The fifth instalment in the franchise, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a formulaic but finely executed action thriller.
Ethan Hunt is convinced of the presence of a shadowy organisation known as The Syndicate. When the IMF are called into question, it is down to Ethan and his small team to trace and combat the rogue group…
The Mission: Impossible film franchise bucks the trend of movie series in that it seems to improve with every instalment. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation follows the same tread as its predecessors. The big set pieces are present, along with jet-setting adventure, espionage intrigue, and jokes to lighten the mood. Nevertheless director and writer Christopher McQuarrie pulls off the action thriller with some aplomb.
The narrative focuses on the official disbanding of the IMF, and Ethan’s drive to uncover The Syndicate. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is very much about espionage. The film harks back to Cold War sensibilities, with the mysterious double agent trope, and the shiftiness of spy agencies. This works well to provide a backdrop and reasoning for the action that unfolds in the film.
What makes Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation so successful is the way it has been executed. Pacing in the film is excellent, with little let up between action sequences. These action sequences are great, with cinematography, sound and effects all working together well. Panoramic shots make the most of exotic locales featured in the film.
Tom Cruise is as active as ever as Ethan Hunt, upping the stunt stakes even further in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Alex Baldwin is a good addition to the returning cast. Rebecca Ferguson is decent as the sole female character Ilsa, a suitably complex role. However, it is a shame that she is reduced to voyeuristic shots in skimpy attire. He skills and physical prowess suggest that she is little more than eye candy, which makes these shots feel all the more dated. Nevertheless, this is one negative of a great film overall.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a tremendously entertaining film which should thrill fans of the franchise.