Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

July 31, 2015 131 minutes PG-13

An action-drenched, thrills aplenty superspy sequel.

2015’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation‘ is a great addition to the long established franchise. A high-caliber mix of spycraft, tech, and adrenaline.

Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie sends Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF crew reeling back to the gritty reality of these missions everyone else calls impossible. The lighter touch of the last two films has been supplanted by a notable foreboding. Superspy Ethan Hunt is starting to believe that this game might actually kill him.

After a now trademark death-defying introduction we dive right in to a new mission: save the world from an evil global organization called SPECTRE The Syndicate and its seemingly omniscient leader (a deadly cool Sean Harris).

Borrowing heavily from many sources, notably Bond, Bourne, and Hitchcock the focus remains with Hunt and the OTT action. Like prior installments, the overly complex plot, however clever it might be this time, remains nearly irrelevant. All we need to know is that while everyone is trying to kill Hunt and his team, these agents work to take down this Evil League of Evil through any and all (impossible!) means necessary.

The stellar action pieces span the globe between an Austrian Opera House fight/chase, a Mission Impossible-ified underwater(!) computer vault heist, and one of the most viscerally exciting car/motorbike chases ever put to film.

Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames all return. While newcomer femme fatale Rebecca Ferguson steals the film with a confident, roguish charm and a playful chemistry with the well-matched Cruise. Even Alec Baldwin makes an appearance as the latest superior these renegade spies must answer to completely disregard.

If you’ve not seen previous installments these returning “M:I” characters could appear downright two-dimensional. That’s OK. It’s the action, not motives, that matter most. And the pace is fast enough that we aren’t left questioning too much.

It doesn’t have the polished class of ‘Ghost Protocol’, but, ‘M:I – Rogue Nation‘ delivers the goods. In your face action glory, nail-biting thrills, a strong female lead, one seriously twisted nemesis, and just enough tragedy deflecting humor to ensure constant excitement, suspense, and movie-going fun. Awesome.


Keeping the story (relatively) simple and the action in-your-face ensures the constant thrills aren’t bogged down with needless filler. A brilliant, super cool, and ever so fun OTT spectacle.

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