Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Review)

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Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Alec Baldwin
Based on the TV series “Mission: Impossible” by: Bruce Geller
Written for the screen and directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
IMDb Score: 7.5
Metacritic Score: 75
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity

Other than the Harry Potter series of movies, there really isn’t a film series that is as consistently entertaining as the Mission: Impossible series. Aside from M:I2, all of the films are quality films that are exciting to watch and very entertaining, even on multiple viewings.

Though, it’s not hard to imagine that this series could be losing steam, especially with its titular star in his 50’s when action stars are skewing much younger. Yet, here we are again with the fifth Mission: Impossible film in over 20 years. Is Rogue Nation as entertaining as the others?

Ethan Hunt (Cruise) tries to take down The Syndicate, a secret organization looking to destroy the IMF.

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Rogue Nation is a perfectly paced action film that uses a fantastic formula, a setup and go style of narrative, to keep the action moving without tedium. This keeps the movie from being just an action film with set-pieces: it’s a film with great action and development of the action to keep you entertained for its run-time.

First thing to get out the way: Tom Cruise still works in this role. Even in his advanced age he still fits the part very well, built like a damn brick house.

The narrative is rather simple: the film sets up in an entertaining dialogue involving what the next set piece will be and then they immediately execute with that set piece. No drawn out talk about family, no rushed in romance angle, no need to enforce a timely message: just get to the entertainment and let it go.

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Some movies do this but in a bad way: usually because you learn zero about the characters or that they are just stereotypes that are poorly written. In Rogue Nation, that doesn’t happen, since they use the set-ups and set-pieces to bring the characters to life in different ways. Hunt doesn’t need it, mainly because he’s been developed as much as needed in 4 different films, but the newer characters are given just enough to give them a personality and a drive.

Except for the bad guy. The villain Lane, played by Sean Harris, isn’t given much in the way of character development, other than he’s the big bad. It’s disappointing, considering M:I3’s villain was outstanding and very well acted.

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If you are a fan of the M:I series, I’d say this is the second best in the series only being bested by the first Mission: Impossible. It’s an exciting movie that is fun to watch and keeps you entertained without really a break in sight.

However, if you have burned out of M:I or never were a fan, this movie isn’t going to change your mind.

Still, this a movie that is entertaining and fun: highly recommended.

4/5 – Great action movie that is perfectly paced and entertaining. 

The Wiz Says #51

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