|This poster is amazing. We know the silhouette is Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), and we know the poor fool dangling for life at the end of that rope held by the helicopter is also Ethan; what the image manifests is that Ethan Hunt literally embodies the man who can do anything and everything required of him. Why is this important? Isn't this just the traditional cardboard copy of a "hero?" Well, being a white, heterosexual male was never been so controversial, so much so, that to be masculine is automatically attributed to having "toxic masculinity," and that is being labeled as the enemy of humanity by liberals, even to the point of colleges and universities having seminars to discuss it and offering classes to young white men to overcome their masculinity. But it obviously hasn't stopped on campuses: 90% of teenage boys have been found to have gender-bending chemicals in their bodies, in other words, plastics are being laced with chemicals to make teenage boys feel less masculine, so they don't grow up identifying with men like Ethan Hunt, rather, they grow up identifying with women like Hillary Clinton. So, Ethan Hunt is being put forward as, literally, the man embodying what it means to be a man.|
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, please watch it and then jump back to read this part, otherwise, this isn't going to make sense. When Solomon Lane tells Ethan about the "fallout of all your good intentions," Lane doesn't say that to Hunt; Lane says that to every single white, heterosexual male alive, because it's happening to every single one of them right now: the nuclear explosion of what they thought they were doing to make the world a better, safer place for the greatest possible number of people, is, instead, going to explode and there is going to be bloodshed (as in, civil war) because the very people for whom these white men have had their good intentions geared towards, are the ones who hate and despise them for it, namely, feminists and poor minorities. Fallout, then, serves as a rallying for men to remember who they are, what they are about, and why they do what they do. And God bless them, each and every one.
|Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,... A shot like this guarantees this film has a exceedingly high level of artistry and encoding going on. Why? Mirrors symbolize "reflection," (bet you didn't see that one coming, eh?) but it's reflection on a deeper, interior level, the ability to meditate upon what one is doing and who one truly is. We have no idea what's happening in this scene, however, Ilsa and Ethan looking at each other thusly, surrounded by mirrors, suggests this is an important scene for them both in terms of their characters and the relationship their characters have with the other (both of them saved each others' lives numerous times in Rogue Nation, so they have an important connection and past). I'm not ready to discuss Ilsa at this point: we simply don't know enough about her role in the film, however, we can make three comments regarding this scene with Ethan (top image). First, looking each eye-to-eye, they are equals; second, Ilsa wears a brown suit, brown symbolizes humility (brown is the color of dirt, so either one humbles their self to the level of dirt--no one is beneath me--or this person is literally dirty, like dirt, they have dirtied their character in some way) and, thirdly, Ilsa's hair is pulled back in a pony tail, not a style we have seen her character wear. The hair, as we know, symbolizes our thoughts, because our thoughts originate within our head, so hair or anything on our head manifests what type of thoughts that character has; her hair pulled back suggests Ilsa is disciplining her thoughts, keeping them in check; this suggests she's having to trust Ethan instead of, perhaps, her own understanding of the situation.|
On a different level, this is one of at least two references to John Wick Chapter 2: the art exhibit, Reflections On the Soul, where John performs some incredible gun work, was filled with hallways and mirrors, meant to illustrate that the gunmen he was killing in that sequence were actually John's own demons (please see John Wick Chapter 2 for more). We have no idea, at this point, we happens, or who is involved, however, a ton will be going on in this scene, and I can't wait for the chance to decode it! What we can say is, this is a hallway (bottom image) and we know hallways symbolize a journey, a passage from one state of being/thought to another (again, we see this used with great skill in John Wick Chapter 2, as well as Spectre).
Loretta Lynch. When Hunley mentions that Ethan and his team would be dead, she replies, "That's the job," in other words, we have a contract with them to be willing to pay that price. This is what makes "Lynch's" character a socialist: Ethan and his team have no value to her apart from their functions, they have no individuality or inherent worth as humans, only as expendable government commodities.
By the way, that amazing stunt Tom Cruise was training two years to do for MI6? Flying the helicopter himself in those amazing sequences! Here is a special feature:
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|The only image I was able to quickly find of Solomon Lane with blonde hair from MI5: Rogue Nation.|