Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the original Tom Cruise lead Mission: Impossible. I heard Cruise say that recently on a talk show and it was shocking to put into perspective just how long this franchise has been around (Yes I’m aware of the series from 1966). Twenty years of espionage fueled explosions, helicopter chases, motorcycle chases and hand-to-hand combat all featuring the craziest son of a bitch still acting in film today. If that isn’t enough, work is already underway on a sixth film in the M:I franchise planned for release in 2017. At fifty-three years of age Cruise is still flying and falling and flailing like a mad man with the singular purpose of entertaining the thrill seeking audience that his movies attract. Put aside any bias opinions of his personal exploits and focus only on his career as an actor and there is no denying that he is a step above most actors his age. With Rogue Nation that impressive resumé grows with even bigger and ballsier stunts.
We can all tell when it’s a stunt double or green screen so when a film like this comes along that strives for authenticity people tend to gravitate towards it. I can assure you that when it’s Cruise’s character on screen it’s Cruise himself at all times. He hangs off of mammoth airplanes and rides motorcycles at 120mph and does it all convincingly.
Ethan Hunt is in trouble yet again trying to seemingly single-handedly fight off threats hell bent on destroying lives and toppling governments. The Syndicate as it is mysteriously titled is by all accounts the anti-IMF and with such an illustrious career, Hunt is right in their crosshairs. Of course his own agency sees his recent antics as nothing less than reckless, they not only abandon him but actively hunt him down with intent to either capture or kill him if necessary. It ain’t easy bein’ Hunt(ed).
At this point you know what a M:I movie will entail. It’s Cruise chasing some secret organization with his witty crew in tow. Simon Pegg is as charming and hilarious as ever alongside the original technical support, Ving Rhames. Newcomer Rebecca Ferguson is every bit of Tom Cruise’s equal with the added sex appeal that most spy films inevitably have (not complaining). The villain isn’t the strongest but the actor does create a certain amount of menace to make the villain still entertaining and formidable enough to take on Ethan Hunt. If I had to make a decision on which I like more, Rogue Nation or Ghost Protocol I would have to choose the latter but that isn’t a slight against Rogue Nation. If anything I would say it’s on the same level as Protocol and as the fifth installment that’s impressive that it only continues to grow in thrills and intelligence.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is one of the best action films of the year (second to Mad Max) and is most definitely worth the price of admission (IMAX is encouraged). These are the kinds of movies to see on the big screen. Big spectacle, big names and big screens; it just makes sense. See it, enjoy it, experience it. An actor of Tom Cruise’s caliber is something of a rarity and not likely to be matched anytime soon. So with that I say this, don’t miss Rogue Nation.
Rated PG-13 for: sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity
Run Time: 131 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Action/Adventure, Thriller
Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
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