.30.11 by Ryan
I never went after a big franchise. I never went after a big action movie. They just sort of kind of manifested in a way... It started off by me saying, "Why not be in a movie that will play all over the world, but that still has something that I can do in it? Why not?" It was kind of impossible for me to say no [to these movies] as long as there was stuff for me to do character-wise, selfishly, it's just a bigger setting. A bigger stage.
"I have arrived at the party," says Simon Pegg in the latest featurette for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and while Pegg is talking in character, in a way, the Shaun of the Dead actor is talking about himself. The movie's advertising has basically ignored Pegg so far, and has instead focused on Tom Cruise's stunt work outside the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai (featured in the first featurette and the sequel's trailers), and Jeremy Renner's leap into an air shaft (shown in two preview clips).
The latest featurette concentrates solely on Pegg's character of Impossible Mission Force (IMF) computer expert Benji Dunn, who originally appeared in Mission: Impossible III, and offers new footage from the movie as well. Up next has to be something for Paula Patton, the fourth member of the IMF team. watch the featurette >> Posted 11.24.11 by Ryan
One thing the Mission: Impossible franchise likes to do with its characters is push them through air vents and hang them upside down. Tom Cruise's wire work inside a vault in CIA headquarters was one of the seminal moments in 1996's Mission: Impossible, but for the fourth installment, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, it's Jeremy Renner that's shown floating in air in the movie's trailers and not Cruise (who's too busy running along the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building).
A preview clip released last week saw Renner's character Brandt feeling pretty nervous right before he is forced to jump into the air shaft. In the latest clip, Renner's nervousness is justified when Simon Pegg reveals the dangers involved in Renner's jump, which will find him falling 25 feet over the giant fan of a computer array. watch the clip >> Posted 11.22.11 by Ryan
The marketing campaign for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has so far focused on Tom Cruise's stunt work on the Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building, but what about Jeremy Renner's stunts?
In the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Renner's Brandt find themselves disavowed and blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, so they, along with fellow Impossible Mission Force agents Simon Pegg and Paula Patton, go rogue in an attempt to clear their names. One of their tasks involves Cruise running along the outside of the Burj Khalifa, while the latest preview clip shows that Renner, not Cruise, is now the agent that has to fly through air vents. watch the clip >> Posted 11.18.11 by Ryan