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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Review

Tom Cruise is back with the fifth installment of his espionage action series.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check out our review of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation!

Rogue Nation sees Ethan Hunt and his team being hunted as fugitives by the CIA, while trying to take down an organization known as The Syndicate, on a global spanning action fest.  The IMF has been dissolved, with its former agents traveling incognito to Morocco and United Kingdom as just a couple stops on their mission to save the world from a terrorist threat with other big powers on their tail.  Let’s be honest, you’re coming to see these movies for their spectacular action set pieces, and this film delivers on that end.

Tom Cruise and his stunt team continue to amaze with each entry having a big time movie star put himself in dangerous situations FOR REAL that add serious depth to the action. There are three highly memorable scenes in this film that were featured heavily in the marketing, and for good reason.   How do you top Ghost Protocol’s feat of having Cruise run along the side of the tallest building in the world? Why not have him hang off the side of an air plane midflight?!  Another highlight includes a high velocity motorcycle chase scene that feels  like a much more modern take on John Woo’s dancing motorist Uzi fight from Mission: Impossible 2.   Finally, I must bring up a long take scene requiring Ethan to hold his breath underwater while switching out a hard drive amidst chaos.  Cruise reportedly trained himself to hold his breath for six minutes underwater in order to pull off this scene.  However you feel about Cruise, he always brings it for this franchise.

Along with Cruise, a handful of other franchise vets join the party for the latest adventure.  Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn gets an even bigger role this time around, and continues to steal every scene he’s in with his wicked comedic timing.  Ving Rhames’ Luther comes back as the longest recurring partner for Ethan Hunt.  Jeremy Renner’s Agent Brandt unfortunately takes a back seat this go around. Brandt spends almost the entirety of the film talking on the phone; seeming like he’s being groomed more so for the next Entourage movie than to take over this franchise. Another disappointment with this entry is a lack of female representation on the team. Sure, Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust is a major player in this film, but with her allegiances always in question, it would have been nice to have a constant female bad ass around.  Alec Baldwin rounds out the cast as a CIA operative hell bent on taking down the IMF and Ethan Hunt.

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Jeremy Renner in Entourage….I MEAN Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

The biggest problem Rogue Nation has going for it is simply its predecessors were too strong.  This entry ranks towards the bottom of the franchise for me after the resurgence the series has had the last decade.  JJ Abrams brought so much style in Mission: Impossible 3, and Brad Bird perfected it with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, which is in my opinion one of the best action films of this millennium.  After those two films, this one just seems kind of…..dull.  The last two just visually popped so much and this one fizzles a bit in that regard.

At the end of the day, if you’re a fan of the continuing adventures of Ethan Hunt, you’ll definitely want to see this.  It’s not one of the best in the franchise, but a solid entry and a good one time watch.   This review will self-destruct in 10 seconds.

Will you accept this mission? What are your thoughts on the film? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Mr. Cinester is a local film maker straight out of Arizona. He watches an absurd amount of television and films.

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