|One of the first images of the films, if not the first, is of a field, and we hear Ethan's voice, and after a few seconds, we see Benji rise up, camouflaged, from the grass and dirt, and start trying to work his computer magic. Why is Benji in the field? Because he has literally become a "field agent," and he makes a point of telling Ethan this in the film. In a very real way, we the audience are Benji: just as Benji opens "the wrong door," (the loading dock), so we, too, are apt to open the "wrong doors" into the film itself and mis-interpret what is REALLY going on (don't believe me? Read the review that this critic wrote and how he might as well as been asleep during the film, because he missed every single point). When Bejni has "won" the tickets to the opera, that begs the question, what "other tickets" are there involved? Our tickets, the tickets we purchased to see the film, and just as the audience in the film is watching the opera, but all kinds of other stuff is going on, literally, backstage, so, too, in the film we the audience are watching is all kinds of stuff going on backstage, namely, with what the film makers want to communicate about who The Syndicate is and what they have been doing. Before going to the opera, when Benji gets off the subway, and a messenger gives him the packet with the eyeglasses in them, that is Ethan "widening Benji's gaze," but also the gaze of us, the audience. Just as Benji thought he was going to go see a opera he could enjoy, we, too, thought we were going to see a film we could sit back and enjoy, rather than have to work at interpreting. When Ethan takes Benji to where he has been "in hiding," and gives Benji all he needs to go into hiding, and Benji objects, stating that he wants to be a part of it, this is Ethan communicating with the audience that we can walk out of the film if we want to; we don't have to stay and listen to what they are going to talk about if it makes us uncomfortable and we don't want to be a part of it. When Benji and Ethan are in the car pursuing Ilsa, and they are about to flip backwards, Ethan asks, "Do you have your seat belt on?" and Benji says, "You're asking me that now?" but Ethan is really asking us, the viewers, if we have our seat belts on, because we are about to get flipped upside-down in the chase scene and how it ends (with Ilsa walking out in front of Ethan and him crashing to save her, then letting her ride off) and, if we don't have our seat belts on, like Benji we are going to end up way behind and upside-down. Like Benji, we, too, have been taken hostage by Solomon Lane and we are being held captive; how? Just as Benji sits upon a sensitive trigger so that, if he moves the wrong way or too fast, it will go off, so we the audience--if we go the wrong way in our interpretation--we too will explode and miss the whole point of the film.|
satellite states of the former USSR (the Baltics, Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc.) and it was their determination to break-away from the Soviet government that causes conservatives--such as myself--to deem socialism un-workable (for more on Gravity, please see my post Gravity: Buddha and Da Vinci).
What does that have to do with MI5?
|Opening the Red Box requires the Prime Minister's voice, and the prompt for his password is from Rudyard Kipling, and the PM proceeds to quote advice from a father to his son in Kipling's well-known poem. Why this and not something else? Kipling could be called the writer of British Imperialism, and this poem specifically spells out, not only what it means to be and celebrate in being British, but also a man. Why would that be brought up in the film>? Because masculinity has been increasingly under threat and persecution even. What's so interesting is that, the PM is under some kind of tranquilizer and can hardly react and respond to the situation he is in, however, true to perfect British form, he remembers what it means to be British and finish the job he has before him,.... just like Hunt and his team.|
then President Ford ordered an investigation into the CIA for alleged abuses (January 8), so what goes around, comes around. When Ethan has entered the listening booth at the Vinyl Offer record store in London, and he hears the message that identifies The Syndicate with the IMF itself,
|Turandot is a story of a man and woman testing each other and seeing what the other is made of: we can see this in the relationship between Ethan and Ilsa, but also between Ethan and Solomon Lane, as well as Ethan and Hunley. If we want to, we can even see it between Brandt and Luthor, neither of them very sure of the other, and getting on each other's nerves throughout the film.|
Luck or skill?
As is often the case, his identity is contained within his name: the Hebrew king Solomon was known as being the wisest of men, with great power and knowledge. Solomon Lane, in the film, must certainly be intelligent, or he wouldn't have been able to pull-off as many stunts as he did. We can say, though, that like King Solomon, Solomon Lane choose the "wrong way," ("Lane" being a path or road that can be taken) and in becoming corrupt and irreverent about human life, he lost his own life.
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