Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is the first movie in a long time to literally have me on the edge of my seat with my hand over my mouth to hide any audible gasps that might slip out. It got pretty tense at times (In a good way). I am in no way an expert on what makes a good spy movie…Confession time…I have never seen a James Bond film (so glad to have that off my chest) but from a lay(wo)man’s perspective, Rogue Nation was a pretty solid one!
Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his 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.
When Alec Baldwin and Sean Pegg were cast I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Neither actor can be taken particularly seriously with their recent history in comedies – but luckily Rogue Nation didn’t try to take itself too seriously and they were a perfect fit. Sean Harris as Solomon Lane, the head of the villainous ‘Syndicate’, was pretty darn excellent. His hawk-like face and creepy weird voice made him both a little bit funny and extremely unnerving. Jeremy Renner feels like he has his fingers in all the movie pies at the moment, but probably for good reason. His performance as William Brant was not particularly impressive in any way, but he was a good fit for the weird humour/serious action mix Rogue Nation seemed to be going for.
Tom Cruise is great. Especially now that he’s a bit older and looks like he’d be an awesome Uncle. His dedication to doing stunts himself has surely got to get anyone’s respect and in Rogue Nation he really does go above and beyond. The movie kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) clinging to the side of a plane as it takes off. Cruise actually did this. He clung to a plane as it took off for the movie. Like actually. For real. He also spent several months training to be able to hold his breath under water for a particular scene. He holds his breath for 6 minutes and that scene is the most stressful part of the whole film (and probably his life).
Rebecca Ferguson was excellent as ambiguous spy Ilsa. Not only is she absolutely gorgeous (duh), but her performance was probably the stand out for me. Ferguson had the most complex character by far and she definitely kept you guessing as to where her loyalties might truly lie and even though not a comedic character herself, she meshed well with every bizarre scenario she was chucked into. Definitely not there solely for her pretty face, she almost matches Cruise on the crazy stunt front, and may even save the day on the odd occasion!
Although nothing new, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has all the right stuff to make for an excellent spy flick and a great night at the movies. With stunning settings, a solid cast all-round and breath-taking action it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Rating: M Violence.