Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) Poster

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise Tom Cruise
Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner
Simon Pegg Simon Pegg
Rebecca Ferguson Rebecca Ferguson
Ving Rhames Ving Rhames
Sean Harris Sean Harris
Lane

Plot- 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.

Review– Good evening film-lovers, your mission should you choose to accept it is to go and watch Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Gather a team of friends and go immediately to the cinema to watch this in the largest screen you can find.

Because it’s awesome. Director Christopher McQuarrie’s previous film was the slightly above average Jack Reacher which apparently impressed Mr. Cruise enough that he’s been brought in to direct the best installment of this franchise.

In a nutshell the plot is very simple. Ethan Hunt must take down “The Syndicate” an evil organisation that I think wants to bring about global chaos. For backup, he can call upon Benji (played by Simon Pegg) ever dependable Luther (Ving Rhames) Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and possibly the mysterious Isla Faust (Rebecca Ferguson – absolutely magnificent.) To make matters more difficult the CIA (lead by Alec Baldwin) is hot on his trail. With the Impossible Mission Force gone, this may be a mission too impossible even for Hunt…

But this film is not about Ethan Hunt. He’s in it and does the insane stunts that we’ve come to expect from Mission Impossible most of which were done for real (thank Zeus) and not all of which were spoiled in the trailer. But the film seems finally to have realized that Ethan Hunt is less interesting than my desk and has made the film all about Femme Fatale Isla Faust. And I think that this is the best call that it can make, as she plays someone desperately trying to survive in a maze of grey where there is no loyalty or trust and survival is as much luck as skill.

The soundtrack is a masterpiece of subtlety. During one tense sense there’s no music at all, just the revving of engines. In another, merely the sound of a heartbeat as the oxygen ticks away. I wouldn’t recommend buying it, but it adds to the enjoyment and tension.

It’s just a shame that the villain is rubbish, he’s supposed to be this chess player who’s possibly superior to Hunt, but he spends most of his time staring at laptops, talking to people and sounding like he’s on the verge of losing his voice. I wanted someone with a bit of an edge who projected a sense of menace. Instead we get another person who’s personality rivals my desk.

The film does drag a little in the second act, and the globetrotting does seem to be a little excessive with us barely having time to focus on one location before we whiz off to the next, and the tone might be a little too light for the threat that The Syndicate allegedly poses.

But in the end, this is a thrill ride from start to finish, a twisting plot, incredible stunts an amazing female lead who I desperately want to get her own spin off film. It could do with having about ten minutes cut but aside from that, I rate this film as…

See It Now

As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, this blog will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This review will self destruct in 5 seconds.

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