The movie is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher.
What's it about:
The never ageing IMF agent, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) finds clues about the existence of a secret terrorist organisation called Syndicate, that’s comprised of presumably dead secret agents. Before he could blow off its cover, he is gassed and kidnapped by the outfit’s leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). He manages to escape from the abductor’s clutches with the help of a hot undercover agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) who switches sides at the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, the CIA director (Alec Baldwin) manages to shut down the IMF division, after holding Ethan accountable for destruction caused during a mission. On the run, Ethan realises that he has to prove the existence of the Syndicate in order to prove his own innocence. He takes the help of his old friends, Benji (Simon Pegg), Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Stickell (Ving Rhames). With CIA and the villains in his pursuit, and loyalties of everyone being questioned, this really proves to be a mission impossible for him….or does it?
The biggest draws of the MI series are its terrific action sequences and its lead star, Tom Cruise; and the film scores high brownie points on both. The action set-pieces are truly brilliant with the plane sequence at the start of the film and the freeway bike chase being the stand out! Christopher McQuarrie takes off from where Ghost Protocol's Brad Bird left, making the plot focus on the adrenaline-filled stunts and the charisma of the hero. Tom Cruise barely looks his age (He is 50, goddamn it!), as he effortlessly performs the implausible stunts and even goes shirtless for the ladies in a couple of scenes. He is the reason we are able to look beyond plothole-ridden and cliched narrative. He is ably supported by Simon Pegg, who has the second best tole in the film and provides ample wit to the proceedings. Speaking of wit, the film pokes fun at its own legacy, as it lets us laugh over those silly infamous face switching technique MI series is known for, and Tom Cruise's 'miniature' height! Rebecca Ferguson is a cool addition to the cast - she is damn hot and is adept at the action scenes as well (though her lingerie shots are more jarring than sexy!). Alec Baldwin gets to shine in a couple of scene, though he also has the misfortune to quip the notorious line 'Ethan Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny' (Beware Alec, lots of memes are coming your way!)
Rogue Nation suffers from the same weaknesses that its predecessors also suffered from; a weak plot and villain. The story is not even worth remembering in face of the high-octane stunts, but then, we don't go for MI flicks for plots. Sean Harris' Solomon Lane is a typical MI villain (except for MI3's Phillip Seymour Hoffman - the late actor brought his natural charisma to that role and owned it) - he is generic, unmemorable and expendable! Also the film starts off with a bang (the airplane sequence), but ends with a whimper - the third act drags and the climax is lame. Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner have nothing much to do. Also, why wasn't there any reference about Ethan's wife? It was as if she never existed, though she was shown alive in the last film!
What to do:
Though not the best in the Mission: Impossible series (that credit goes to MI3, closely followed by Ghost Protocol!), Rogue Nation packs enough punch to be an entertaining ride. If you have the kicks for impossible stunts, thrilling chase sequences, and above all, Tom Cruise, this film should definitely be a part of your weekend!
3.5 out of 5
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