********* 7 out of 10 *********
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Actors: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
19 years and 5 movies, that’s a long and hard-earned period of success, quite contrary to today’s era wherein a quick sequel is what the studios demand. Mission: Impossible series, from its first movie onwards, has always promised us a lot of action, fun, adventure, and some daredevil stunts that will take your breath away. For the last two movies, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the scale of the adventure and the stunts have gone to another level altogether keeping up with the current times, matching the more outrageously lavish spy movies that are hitting the big screens so frequently. Despite the shift to a higher gear for the series, its core essence remains the same – give Ethan Hunt a mission which seems impossible and watch him and his team complete it with honours. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation too does not dare deviate from that nucleus of the series, and with its fancy landscapes, incredible stunts, and high octane action, along with our endearing Tom Cruise, the movie makes a strong case to be termed as one of the best in the series yet!
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation brings a new challenge for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his fellow IMF members in the form of an inconspicuous agency, otherwise known as The Syndicate. While Ethan Hunt believes in its existence and wants to track down its members, the CIA has been authorized to shut down the IMF and bring in its agents. Eh well, you are not going to get your hands on Ethan Hunt that easily! Hunt goes into hiding to begin his own mission of hunting the leader of The Syndicate. Help is to come in form of his fellow IMF agents, Benji (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther (Ving Rhames). But help has also materialised in the form of a highly skillful lady (Rebecca Ferguson) whose past remains a mystery and whose desires are unclear. Ethan Hunt is on one of his most dangerous missions this time, fighting a body as skilled as the IMF, abandoned by his own Government, and running out of time. Mission impossible, eh!?
The story for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has been written by director Christopher McQuarrie along with Drew Pearce and the screenplay has been put together by McQuarrie. There are many sub-plots in the film which makes it more than just an ‘all-out action spy film’. There is the bigger theme revolving around the mysterious Syndicate; there is the dispute with the CIA which makes Ethan Hunt himself a rogue agent; there is the layered story behind Rebecca Ferguson’s character. The story does have many over-the-top elements which go with such kind of movies, stunts that may seem difficult to fathom or scientific gadgetry that no one has laid eyes on yet. But then we aren’t here to watch a documentary, are we? Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation carries with it a license to be silly at times, as long as it is entertaining, and entertaining it is!
Director Christopher McQuarrie takes a leaf out of Brad Bird’s book, who directed the previous Mission: Impossible movie. Just like it was in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, McQuarrie keeps the intensity and adrenaline levels high right from the beginning in this film, takes the chase across many different global locations, and matches the famous Burj Khalifa scene with one of his own, which takes place inside an underwater data storage facility. The famous Mission: Impossible theme music adds to the building tension whenever things get heated up on the screen, and composer Joe Kraemer brings in a bit of his own magic as well. And once again I say, the stunts are fantastic throughout the course of the movie making it a thrilling ride that we share with Ethan Hunt.
Ahh, Ethan Hunt. The man who has been saving this world some way or the other since 1996. Tom Cruise. The man who makes Ethan Hunt believable, who makes him sincere, who makes him worth rooting for. Just like any other Mission: Impossible film, this one too owes a lot to the charisma and persona of Tom Cruise who still keeps going strong at the age of 53. He is wonderful in the action sequences, and more than that, he brings about an emotional touch to the whole story, which makes us, the audience, feel that what he is doing is worth doing. Right along side him for most of the movie is the newcomer to the series, Rebecca Ferguson, who would be a new face to many movie-watchers as she has a limited body of work as of now. But you would be keeping an eye out for her after Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Ferguson stands out in the movie, bringing her own strong personality, and mixing it with a huge array of attacking skills. She is deadly and dangerous, and keeps Hunt on his toes the whole time. Ferguson steals the show whenever she is on screen, and that’s saying something given the quality of acting on display here.
Ethan Hunt’s old IMF team is competent as ever, and more entertaining than ever. Simon Pegg brings in the humour brilliantly once more, Jeremy Renner brings his style and charm as he walks around in his suits though a bit more action could have been handed to him, Ving Rhames drives home his attitude. The camaraderie works splendidly between the four, building up on what we saw in the previous movie. Alec Baldwin as the CIA director has a strong personality though there isn’t much asked from him apart from show his disgust for the IMF. Sean Harris plays the main antagonist, and does give the character a certain creepiness, though that too seems to have become somewhat of a common trait in the villains nowadays – a soft natured personality that has a demon wrapped underneath.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is the kind of movie we usually go to the theatres for. Fun, action, enjoyment, thrill, with a cool and interesting storyline to merge everything together. It’s easier said than done though, with many movies starting in the right direction before fading away. But Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise and the team have stuck to the task of keeping the brand of Mission: Impossible as exciting as ever. There might be another four or five year wait for the next one, but it would definitely be worth it!