Mission Impossible Rogue Nation boasts some grand in scale set pieces and action stages and gives us another highly entertaining jaunt in the series. The movie opens with a bang and showcases one of the biggest moments that has been highlighted throughout much of the marketing. This particular scene was damn impressive, especially knowing that it was an actual stunt that leading man, Tom Cruise, performed. This and many other moments feel so real and are the reason why the movie works so well, the action is fast, nothing feels cheap or fake, and there’s plenty of charm to go around.
Rogue Nation has the IMF (which Cruise and Co. work under) disavowed and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) being hunted by some remnants of his team and the CIA. Hunt’s motivation comes from an underground group known as The Syndicate; an informed group of individuals that strive to keep society the way they believe it should be. It’s just the espionage movie you were looking for: nothing really reinvents the wheel, but it polishes what we know of the genre and makes for a great adventure.
Cruise is great as ever as Ethan Hunt. The man is 53 years old and in impeccable shape. Cruise is known for doing all of his own stunts and this just continues to prove how he’s one of the most determined and tenacious actors in the business. Rebecca Ferguson playing an equally talented MI6 agent and Alec Baldwin, a leader in the CIA, are welcome additions to the cast that are rounded out with a sharp Jeremy Renner and an oddly more involved Simon Pegg.
I have some minor gripes with the movie being that the villain just wasn’t a great villain. What he did was compelling and nefarious enough, however his voice and facial expressions are downright laughable. The voice of this villain is somewhere along the lines of a chain smoker with two stomas that hasn’t had a glass of water for over 5 years. He’s surrounded by some cliché villains with foreign accents. So while the villain isn’t so believable, everything else certainly is.
I can’t really emphasize how great the action is, I feel like Ethan is holding on for his life as a plane lifts off, I feel the impact of a giant machine hitting his torso as he flails underwater. The chase sequences are expertly done and you want them to continue. Rogue Nation suffers from some pacing issues, but they aren’t anything that’s too bothersome. The plot is explained well and goes along fluently. There are a few fun twists thrown in but throughout the beginning and some of the end of the movie drags a little bit.
Without giving away much more, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation does all the things it’s supposed to, we’re given another solid entry for the action series and one that reaches great heights. It’s easily one of the best of the series and is on par with Ghost Protocol, which I believe is the best one. I really loved Rogue Nation and besides its very few shortcomings, it gives us exhilarating action and just a fun theater experience to be had. It headlines the summer of 2015 and it’s one of the best action movies I’ve seen since Mad Max. I highly recommend this venture into Rogue Nation and I can’t wait to see what Cruise and writer/director, Christopher McQuarrie, delve into next.