Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Review by Steve Duffy –

Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

 

The opening sequence is awesome! Hidden in a field is Benji (Simon Pegg, the films comic relief), who is trying to hijack the controls of a military cargo plane while Luther (Ving Rhames) concurrently tries to hack a Russian satellite.

Cue the Mission Impossible theme song: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) runs toward the wing of cargo plane as it takes off and clings to the side as he awaits for the door to open. Awesome!

The U.S. and the CIA have grown tired of Hunt and his team, so under the leadership of CIA Director Alec Baldwin, IMF is quickly shut down and a manhunt to capture the elusive Hunt begins.

While the CIA tries to track him down, Hunt is trying to find Solomon Lane (a very boring Sean Harris), the mastermind of The Syndicate. When he is captured by Lane’s men, he is then rescued by IIsa Frost (Rebecca Ferguson). Is she friend or foe?

Ferguson is a strong female counterpart for Cruise and one of the best of the franchise. Unfortunately, both Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames are underused in their roles.

Although not a huge fan of Cruise, I sure give the guy major props for performing his own stunts. He does them with conviction, ease, and perfection, especially for someone in his 50’s.

M:I5 is my favorite film of the franchise. It’s an exhilarating and action-packed film that reminds us why Cruise is a great action star.

Most spy action thrillers usually use the same formula, but Rogue Nation does up the ante and keeps the story fresh even after 20 years.

PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity

Runtime: 2 hr. 12 min.


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