Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Madman almost breaks his neck for our amusement

One of these days, Tom Cruise is really going to hurt himself. It’s inevitable, isn’t it? Now in his 50s, the guy just keeps climbing skyscrapers and hanging from airplanes and almost letting someone stab him in the eyeball. We, of course, love him for it, and keep coming back for more, like the sadistic gluttons for foolhardy spectacle that we are. As Adam Sandler and Arnold Schwarzenegger struggle to put asses in seats, their star power waning by the project, Cruise regularly rejuvenates his career through less conventional methods—namely, by damn near killing himself for our ghoulish amusement.

Cruise damn near kills himself a few times in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, the fifth entry in the commercially and creatively reliable film series. (Even that much-maligned second entry—the one with the doves and the Limp Bizkit tie-in track—is good for an adrenaline rush or two …

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