Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
by Wilson Morales

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The thing about watching Tom Cruise come back as Ethan Hunt for the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series is that he’s always going to give you his everything when it comes to death-defying action scenes. From car chases to fight scenes and now dangling from an airplane, Ethan Hunt is certainly the hardest man to kill. With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Cruise is joined, not only by his trusted allies (the always reliable wingman Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg) but with a newcomer (Rebecca Ferguson), who could very much lead this franchise if producers ever choose to go in a different direction. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation delivers first rate entertainment from beginning to end. Certainly a non-stop joyride that will continue the franchise should audiences choose to accept whimsical disbelief.

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As with most of the plots of the franchise, either the IMF agency is in danger of being disbanded or they have to stop a dangerous individual from unleashing worldwide destruction. In this film, Hunt is on the trail to stop The Syndicate, a group of former agents believed to be dead. Without knowing their ulterior motive and with no one to believe his story, Hunt is on his own, yet again, that is until he brings his go-to wingman and tech savvy Luther (Rhames), and analyst Benji (Pegg) in aiding him. Holding the fort back home in front of the Senate oversight committee is Brandt (Renner), trying to stop CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) from dismantling the IMF.

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In pursuing Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), The Syndicate’s leader, Hunt comes across Ilsa (Ferguson), another spy whose allegiance is puzzling from the start. One minute she’s saving his life and the next she’s trying to kill him. From the car chase scenes, fighting above an opera house, swimming with little oxygen time, and preventing an assassination, Hunt is hands full in completing his unauthorized mission.

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From the start, Cruise aims to please and he delivers. For a guy over the age of 50, he’s certainly does these films with a Peter Pan attitude. He can hang on airplane door while in air, drive a motorcycle at blazing speed and perform stunts without gasping for air. Granted, it may be a stunt double doing the heavy work, but Cruise does a great job at faking it. Just when you thought it was all action, the plot starts to make sense. With most of these films, one tends to forget the plot because there stunt scenes usually blows your mind, but Christopher McQuarrie, who’s worked with Cruise on other projects, and Drew Pearce really put together a script that one can actually remember.

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The scene stealer is Ferguson. Unless you saw her on television in BBC’s The White Queen, this newcomer, at least on the big screen, makes one hell of a Hollywood entrance. With the last film, Ghost Protocol, we had Paula Patton and Léa Seydoux go toe-to-toe, but Ferguson does more on her own and stands as an equal to Cruise. It’s good to see Rhames back in the fold considering he only appeared in one scene in the last film. Sean Harris is okay as the baddie, but he’s no Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Mission: Impossible III), who will forever be the best villain in the franchise.

Overall, this is a solid, enjoyable summer film that will please everyone.

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