Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters May 27, 2022, marking Tom Cruise’s return to the big screen after a four-year absence. Like his previous film, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Top Gun: Maverick was written by Oscar-winning scribe Christopher McQuarrie, who has become something of a personal screenwriter for Tom Cruise over the past 15 years. The two have worked together seven times since 2008, with two more future projects currently underway.
From generic missteps and mega-popular blockbusters to historical thrillers and gripping sci-fi adventures, Cruise and McQuarrie’s prolific collaboration has provided some of the greatest entertainment in recent movie history.
seven The Mummy (2017) – 5.4
Cruise and McQuarrie’s most disappointing partnership so far has come from the lackluster Mummy remake, the giant universal tent pole intended to resurrect the Dark Universe series. Perhaps the result of too many cooks in the kitchen, McQuarrie worked with co-writers David Koepp and Dylan Kussman, and the result is a muddled affair at best.
The Mummy follows a buried Egyptian princess who awakens from her eternal slumber and unleashes a violent plague, leaving it to Sgt. Nick Morton (Cruise) to quell the curse and restore order. Not bad but painfully mediocre and full of unsatisfied suite teasing, the hefty price tag of $125 million makes the inferiority of The Mummy even more frightening.
6 Jack Reacher (2012) – 7.0
Based on the bestselling Lee Child book series, Jack Reach marked the first time McQuarrie directed Tom Cruise. The movie gives Cruise a chance to play a much darker, more violent, and more complicated character than he’s generally known for, which might explain why the movie has somewhat average IMDb numbers.
A story of vigilante justice not very different Dirty Harry, Jack Reacher is a grizzled homicide detective who plays by his own rules and bends the law when he sees fit to capture an enigmatic sniper responsible for five deaths. With visceral set pieces, witty banter and one-liners, and a throwback vibe without overly CGI-dependent, most IMDb voters think the film is a very underrated action affair and comedy movie. really fun action, while fans of Child’s A shot novel felt a bit let down by the story changes.
5 Valkyrie (2008) – 7.1
Valkyrie marked the beginning of Cruise and McQuarrie’s film collaborations. This bold and successful historical thriller reimagines Nazi Germany in 1944, where a group of rogue soldiers led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Alas, the best-laid plans seem to fall apart at every turn.
Praised by reviews from IMDb users for its engaging story, excellent supporting cast of distinguished European actors such as Terrence Stamp, Tom Wilkinson and Kenneth Branagh, and fast-paced editing style, the film’s biggest applause is that it remained engrossing despite viewers knowing about the real-life ending before watching it.
4 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) – 7.4
McQuarrie passed up the chance to direct Jack Reacher: Never Go Back so he can focus on writing and directing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation instead, one of Cruise’s most acclaimed films. A wise decision, as rogue nation is not only a more critical and commercial success than Never come backbut it also led to McQuarrie directing the next two MID movies.
The fifth opus of the mega-popular MID franchise, rogue nation follows Ethan Hunt (Cruise) on the run from the CIA after the dismantling of the IMF, doing his best to identify and expose The Syndicate, an influential terrorist group. Loaded with dazzling stunts performed by Cruise, fans and critics alike praised the project for pushing the boundaries of high-octane action virtually on film. Many even claim it’s the best film in the series, proving that McQuarrie should be considered one of the best directors Cruise has worked with.
3 Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – 7.7
Following the resounding success of rogue nationCruise and McQuarrie reunited three years later to Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the highest-rated franchise entry to date on IMDb. The story follows Ethan Hunt and his team at the IMF who fail to recover a quantity of plutonium, leading to the attempted hostile takeover of the terrorist group The Apostles. As Hunt Goes Rogue, CIA Interrogates His MO
Written and directed by McQuarrie, To fall is considered the best film in the long-running action franchise, with many IMDb voters and critics praising Hunt’s emotional arc in conjunction with the relentless, top-notch action stunts, a mix to cut the breath of practice and CG FX, and a breathless beat that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat. Cruise and McQuarrie will continue the MID frankness with the duo Mission: Impossible – Estimated film, whose first entry is set to hit the masses in 2023.
2 Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – 7.9
Scripted with Jez and Jon-Henry Butterworth, edge of tomorrow is the third film Cruise and McQuarrie have worked on together. Doug Liman directs the script, with the story retracing William Cage (Cruise), a soldier in a war against aliens who dies in battle and lives the same day over and over again, doing his best to alter the course of his destiny while saving the lives of others.
Praised for its clever plot, witty dialogue, stunning spectacle, and new sci-fi premise previously used for comedies like groundhog day, the underrated 2010s action flick is a dynamic, energetic and highly replayable experience sorely lacking in most summer blockbusters. A sequel has been written, but its current development status is unknown.
1 Top Gun: Maverick (2022) – 8.6
With over 2,000 votes already cast, Top Gun: Maverick is the most beloved Tom Cruise film written by Christopher McQuarrie to date. Cruise reprises his starring role from Pete Mitchell, the hotshot test pilot who is now a 30-year-old veteran tasked with training a new class of rookies.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick garnered rave reviews from critics and casual fans alike thanks to its exhilarating flight sequences, aerial acrobatics and nostalgic fan service. While making any sequel can be a challenge, this achievement is particularly impressive due to the massive 36-year gap between the projects.
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