Since 1996, Tom Cruise has been hitting it out of the park when it comes to the Mission: Impossible franchise, and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is the best of the series so far.
2011’s M:I-4 Ghost Protocol felt like it was the last film in the franchise, and it easily could have gone out like that. However, when you’re a big bankable star like Tom Cruise, it’s a series that you can return to every few years knowing it’s a guaranteed money maker.
Whether you like Cruise or not, there is no debate that he is one of the finest actors of our generation. Put aside his Scientology beliefs and his overall craziness, the man is a throwback and hopefully more actors follow his lead when it comes to his attention to detail. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that he doesn’t seem to age. We forget that “Maverick” is 53 years old!
I’ve always said that I prefer the traditional style of film making when it comes to stunts. So many directors have gotten lazy or have tried to cut costs by using CGI for big non-realistic action scenes. It’s one of the reasons I hated Furious 7 and loved Mad Max: Fury Road.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation takes real lifelike stunts and turns it to 11. There are many scenes where Cruise does his own stunt work, including hanging onto a door of a military plane as it takes off. Yes, I know he was harnessed in and they CGI’ed out the straps. The fact of the matter is the man did that stunt to add some realism to the scene instead of it looking like a cartoon.
Besides all the crazy stunts, including what Cruise can do on a crotch rocket, M:I-5 is one of the best films of the series, and in a lot of ways it revitalizes the franchise. As fellow critic Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News so beautifully put it, “This is comfort-food cinema. Gorge on the endless buffet.”
It’s true, there is nothing new here and nobody is reinventing the wheel. M:I-5 follows the same formula as the previous films, but this time we have better gadgets, bigger thrills and an “evil-er” bad guy who just wants to destroy the world. It’s tasty goodness on the silver screen.
Spy films should keep you guessing, and yes there is always an air of predictability in most of them, but as a viewer, in the back of your head you should always be wondering how the protagonist is going to stop this new villain and his evil ways. Hunt gets himself into many precarious positions and you know he’s going to get out of it. You just don’t know how, and that’s where M:I-5 shines from a creative standpoint.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back with some familiar IMF buddies in William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg), and Luther (Ving Rhames). This time the head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) is looking to shut the IMF down because of the amount of collateral damage the “outdated” spy agency has caused throughout the world.
The plot is pretty simple. The IMF is disbanded and this time Hunt is being hunted, not just by the CIA, but a new terrorist organization called The Syndicate. This new cell has been created by a former agent named Lane whose sole purpose is to cause worldly pain and to destroy the IMF altogether. Hunt is so obsessed with finding out who is behind this evil group that many think he has lost his marbles.
Of all the baddies we have seen in the Mission Impossible series, actor Sean Harris didn’t have to say much because he has a face that you just want to punch. He is so good as Lane, the evil rogue agent and leader of The Syndicate, that I hope we see him again somewhere down the line.
Of course Hunt meets up with a beautiful lady named Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who is also a deadly agent, but the big question is what team does she play for?
Oh and let’s not forget that there is a mission…that’s impossible, and the IMF team needs to solve the problem and execute some sort of crazy plan.
As a side note, I have to say that Rebecca Ferguson was fantastic in this action film and stole the show. She’s more than just a “purdy” face. She handled the demanding action sequences like a champ and did her own stunts as well.
The former model and Golden Globe-nominee went under vigorous fitness and stunt training, consisting of a 6-weeks of 6 hours-a-day training schedule, including Pilates, fight choreography and stunt practice.
The story moves at a great pace with some nice twists that keep you engaged. Two hours and twelve minutes doesn’t feel long, but it’s just enough time to tell the full story and include some big time intrigue and action. You will be fully engrossed from the opening action sequence and onwards.
Tom Cruise delivers another great performance, and although I’m sure many of you will make comments on how much you hate him, he’s the engine that drives this franchise.
Just announced is a M:1-6, which will start filming in 2016. This is great news and something to value because who knows how many more Mission: Impossibles Tom has left in him. It will be a sad day when we can’t have anymore Ethan Hunt.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is one of the best action films of 2015. It’s what summer blockbuster films should be and what so many other films have tried to mimic but don’t even come close to replicating.
No problems giving this film 4 raindrops out of 5. It’s a must see, and you can do what I did: take your mom to the movie theatre and have a blast.
Count your lucky stars because we are in for a treat with another film for the spy genre with Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It’s opening on August 14th, and it has already got some very strong early reviews. For now though, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opens this Friday. Enjoy.
Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation is in theatres now. Rated PG-13 with a running time of 117 minutes.