Tom Cruise returns as super spy Ethan Hunt for a fifth time in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. This series of films has always been solid for me, I’ve enjoyed each of the installments up to now even MI2 which no-one else seems to like. The Mission Impossible movies are always solid spy flicks, I wouldn’t say any of them are spectacular but I always have a great time watching them, could Rogue Nation continue this pattern?
Yeah it did, the movie kicks off with a nice action scene which featured heavily in the trailers and posters featuring Ethan hanging off the side of a plane. This scene set the tone well to this action heavy movie. The action sequences were very good and by far the best thing about the movie. Whether it was a high speed motorbike chase or an underwater heist sequence to rival that of the first film the action was always top notch and it kept a nice pace to the film. Unfortunately this pace slowed down just when it should have been at its fastest. I have to admit that the finale to Rogue Nation fell a little flat compared to what had come before it. Instead of one big finale set piece the film ends with a few smaller action moments put together meaning that the ending does become disjointed and doesn’t flow as well as the rest of the film. However the very final scene of the movie does raise the standard once more as it ends nicely setting up any future missions!
The cast worked well together with the regular cast members like Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and now Jeremy Renner all continuing to showcase the great chemistry that they have displayed so well in the past. The newcomers do a good job too but especially Alec Baldwin who plays CIA employee Alan Hunley, I only wish his character had a little more screen time. Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris both contribute good performances however I was never really sold on either of their characters. There are nice references littered throughout the film to past missions and films from the franchise meaning any more serious fans of the genre can really enjoy this aspect of the film. Of course the best thing about this entire franchise, other than Tom Cruise’s running, is that iconic theme music. Once again this music is utilised in different moments of the film and it still has the same effect after all these years making the already brilliant action moments that bit more cool and badass.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is another solid entry into the Mission Impossible canon. The film sets up for more movies to be made and I really hope we see some more. I don’t think this franchise has reached its full potential yet, if the action from this film could be placed alongside a really strong villain and more dramatic story then we will get the ultimate Mission Impossible movie, but for the mean time I’m very happy to settle for Rogue Nation.
Rating – 8/10