Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Written By: Christopher McQuarrie
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 11 min
I swear, Tom Cruise putting his socks on to the Mission Impossible theme would be exciting! That being said, Cruise certainly does more than get dressed up for the 5th installment in this entertaining franchise. Including, but not limited to, gluing himself to the side of plane while it takes off (8 takes apparently), learning how to hold his breath under water for 6 minutes, and riding a motorcycle like a crazed Grand Prix professional. Cruise certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to delivering high quality thrills in our theaters. Simultaneously putting stuntmen and CGI artists out of work, while likely giving his insurance agent heartburn.
The maestro of this piece, Christopher McQuarrie doesn’t hold back either, and Rogue Nation delivers a nice balance of great character moments, and high-octane thrills. Perfectly pitting Simon Pegg’s comedic sensibilities with Cruise’s intensity. Boldly pushing forward with a fun spy mystery adventure that trots globes, dazzles us with cool tech, while keeping the intentions of the lovely and very capable Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) a mystery.
Rogue Nation is slickly made quality popcorn munching entertainment. That’s the mission it accepted, and that’s what it delivers. It may lack the more dramatic turns present in the earlier installments, and you certainly never feel like Ethan (Tom Cruise) or the gang are in that much danger. But what it lacks in drama, it makes up with its pace, cool action direction, great cast and fun script.
If you’ve enjoyed the Mission Impossible films so far, then you’re likely to enjoy Rogue Nation. This film is also very watchable for people new to the franchise. This movie is rated PG-13 so the violence never gets too gratuitous or bloody.
This is a big fun adventure that’s best enjoyed in a theater. If you wait for the rental, then your next best option is a nice big TV. The impact of this great adventure flick will be subdued on a laptop, tablet or phone sized screen.
Ethan is trying to locate a man called Solomon Lane, and tracks him to the Vienna Opera House. I loved the entire set up and execution of this action sequence as spy tracks and tackles spy, while the performance of Puccini’s opera Turandot, continues uninterrupted.