The Mission: Impossible franchise has become relatively self aware as of now – much like the Fast & Furious franchise. That’s not to say that neither franchise has gone down the tubes. Objectively, both are on top now more than ever, releasing new films this year crushing the box office. However the difference here is MI is little something more than a box office success.
The film starts in the best way possible – with a cold open showing Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in action on a mission barely skipping a beat. In fact, I’m almost positive some force of nature out there decided that Cruise simply wouldn’t age after Top Gun (1986) came out. The guy is fifty and he looks pretty damn good for it. After the cold open, the plot hits the ground running with Hunt discovering his suspicions to be true that there is rouge Impossible Mission’s Force. A rogue IMF. A Rogue Nation (YEAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! (The Who)). Hunt then has to go underground (Because let’s face it, an action movie where the hero isn’t running from his own government just isn’t as fun) and dissolve this Rogue Nation before they cause any more damage than they already have.
Along with Cruise are returners from Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol (2011) Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames (Who has been in every installment and will be if the studios know what’s good for them). I honestly loved all of these characters. They all shine in a unique way throughout the movie and they each get their chance to show their expertise. Whether it’s the banter between Cruise and Pegg or Rhames easily hacking into God knows what; or Renner simply talking his way through just about every situation, this foursome really carries the movie and I can’t see the movie really going forward without any of them. Newcomers to the series include Alec Baldwin as the stereotypical face of Washington trying to hunt down Hunt and his team, and Rebecca Ferguson who plays arguably the coolest character in the whole movie. All I can say about Baldwin is he’s great in his role and I enjoyed every time he was on screen. As for Ferguson, her character was just plain awesome. She plays the deep cover agent who works “for the badguy” and there are so many instances where you really don’t know what side she’s on. I was always on edge whenever she was involved in a key moment of the film and I’m just thrilled that more and more prominent female characters are coming up in films as opposed to the damsel in distress stereotype. Ferguson’s character is right up there this summer with the likes of Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man (2015)
Acting and characters aside, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s (2015) has some of the best action in a movie since Mad Max this past May. With almost all practical effects (with the exception of one or two moments in a car chase that were CGI) and Cruise doing his own stunts, the action really is what a summer blockbuster’s action should be. It walks the perfect line between realistic and imaginative without doing anything too over the top; but then again, if you go into a Mission: Impossible movie with expectations of a “grounded political thriller with realism and grittiness” like it was some sort of Tom Cruise/Christopher Nolan hybrid, then you’ve got it seriously twisted. There was this one underwater sequence that was a little too over the top, but it was nonetheless entertaining to see someone hold their breath for, I don’t know, five minutes? A fun game I like to play is whenever a character in a movie goes underwater, I like to hold my breath too and see if I can for as long as they do. It almost never works.
This is definitely the summer movie that people have been waiting for whether they know it or not. Mad Max was visually astounding, no doubt; Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Ant-Man were for the fanboys of Marvel and anyone else on that hype train (myself included); and Jurassic World (2015) I heard was the best comedy of 2015. But as far as intriguing characters, story, and action galore, this is the movie to see – whether you’ve seen the previous four or not (My friend Ryan saw this with me having only seen bits and pieces of the previous installments and he thoroughly enjoyed this movie as well.
Overall Rating: 8/10 – Great
It’s exactly what a summer blockbuster should be: Great action, awesome characters (both male and female), a star-studded cast, and just a chance for anyone to turn their brain off and go to the movies for the pure notion of being entertained for two hours. It isn’t groundbreaking in any way as far as themes and statements; but the one statement it does make, that I can get behind, is that it’s okay to go to the movies and have fun.
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