The fifth film in the franchise, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie. He reunites star Simon Pegg with Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner, and adds to the cast with Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson. Can this full movie top the previous from the series in the box office online? The omens look promising.
With the IMF separated, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now is against a group of very skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These excellently trained agents are hell bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.
Direction wise Christopher McQuarrie does well in giving us an exciting instalment in the franchise. We are given a pale imitation of the best of vintage 007 films. But he fails to go into any depth in the character of Ethan Hunt. We get to watch a throw away summer blockbuster that gives the audiences what they expect. In so far there the director delivers, but I think it is high time the series stopped trying to be other franchises. I do sincerely hope if there is another movie they rethink the direction that the films are going.
Performance wise Tom Cruise is firing on all cylinders as our favorite secret agent Ethan Hunt. Her throws himself into the action scenes as the Hollywood version of a watered down Jackie Chan. Rebecca Ferguson is a sexy addition to the cast and looks hot in states of dress or undress and matches our hero blow for blow in the action stakes. She basically plays Agent XXX from the classic 007 film The Spy Who Loved Me. Simon Pegg as the gadget master gets a little bit more to do and some of his jokes are funny. We have the welcome return of Ving Rhames and this time Jeremy Renner has a smaller role. Alec Baldwin is a welcome addition too. The main villain played by Sean Harris is passable and does not really pose a physical threat to Hunt and his team.
We get a great travel log of the action moving from London, Vienna, Casablanca and back to London again. The three big action scenes are good , but the movie starts of on a high and then fails to reignite again. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a great pop corn movie that tries too hard to out Bond 007 and fails. But if you are looking for your action fix before Spectre then you can watch Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation for free, the film will do nicely.
I now leave it up to the audience to make their own minds up.