In Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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.

Synopsis: 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.

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt for this fifth installment of the ‘Mission Impossible’ movie series and the team he built up over the last two movies of Benji (Simon Pegg) and Brandt (Jeremy Renner) also make a welcome return.

Directing the film this time out is Christopher McQuarrie  who also wrote the films screenplay and did a pretty good job of maintaining the right balance of action and humour.

The story though seems to have a few similarities to the very first ‘Mission Impossible’ film in that the IMF is once again disbanded and Ethan Hunt is a wanted man, but this time around he has a couple of Allies inside the CIA in the form of Benji and Brandt.

It was nice to see all of the prior films get a few playful references in the scene where Hunt escapes from the syndicate. We see a keyring of a rabbits foot, which is a reference to the third film. And at the start of the movie where Brandt is having to defend the actions of the IMF to a US Government hearing we get some fun references to the last film as well as the first movie.

The action is thick and fast as you’d expect and there are some fantastic set pieces. The car chase in the middle of the film when Ethan is pursuing Ilsa Faust and a group of syndicate agents cracked up the audience as Ethan’s car speeds down a bunch of concrete stairs while chasing Ilsa and the Syndicate who are all on motorcycles… And the motorcycle chase, which follows on from that is amazing viewing. I really enjoyed the first person view that we were treated to in this sequence.

Much of the humour was again derived from Benji who although an active agent still seems very much out of his element, but damn good with the tech support. It was also nice to see Ving Rhames return as Luther. He got short shrift in the last film, but his role in this outing more than made up for that.

This outing for me was just as strong as the last film in the series, although personally I prefer the last film over this one, but only marginally so. I think I missed Paula Patton who played the kick ass Jane in the last film, but I guess they had to make room for Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust somehow.

 

9.4
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  • Great Action And Humour
  • I Got Nothing.
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    9.0
  • Action
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net

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