Monday, August 3, 2015

My Movie Review of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' !

About once or twice a month, I write about films on an online news site. This is an excerpt from a review I wrote on

Review: 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' offers plenty of twists

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) PG-13 Dir: Christopher McQuarrie

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (John Reacher,  The Usual Suspects)
Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Paramount Pictu

This film is currently playing in theaters.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation", Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF team must face off against a secret international rogue organization called the Syndicate, who are as highly skilled as they are, but committed to destroying the IMF. However, the CIA, led by Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), are also looking to officially decommission the IMF, believing that the Syndicate never really existed but a ruse made up by IMF to keep their organization alive. Ethan Hunt, despite orders, continues in trying to uncover the Syndicate, turning him into a fugitive. His trail leads him to Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may be a double agent, and a mysterious man who has appeared in every major terrorist act.

Tom Cruise is back as superspy Ethan Hunt. "Mission: Impossible" films have always kept a certain formula, which makes it rather predictable. Even the title sequence, with quick cuts of scenes we'll encounter, is something you would see on a TV series. With that said, this film still continues to improve on the formula, this time with a little more plot to chew on, and an introduction of a solid female character. The action scenes are aplenty and there are enough of the usual thrills to make this a worthy sequel. It has all the bells and whistles--car chases, traveling distant lands, unlocking secure areas, and lots of urban destruction. True, all of this is sort of the "in" thing these days, the irony being that many of these films that involve covert, secret operations, often take place in crowded areas. If we look at the latest Bond or the "Fast and the Furious" films, one wonders how any of these characters get around without getting noticed.

Stunts are pretty cool, though. The film starts off with an intense scene where Ethan Hunt is hanging by the side of a cargo plane taking flight. I've read that that was Tom Cruise actually hanging outside of the plane. No green screen. Quite impressive. There is an underwater scene later on, though, that looks more CG, but that's probably unavoidable given the complexity. With that said, a lot of the action scenes don't explore into new territory. Thankfully, the film does not rely just on action. Things pick up plotwise at around the halfway mark.

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