Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Film Review

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By my count Tom Cruise’s agent Ethan Hunt should have died at least four times in Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation – that is just how ridiculous the stunts have become in the franchise. I never expected the films to reach this number and I’m never blown away by them (except the 1996 original) but they are still entertaining and Tom Cruise is a brilliant action hero.

This time around Hunt is tracking down an elite terror organisation called the Syndicate, which he believes are responsible for major global disasters. However, following the antics of Ghost Protocol, the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is disbanded and the CIA, lead by Alec Baldwin, launch an investigation to find Hunt to bring him to justice over all the mayhem he caused on earlier missions. Hunt, now a fugitive, must go up against Syndicate leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and his associate-or-possible-double agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) with the help of Benji (Simon Pegg), Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and the old classic Luther (Ving Rhames).

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The best thing about Mission: Impossible is that Cruise does a lot of the stunts himself and that makes them so much more exciting. I’m sure we’ve all seen him literally clinging on to the side of an airplane as it takes off, but he also gets involved in high speed car chases and held his breath for more than six minutes for the underwater sequence. That is impressive and his dedication pays off. That being said, I sometimes feel the film is comprised of stunt set pieces strung together with a story cobbled in afterwards. It is all about the stunts, and while they are enjoyable to watch, there is no real sense of danger because Hunt will always survive. He should have died around four times, and he came out of each death-defying mission with hardly a scratch.

Like I said, the story is secondary here so it’s easy enough to follow. You never know if Ilsa is a good or bad person, but she can kick ass and Ferguson did stunts for real like Cruise, so I like her. I enjoy Benji the most, he is the comedy relief and Pegg’s chemistry with Cruise is a highlight. This is good fun and there is plenty of action, tech gadgets and locations to keep everyone entertained.

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