Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation (2015) Film Review
I’m something of a action movie junkie. As many of you probably now. Between films like the “Jason Bourne” trilogy or Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, I do enjoy the “summer blockbusters.” One such film from this past summer was touted as being “better than Bourne or Bond.” I’m not entirely sure of the accuracy of that statement, however Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation is darn entertaining.
In the aftermath of his last mission (one with messy pieces), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is ready to accept a new mission. He follows protocol, and arrives at the drop point where he learns that his mission protocols have been hijacked. By this time it’s too late to retreat, and Ethan is captured. While in captivity, the aid of a mysterious woman is his freedom. The trouble is, when he returns, the IMF has been shut down by the CIA.
Ethan’s unit is a thing of the past.
Six months later, Ethan is still free (despite the CIA’s promise he won’t be). He’s busy hunting down the mysterious shadow organization of rogue agents known as the Syndicate. Closing in on his prey, Ethan teams up with the woman who saves his life, a disgraced British agent, Elsa (Rebecca Ferguson), and under direct defiance to their orders, the rest of his team. This includes computer genius Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg); loyal and protective Luther (Ving Rhames); and the newest member of their quartet, William Brandt (Jeremy Renner).
Whether it’s the crazy insane (read: impossible) nature of the stunts, the cast’s easy-going chemistry or globe-trotting glitz and glamour, this one entertains. Initially, this plot feels identical to the proceeding film, ‘Ghost Protocol’ in broad terms. The previous film also involves IMF and a bad rap (perhaps all of the MI films do?), and because of this, we’re kind of let down. The more I’ve think about it (I didn’t watch the fourth movie prior to this one), the more contrast I see. Regardless, I’m going to brush off any minor irritant and say this: ‘Rogue Nation’ is 100% fun.
Though I did see this long after its release, the wait is worth it. Most surprising is the characterization, which is really quite good. (Though if we’re on the comparison page, it’s nothing to the Bourne movies.) Perhaps this is improved by the fact that original characters return in this fifth film. Or maybe it’s that the writer’s simply do their job, and write excellent character traits. It’s again fun to see Jeremy Renner return, and the friction between he and Ethan. Most of all, it’s Elsa’s character who imrpesses. As a new character, her persona is what the script spent the most time molding (in a deeper sense) and it’s perfection. She becomes one of those shifting characters the viewer is constantly questioning: What are her motives? Is she on the up and up? Is she evil?
If you’re a fan of the franchise or simply someone looking for an entertaining action flick, this is an ideal way to spend a Saturday night in. The film runs overlong by ten minutes or perhaps a bit more however the humor helps alleviate this (and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the car chase sequence is actually one of the funnier bits – especially in the early part while Ethan is in the driver’s seat). Also to its credit, this doesn’t seem to rely on the previous films. Like I mentioned earlier on, the only other film I’ve seen is the fourth, which to my memory did rely some on the premise that the audience had a minimal knowledge of the earlier films.
In the end, I do have to mention the one glamorous sequence that works itself into the story. Action films aren’t all about the big stunt scene – or they shouldn’t be. To see the characters in a high fashion wardrobe in an Opera house setting helps to sell this as a high-class action flick. The end leaves some threads to dangle, teasing us with the unanswered questions. History suggests this won’t be the last mission we see Ethan Hunt and Co. accept. I for one am more than ready for another of their impossible missions.
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(Content: the film is PG13 for a handful of “intense” action scenes. These include car chases and accidents. Numerous other scenes involve casualties or at the least, severe injuries. There is an instance of torture, and some minor profanity of the standard variety – sh*t, da*m, etc.)