Say what you want about Tom Cruise, this guy is a bona fide star. Not just an action star, but a legendary movie star. He comes to each project with an intensity that shows me he means business. He has only made a few films that were not very good, but even in those, he gives each film his all. That kind of commitment to a film is not as easily found in a lot of today’s mainstream actors. But it is not more apparent than in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation easily one of the best films of the year and the best of the franchise. This thing is tremendous.
This time around, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on the trail of the ‘Syndicate’, a shadowy “Anti-IMF” terrorist group that is responsible for several terrorist attacks around the world. Of Course, no one believes they are real, most of all Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin). Hunley is the head of the CIA and vows to shut IMF down, once and for all. But first, he has to find Hunt who is now off of the grid.
I won’t go further into the plot because I want people to rush out and see this film. Needless to say, the action in this film is some of the best I have ever seen. As in Mad Max: Fury Road there is meaning behind the action not just mindless mayhem. The action grows out of the story that is brilliantly written by Christopher McQuarrie, who also directs, as well. He has crafted a terrific mystery and a great espionage thriller that is filled with great set pieces, one even more incredible that the previous one. The Jet scene that is shown in the trailer is the first scene of the film and that, in and of itself is mind boggling. That is really Tom Cruise hanging off of the side of the plane. He shot that scene eight…..that’s right……..EIGHT times to get the shot right. This is in the opening scene of the film, remember.
There is scene after scene of great dialogue between the characters as the plot thickens. Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) is used more in this film and that was great to see. As is, Jeremy Renner returning as Brandt and Simon Pegg once again is Benji who never seems to run out of clever things to say at the most opportune times. His humor and his clever wit never seems to feel forced or overshadows the film. He enhances it and credit McQuarrie for writing such a smart and inventive script. There has been a lot of thought put into this story and it never seems over the top. McQuarrie as writer and director seems to know how far to push a scene to get the most out of it without overdoing the scene and make it campy, contrived or tired. This film is fresh, fun and endlessly exciting.
Cruise is totally in his element and loving every minute of it. At 54, he looks great and as always, knocks his role out of the park. Hunt is a man on the run who still believes what he is doing is the right thing to do, no matter who is after him and for whatever reason. Rebecca Ferguson is Ilsa Faust and she is a revelation. Stunningly gorgeous, sexy and legitimately tough as nails, she never looses her sense of humanity or vulnerability. She is THE “strong woman” that society is always looking for. She is made to be tough, not just because she can handle a gun but her ability to dash into the most dangerous of situations and navigate her way out of them. But she knows what is at stake and feels genuine fear of what will happen if they fail. Rebecca Ferguson is an actress to watch out for. She is radiant all of the way through. Which brings me to Lane (Sean Harris). He is a quiet and controlled villain. Capable of killing a record shop girl at the drop of a hat, but still very sharp, intelligent, methodical and most of all patient. Like a chess player arranging his pieces. Hunt knows that he may have just met his match. Harris is phenomenal as Lane. There is not one performance that is weak or underdeveloped and the same can be said for the entire film.
If i had any complaints, it would be that some of the gadgets seem to appear out of thin air. These are plot devices that seem to hing on our ability to accept the fact that they just pop up when the film needs them. But this is a small complaint. If you get past that, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has not only kept the franchise alive but breathed new life into it. Joe Kraemer, who has scored some of Christopher McQuarrie’s other films, provides one of his best scores with MI5 and is well worth purchasing either as a download from Amazon or on CD. it is a rousing orchestral score that gives some punch to the film in every scene. Yes, say what you want about Tom Cruise and all of his eccentricities but this man and his ‘Mission’ deliver a standout film of 2015.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Movie Review (2015) by JohnnyTwoToes of the Movie Slackers.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – Rated PG13 for violence, language and adult situations
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – Run Time is 131 minutes