Say what you want about the guy’s religion or politics, but there is no denying that when it comes to physical abilities, Tom Cruise is a friggen badass. Cruise showcases those abilities in his latest film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. In this 5th installment of the Mission: Impossible movie series, the 53-year-old actor performs many of his own stunts, which is no small feat in this action-packed thriller that involves car and motorcycle chases through the streets and countryside of Casablanca, foot chases through the streets of London, and edge-of-your-seat gun and knife fights.
Tom Cruise (“Top Gun”, “A Few Good Men”) plays agent Ethan Hunt of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF)–an independent spy agency that specializes in deception and security infiltration. In Rouge Nation, the IMF, headed by William Brandt (Jeremy Renner – “Hurt Locker”, “American Hustle”), is defunded and its members, including Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg – “Shaun of the Dead”, “Ice Age” ) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames – “Pulp Fiction”, “Con Air”) are absorbed into the CIA, headed by Alan Hundly (Alec Baldwin – “The Departed”, “Hunt for Red October”). That is–all its agents except Ethan Hunt. With the IMF now out of the way, a group known as “The Syndicate” emerges, led by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris – “Prometheus”, “’71”) and aided by ex-MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson – “Hercules”), and sets its sights on Hunt. Hunt and his former-IMF friends must now track “The Syndicate”, a group not formally recognized to even exist, while also dodging the CIA, which is now trying to kill him.
Faust’s motivations and loyalties are questionable throughout the film, leaving the viewer–and Ethan Hunt–wondering just whose side she’s on. Those questions are compounded when British Intelligence enters the picture after the discovery of a cherished USB drive containing valuable information is revealed. A drive that only the British Prime Minister can access and that Lane and “The Syndicate” desperately want.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is jam-packed with enough twists and turns to keep viewer interest, but without so many that they become cliche and boring. The interaction between Hunt and Faust is not muddied up as a love interest, but as one of adversarial (or is it partnership?) respect. This is a definite popcorn movie, and you might even want to have a beer or two handy, because it’s a fun ride. And as you watch scenes involving wing walking and underwater action, it’s important to remember that’s a 53-year-old mega-star putting his life on the line to make a roll believable. That–my friends–is a friggen badass.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hit the big screen in August, so chances are you won’t find many theaters still showing it. However, it’s Blue Ray/DVD release date is set for Dec. 15, so you won’t have long to wait to get your hands on this action-adventure-thriller. Don’t expect a cinematic masterpiece, but buckle up for a fun ride. And get ready for more, because a 6th installment is already in the works.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it–see this movie.
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