Cert: 12A Runtime: 131 mins Director: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris and Ving Rhames
The Syndicate is real. A rogue nation, trained to do what we do
The Mission:Impossible franchise keeps getting better and better Ghost Protocol was potentially the best 4th movie of a franchise ever. The promise of more Ethan Hunt is always a tempting one, plus Tom Cruise is on a hot streak of great films lately. Rogue Nation is one of my most anticipated films of the year, Fury Road was great action but can M:I 5 add too the fun? What is Rogue Nation about you ask? With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat — called the Syndicate — soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.
Rogue Nation is officially the best 5th film of a franchise ever! You have an interesting plot, old characters we love and care for and also new ones to be intrigued by. All of it is glued together by writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, I didn’t like Jack Reacher but I did like M:I 5. Ghost Protocol my favourite of the franchise is still in my mind 4 years on. Rouge Nation is a different beast but with the same formula. Rogue Nation seems grittier but it’s very comfortable in it’s own shoes. Every chase and fist fight is nailed down to a tee, and is utterly satisfying. In this post-Mad Max: Fury Road world, the editing may be annoying still for some, but if you haven’t seen Fury Road, or if you can forget about it, it’s some of the best pre-Mad Max: Fury Road action you can find around. The direction and sound are top notch, allowing you feel every impact and see it clear enough.Tom Cruise does a great job at being Tom Cruise (is it only me that thinks he can only play himself?).
Jeremy Renner is still annoying me slightly but he seems stuck in this franchise. Simon Pegg is hilarious in yet another action movie-comic relief role. It’s a bit of a shame really but he seems type cast for life now. Most notable is the addition as Rebecca Ferguson as Isla Faust. Her character is the fuel to the fire in this movie, and her smart and sexy performance does as good of a job testing our allegiances as does it Ethan Hunt’s. Now my main issue is Sean Harris, he is a phenomenal actor. But my days he was boring here and wasn’t menacing at all. But villains are a continuous issue in cinema these days.Ultimately, what made this movie so great was the superb action. Every set-piece is crafted by a team that knows what they’re doing, and they do it very well. Obviously, a certain suspension of disbelief is required for this series, but that plays within the grounds it has since the very first release. I mean, Impossible is the franchise name. Watch the movie for that alone, but I still prefer Ghost Protocol over Rogue Nation.