One of the great things about movies is that they can take us to places that we could never go to in our daily lives.
In the 1985 movie Legend, Darkness (Tim Curry) wants to destroy daylight and create a world where only darkness reigns. To do so he must kill the last of the unicorns and marry the fairy princess Lili (Mia Sara). Lili happens to be the significant other of forest boy Jack (Tom Cruise). Jack must both save Lili and prevent Darkness from taking over the world.
I have mixed feelings about this film. While the magical elements add to the supernatural reality of the world in the film, the narrative is completely predictable. My issue with the film is also that Mia Sara’s character is the typical damsel in distress/hero’s love interest. There is nothing more to her other than to the girl in the film.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
When it comes to police work, the ability to prevent crime by being one step ahead of the criminal may not only dictate the speed in which the criminal is caught, but will also help in preventing future crimes.
In the 2002 movie, Minority Report, John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the chief of an elite police squad in Washington DC in the year 2054. Their squad is able to prevent crime by seeing into the future and stopping crime before it happens. But when Anderton is accused of a future murder, he is determined to prove that he is innocent.
I am not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but this movie is not bad. There is enough tension in the narrative to keep the audience engaged. This movie also reminds me, at least, that a) human beings cannot control fate (as much as we would like to) and that technology will always have one or two flaws.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
You know that a movie is iconic when audiences know it by a single line, regardless of if they have seen the movie or not.
In A Few Good Men (1992), Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer who has yet to work inside of a courtroom. His newest case is to defend two marines accused of killing a fellow Marine. Working with Lt. Cdr Joanne Galloway (Demi Moore), Daniel is initially uncaring about his case, but will quickly change his mind. Then comes the dramatic courtroom conflict with Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson). Will Daniel be able to prove innocence or did those men really kill their brother marine?
Normally, I am not a fan of Tom Cruise. But this movie is nothing short of fantastic. It hooks the audience quickly and does not let go until the very end.
I absolutely recommend it.