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Feels like it brings together a lot of the best elements of the franchise. Could have easily been the last film in the series, but if they keep making them this good then I'm more than happy to see Tom Cruise continuing doing these going into his 60s. God forbid 10+ years down the line where they try to reboot the whole thing with anybody else.
I feel like Christopher McQuarrie didn't do so great with his Jack Reacher film which is also an espionage-type spy film starring Tom Cruise and just decided "What the hell? If I'm gonna go this far I'll just make mission impossible movies." And hey, turns out he's pretty dang good at it. The plot directly follows the previous movies without a lot of off-screen in between like we seen with the last one, and starts with the big trailer stunt,…
Plot wise, Park Chan-wook saved the most straightforward vengeance story for last, but also his most cinematically matured. This film felt more like it was directed by the Park Chan-wook who directed The Handmaiden than the one who directed the other films in the Vengeance trilogy. It also asks several more of the great questions such as "At what point do we just kill a motherf**ker?" "At what point can I get some kind of joy from it, or at least closure?" "Is there ever redemption in revenge?". Great stuff.
Watched as part of the Vengeance trilogy screenings at The Projector Golden Mile
One of my favorite things about this movie is how the factors at play here that land the family in trouble - disease, superstition, misogyny, religious feuds - are all horrors faced at the time by many people, without curses as an external factor. Even with a film that shows the 'witch' as existing, I started to even wonder if its existence in this film might have been more akin to the collective paranoia of a witch rather than the…