“The Tom Cruise system”, on TMC: a Hollywood star who defies time

Pete Maverick Mitchell (Tom Cruise) in

TMC – TUESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 9:25 P.M. – DOCUMENTARY

Released May 25, 2022, Top Gun: Maverick is “the” film that made the public want to go to dark rooms after the health crisis. A feat hailed with a thunderous “You saved Hollywood’s ass”launched by Steven Spielberg during the dinner of the Oscars, on February 14, to the attention of the producer and hero of the film, Tom Cruise.

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So the question is why? Why, even in France, where the name of the actor is above all associated with Scientology, this sequel to Top Gun 1986 exceeded 6 million admissions in three months?

Author of the documentary, Ambre Chalumeau provides a professional and pleasing response, by dissecting “the Tom Cruise system” in several acts: stunts, physique, look, “freak out” – during the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2005, on the set of mission impossible 7 during the pandemic… – and Scientology. With the touch of polite fantasy that has made her successful in “Quotidien”, the TMC magazine in which the young journalist has been presenting a culture column since the start of the 2020 school year.

“Cinephilic Orgasm”

Coppola, Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Scorsese, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone… Tom Cruise’s filmography is qualified ” crazy “. It even provides “a cinephilic orgasm” to Geoffrey Crété, editor-in-chief ofwide screen, particularly interesting throughout the film, as was ​Thomas Croisière, film columnist. They agree that its success is due to a formula: “It looks real because it’s real” (“it looks real because it’s real”). Jumping from an airliner, piloting a cuckoo clock, clinging to a TGV launched at 300 km/h (incredible scene): like Jean-Paul Belmondo in his time, Tom Cruise does the stunts himself.

Film excerpts and interviews are punctuated by interventions in which Ambre Chalumeau stages herself. To name just one, she redid a cascade of mission impossible 1. It’s funny. Above all, it opens the doors to the school of stuntmen trained by Jérôme Gaspard, who reveals behind the scenes of the filming of the “motorcycle jump” which is already a cult moment in mission impossible 7which is slated for release on July 12.

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We will also remember the career choices of the actor deciphered by the screenwriter Julie-Anna Grignon; the scene in shirt, underpants and sock of Risky Business (1983); the memories of Lorraine Gauly Amie, the high school friend of Thomas C. Mapother (birth name of the comedian)…

Tom Cruise is 60 years old today. At the beginning of Top Gun: Maverickhe opposes his colonel, who predicts a future where planes will no longer need a pilot, and therefore him, to fly. ” Maybereplies the interested party, but not yet. » A mission impossible 8 is announced in 2024, and Edge of Tomorrow 2 in 2025.

The Tom Cruise System, written by Ambre Chalumeau, directed by Elise Le Bivic (Fr., 2023, 81 min).

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