Mission Impossible 5 – A Cold Winter
When I was growing up, Mission Impossible: The Rise of Joeannon was one of my favorite movies. Joeannon is an escaped former Special Forces soldier turned into a wanted man with an intricate plan to get back from the bad guys. The late John McLaughlin plays the title role of Joeannon and here is what he has to say about the movie in the new interview I did with him. He talks about the intense experience of shooting the movie and also talks about the pressure that the director, Simon West, was facing. It was tough for both him and the director to get the kind of tone the film required.
He talks about shooting in various countries across Europe and then having a week long breaks to shoot in Vienna, Budapest, Lisbon, London, and Paris. The long weeks in shooting were very difficult on him and the director. One day when they were all in the same room, it was like they had been in school. They had a great time improvising and building scenes together. The whole process reminded him of how important it is to have fun while making a movie.
When I read the interview, I remembered that they filmed in Budapest, which is where the premier of the film was filmed. I also remembered the premier there a few years ago. Well, it sounds like paramount Austria again where Joeannon was born. Then we get to the subject of the film – the fight between Joeannon and the Mandarin. Well, the director reveals a little bit of the battle; how it was filmed, and the emotions it evokes.
I liked the fight between the Mandarin and Hunley. Hunley was played by Jason Statham. I liked his character, he was intense. Statham is quite a heavy drinking and smoking guy, and when you see him in Mission Impossible: The Rise of Joeannon, you understand why. The director however, has obviously not lost his sense of humor because he includes the punch line “I’ll drink to that!”
The first time we see Joeagger in action is when he goes after the Mandarin in Budapest and manages to drive him off the road. The Mandarin then threatens to kill Hunley unless he comes back to Vienna. The only way for Joe to leave the city is to fly to Vienna and meet the man (nicknamed Tai) who is there with the money. He is played by Alexander Weiss. The rest of the film is shot in Vienna.
We see Tai and Joeagger in the streets of Vienna as they pursue the Mandarin. The two men fight and Joeagger knock the Chinese man out cold. But then the movie takes a turn for the worse. The next day, Hunley wakes up and finds out that he has been given the counterfeit $10 million. This is the start of Stickell’s character changing as he begins to realize the folly of his methods. Hunley and Tai take off and end up in a plane crash.
The plot of the July Fourth issue of Mission Impossible magazine is “The Chinese Connection.” Stickell returns as Tai, and he is now in possession of the Chinese agent. Hunley and his ally arrive just in time to stop the plot before it reaches its disastrous conclusion. They rescue the agents and the Chinese are taken off the plane. Hunley realizes that they were tricked, and that they have put everyone on the brink of annihilation.
The July Fourth issue of Mission Impossible magazine is a fast-paced mission based adventure. It includes several cameos by various famous people, including the three Hollywood actors Will Smith, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt. Other notable figures also show up in the background, including James Bond’s Manderley and Bond’s henchman Odd job. The photography is top notch, with cinematography showing everything in a very sharp and detailed manner. The action scenes are thrilling and entertaining, and the story is a logical and interesting one, given the stakes that the mission represents for both the characters involved and those trying to stop them.