Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Movie: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, & Tom Hollander

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Ethan Hunt (Cruise) takes on a mission to bring down The Syndicate, a group of ex-agents from all over the world.

The fifth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise picks up where we last left our group of IMF agents in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, with Ethan (Cruise), Brandt (Renner), Benji (Pegg), and Luther (Rhames) continuing to delve deeper into their plan to identify and take down the Syndicate.  The Syndicate is a criminal organization network made up of ex-agents from different countries from all across the world.

Tom Cruise, who seemingly refuses to age, is the center of the movie and the leader of the IMF gang that has to prove The Syndicate is an actual organization and not a figment of his imaginations as his superiors at the CIA (Baldwin) accuse it of being.  He teams up with Isla Faust, played impressively well by Rebecca Ferguson, in his quest to both unearth and take down the super criminal organization and get their respective agencies to finally recognize its existence.  

Cruise and Ferguson have chemistry on screen physically, both in a romantic way, and in a combat fight setting.  They work really well off of one another.  I don't think I had seen Ferguson before this movie and I hope I get to see her popping up in a lot of movies in the future.  She has a dynamic presence on the screen that really pulls you in an makes you instantly like her.  Turns out she's actually Swedish and not British but she could have fooled me with that accent.  She also has incredible eyes, for whatever that's worth...hell, I like it.


She's going to be a part of the next Mission Impossible movie (that's number 6 for those counting at home) and snagged the coveted role of Anna in the upcoming The Girl on a Train movie (also a great book).  

Sean Harris plays Lane, the head of The Syndicate, and the big bad for the movie.  I've been seeing Harris quite a bit over the last couple of years in some big movies and he always seems to add to the films he's in, so I'm all for his addition to any cast.  He has a very cool voice that is both calm and yet intimidating at the same time, if that makes sense.  It's a very even voice but the rasp in it makes it also aggressive without having to raise the volume at all.  It's a pretty neat trick that he's able to pull off and makes his character have a little more gravitas than he otherwise might have.

Christopher McQuarrie directed this Mission Impossible and continues his work with Tom Cruise.  Starting off as a writer (The Usual Suspects, Underworld, Way of the Gun, Valkyrie, The Tourist, Edge of Tomorrow), McQuarrie has now transitioned into directing (mostly Tom Cruise movies) with Jack Reacher and this Mission Impossible.  McQuarrie is also attached to direct the next Mission Impossible movie as well.  Him and Tom must be good buds now that they've been working together so much.  My initial thoughts on McQuarrie as a director is that he's very good at putting together action sequences and elaborate chase scenes.  

Once again, Tom decided to do the majority of his stunts in this movie, because he's a lunatic action junkie.  He preformed all his own driving stunts and actually did the scene where he's outside on the wing of a flying plane, at times getting as high as 5,000 feet in the air.  After his stunts on the side of the Burj Khalifa in the last Mission Impossible film, I guess it really shouldn't come as much of a surprise that he wanted to outdo himself in this film, but Tom, that's why they pay the stunt doubles dude.  Still, I guess kudos are in order.

Rating: 7/10.