Film Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation find the IMF disbanded and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold. On the run from the CIA, Ethan must try to prove the existence of a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate, an International rogue organization as highly skilled as the IMF, headed up by the ruthless Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Hell-bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks, Ethan gathers his team – William (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg), and Luther (Ving Rhames) – and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.

It’s very rare for it to work this way around, but the Mission Impossible films get better with every instalment. It’s no surprise when Tom Cruise has so much passion behind the franchise, and it’s because of his dedication and talent that these action films stand out amongst the rest. We all know that Cruise pretty fit for 50-year-old man and that he insisted on doing as many of his own stunts as he could, but watching him in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is something else.

Full of authentic action and impressive stunts, Rogue Nation is combined with a clever and equally hilarious script, balancing comedy and exhilarating thrills, with excellent performances leading an intelligent espionage plot.

The original cast are all on top form, once again. It’s because of Cruise that these Mission Impossible films do so well in the first place, but they wouldn’t be the same without Pegg, Rhames, Renner, and Baldwin, either. The cast come together so well in this instalment, but there are some fantastic additions, too. Rebecca Ferguson is one sexy lady, taking lead as the fiercest ‘Bond girl’ equivalent of the Mission Impossible franchise yet, and Sean Harris is a phenomenal ‘villain’. The two certainly help to step this instalment up a notch in terms of both innovative action and escapist fun.

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