Cary, NC — Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is the fifth entry in Tom Cruise’s 20-year old spy franchise. Despite the older age of both the star and series, Rogue Nation proves to be one of the most entertaining movies of the summer and might have even had a shot at best action movie of the summer if it weren’t for a little movie called Mad Max: Fury Road.
New Installment, New Director
The Impossible franchise has a good track record in terms of quality, at least in my humble opinion. 4 out of 5 of the films range from very good to great, with Part 2 being the only bad one of the bunch. The plots of these films are all similar, with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt becoming disavowed and having to round up a team on his own to save the world in some impossible way.
The one true distinction each film carries is the director, with Cruise choosing some great, and sometimes out of left field, choices. This time that choice is Christopher McQuarrie, director of Cruise’s excellent but little seen Jack Reacher.
Amazing, Insane Stunts
McQuarrie is a great choice, as he focuses on practical stunts and limited CGI for the action scenes, making everything you see onscreen feel just a little more dangerous and exciting. The film’s best special effect, though, is star Tom Cruise.
This guy is willing to do anything for the sake of entertainment, including his much publicized stunt where he straps himself to the side of an airplane as it takes off. That stunt is actually part of the film’s opening sequence, and it’s just as awesome and insane as it sounds.
Thankfully, the film is able to live up to those opening moments by giving Cruise plenty of other death defying acts to perform, including jumping from buildings and riding motorcycles at incredibly high speeds.
Not just content to thrill his audience, though, both Cruise and the film remember to keep a great sense of humor throughout. Famously short for a leading man, Cruise is not afraid to use his short stature to great comedic affect, fighting guys that actually seem to be twice his height.
The rest of the cast lend a great hand as well, both with comedy and with stunts. Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) all return to help out Cruise. There is a great sense of camaraderie between everyone involved, again adding to fun.
But it’s newcomer Rebecca Ferguson who really impresses. She plays a British spy whose intentions are never quite clear. She actually gives Cruise a run for his money when it comes to action scenes, as she has multiple sequences where she kicks a fair amount of butt. It’s a great part, and I hope we get to see her again should the series continue.
Great Summer Entertainment
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a great summer movie filled with amazing action, plenty of laughs and a leading man who wants nothing more than to entertain his audience.
See Rogue Nation, and see it on the big screen.