Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin.
IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381249
At the end of MI4 there is mention of ‘The Syndicate’, an international criminal consortium. MI5 picks up right after its predecessor. Due to Impossible Mission Forces actions over the last few years/films, it is disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is on the hunt is on the run and trying to prove The Syndicate exists.
This is the fifth film in this franchise and if you’re coming in with no idea what to expect then you must have been living under a rock for the past 20 years at least. Mission: Iimpossible started as a TV show back in the sixties and in 1996 it came to the big screen starring Tom Cruise. Since then there has been a steady stream of sequels, each one trying to out do the others.
In the case of Rogue Nation I wouldn’t say it out does its previous films as it is very much the same. Action, drama, romance. Two things that did surprise me in a good way were…. (Itsy Bitsy spoilers beware!)
Theres no sex. Don’t get me wrong but there’s normally a glimmer of skin to skin, but not in this movie. I actually liked that! Sometimes it seems like its done for the sake of it and it can distract the flow of the movie.
Also, there is a scene in the movie where Hunt is required to hold his breath for a long time and although I have no fear of water, it was shot and acted in such a way that it made me feel a little claustrophobic in the same way it did for the character on-screen.
The action is great as always and knowing that Mr Cruise does a lot of his own stunts adds to the experience. Theres a car chase that I am pretty convinced you could see Cruise and Pegg smiling!
Pegg and the rest of the cast only add to the movie. Along with the usual MI club, Rebecca Ferguson plays a great leading lady who no doubt can hold her own and Sean Harris plays a pretty good bad guy.
As a score, I’d probably give this movie 4 out of 5. Mostly because other than the stunts it didn’t really bring anything new. If you like action films then this is definitely one for you. if you’re looking for romance your probably best giving it a miss.
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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as released in cinemas on 31st July 2015.