Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

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Yes, that’s right. This is the fifth entry in the Mission Impossible franchise, following the (surprisingly good) Ghost Protocol in 2011.Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) follow the newer team of IMF agents, including leader Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), tech expert Benjamin Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Field Director William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) as they attempt to track down The Syndicate (if it even exists) and the elusive Solomon Lane (Sean Harris).

+ Tom Cruise, once again, is surprisingly enjoyable as rogue IMF agent Ethan Hunt. It shouldn’t be surprising anymore that Cruise manages to make Hunt easy to get behind and a genuine badass, because he has done it four times now, but I am still caught off guard by just how intense he makes the character of Hunt in each of these films. Again, Cruise does all of his own stunts, proving he is legitimately insane
+ after some complaints from the previous film, the supporting cast of Rogue Nation get a real chance to shine. Techie Benjamin Dunn (Simon Pegg) and IMF Field Director William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) in particular are given larger roles than Ghost Protocol. Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell has a smaller but important(ish) role, but it is clear the former two were the ones given more focus
+ the plot is simple but effective, and a few twists and turns keep things interesting, though admittedly not necessarily memorable
+ the action scenes are sudden and intense, but interestingly not particularly violent (in terms of blood or breaks)

– Sean Harris, as big bad Solomon Lane, has one intimidating appearance early in the film, but becomes more a pale Christoph Waltz impression as the film goes on Something about him, in both actions and appearance, just didn’t work for me at all
– it does seem a petty complaint, especially as films are getting more rote and by-the-books every year, but I can’t help but feel this film could have had 15-20 minutes shaved without losing anything of note. The final confrontation drags just that little bit too long, and it ruined the tension created in the lead-up

Should you see this film: Yes. Much like the previous film, Rogue Nation is both a fantastic entry in the Mission Impossible franchise, and a solid action film in it’s own right.

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