The world of cinema is going to take advantage of any human celebration that has enough visual potential to include it in a movie. The portrait that is made of it will be more or less faithful depending on the title in question, but today it is time to make a stop at Hollywood’s greatest insult to Easter of all time.
I’m sure you’ve got a lot right since I’m referring to ‘Mission Impossible 2’, the film starring Tom Cruise in the year 2000 and, by far, the worst installment of one of the best franchises in film history. The moment in question happens around minute 24, when we see a Holy Week procession located in the city of Seville. So far everything more or less normal, but things get complicated as soon as we look at the details.
The problem is that the procession in question also includes fallas, falleras and even costaleros of San Fermín. In this way, the film shamelessly mixes three celebrations without any connection to each other, which take place on different dates and two of them without any connection to the city of Seville. A nonsense that already gave a lot to talk about at the time of its premiere.
Also, it doesn’t help that at a certain point the character played by Anthony Hopkins Comment on the following about this peculiar celebration: “These parties are a bummer. Honor the saints by burning things. Curious way to venerate them, don’t you think? They almost burned me coming here“.
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By the way, it is not the only Tom Cruise film that has made the mistake of uniting San Fermín and Seville, as it also happened several years later in ‘Night and Day’. The actor justified himself in an interview by saying that it was only a movie and that “we just wanted to celebrate Spain“, while Cameron Diaz argued that “we didn’t want to make a historical film“, something that Cruise also supported.
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