Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. (IMDB)

Writer:  Christopher McQuarrie
Director:  Christopher McQuarrie
Stars:  Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
Run time/Rating:  131Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter

To start off his review of the 1996 Mission: Impossible movie, famed movie critic Roger Ebert said; “not sure I could pass a test on the plot of “Mission: Impossible.” My consolation is that the screenwriters probably couldn’t, either.” He gave the action packed rookie film of the franchise a thumbs up and 3 out of 4 stars.  Plot didn’t matter back then and when you are watching a tight action packed super movie like M:I – Rogue Nation, it still doesn’t matter today.

That is not to say Rogue Nation neglected the plot for this awesome blockbuster, only that when you add one in, it turns a good movie into a great movie. The screenwriters weaved in a very engaging and smart plot accompanied by everything you have come to expect from the series and more including motorcycle chases, underwater heists, car chases, parkour, and hand to hand combat as good as I can remember on screen.  I loved Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

To get back to that engaging plot, the impossible mission sub division of the CIA is under attack and facing a ruling that would shut them down by newly appointed CIA Director Alan Hunley played by Alex Baldwin.  This leaves the Impossible Mission team consisting of Ethan Hunt(Tom Cruise), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) facing the option to abandon their mission, or complete it without the legal cover of the  US government.  For a group whose missions are called impossible we all know they are unlikely to abandon one until they have made it possible.  The mission they are currently involved with is uncovering and taking down a terrorist group which is creating “accidents” all over world killing tens of thousands at a time and increasing their power in the process.

The storyline is more than engaging and keeps you guessing as well as anxious throughout.  The masterpieces in this movie, however are the action sequences which are so perfectly done that from one to the next your jaw has not had enough time to recover from its dropped position.  It is a really amazing action movie.  Made even more so by the fact that most of the actors performed their own stunts, something which Tom Cruise is famous for.

I also love it for it’s charm and lightheartedness. There is an entire scene done backstage at an opera with a background of beautiful music and agents in formal wear.  There are also the one off lines and physical bits that break the intensity with out loud laughter.  Simon Pegg is perfect for his role because he is an actor who can be taken seriously but also has such an ease of finding where the jokes are in a moment.  You can really say the same thing about Tom Cruise who simply stated, knows exactly how to deliver to audiences of millions.  I like Jeremy Renner so much as an actor and he is solid in a supporting role, and pretty much anything is improved with a little Alex Baldwin added in.  I was perhaps most blown away by Rebecca Ferguson. She is new to the series and was amazing in her physical combat and intricate role.  If she did not come in to the making of this film a ton of martial arts experience I would be very surprised because she was so incredibly nimble and impressive with her fighting techniques.

This is what a summer blockbuster is supposed to be.  Comparing this to the previous big movie that saw and reviewed; Jurassic World,  I would call this more of a mature, adult blockbuster and one more based in reality and better in just about all facets when it comes to action, story, and special effects.


Large Popcorn with Butter.

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