Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation


Tense, thrilling and visually stunning, Tom Cruise is back on top form in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise and the team are back with the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Donna Kelly reviews for Frankly My Dear…

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation sees Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, as Hunt and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating ‘The Syndicate’ – an international rogue organisation committed to destroying the IMF.

The films opens with one of the best action sequences in the series with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) clinging to the door of a plane as it takes off on the runway. Cruise, who always performs his own stunts, did so without the use of special effects (which makes the scene all the more exciting) and apparently injured himself 6 times during the making of the movie. The scene is one of many sensational heart-in-the-mouth action and fight scenes that make the M: I series so special.

Fast-paced, thrilling and full of suspense, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation may not quite match up Brian De Palma’s original classic but it’s certainly one of the best films in the series. Rogue Nation combines action, intrigue, humour with suspense, tension and heart, to deliver the franchise’s most thrilling outing yet. Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie’s simple yet thrilling plot is first class and doesn’t fail to disappoint. The breathtaking cinematography and grandeur of the camera shots is also hard to ignore, with stunning panoramas acting as exquisite backdrops for the ever-imminent action scenes.

Tom Cruise is on top form as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The actor may have been playing the role for two decades and while he has visually aged, he certainly hasn’t lost any of his charm or charisma. In fact, the M:I movies are arguably Tom’s best work.

Sean Harris is fantastic as he despicably steel-fisted villain Solomon Lane, the head of the ‘The Syndicate’. Harris is superb in the role, playing the cruel, mysterious, calculating, manipulating and menacing villain with such precision that you can’t help but feel helpless.

Jeremy Renner returns as Hunt’s IMF boss William Brandt. Simon Pegg also reprise his role as IMF technician Benji Dunn, giving Cruise a run for his money by performing his own driving stunts. While Pegg continues to get the most laughs, it’s nice to see his character in some genuinely dramatic moments and tThe ‘bromance’ between Hunt and Benji is also stronger than ever before.

A special mention needs to go to Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, who makes one hell of an impression in her opening scene. Considering Ferguson was second choice for the role (Jessica Chastain initially declined) Ferguson proves she’s more than fit for the part, holding her own against Cruise’s Hunt. Intelligent, mysterious, beautiful and deadly, Ferguson she virtually steals the film. Let’s hope we see her in future installments.

Considering most series have reached their peak by the end of the third installment, the profitable Mission: Impossible franchise certainly shows no signs of slowing down. Development on the sixth Mission: Impossible film started in back in May with Cruise, Abrams, Ellison and Goldberg returning as producers and production is expected to start in 2016.

Tense, thrilling and visually stunning, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is one the strongest and most engaging films in the franchise. An exciting, thrilling and suspenseful spy action movie that’s certainly worth a watch. Role on M:I six…

4 out of 5 stars

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is released in UK cinemas from 30 July