Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – Review by Frances Winston
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin
In cinemas July 30th
Back for a fifth instalment the juggernaut that is the Mission Impossible series shows no signs of slowing down. While many franchises have run out of steam or lost leading players by outing number five this somehow manages to retain the excitement that the first couple had. This of course is helped in no small part by leading man Mr Tom Cruise who far belies his 53 years in this full throttle action flick.
As usual the plot isn’t exactly deep. Short version: IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) finds himself at the mercy of a band of rogue agents called “The Syndicate”. Upon escaping he vows to track down their leader but with the IMF having been disbanded he himself is a fugitive and he must rely on his former team to take their chances with him as he zig zags the world looking for his nemesis who is knocking off world leaders and killing innocent people.
However these films have never been about the complex stories. They are all about the action and from the very opening scene which sees Cruise hanging off the exterior of a plane this is all go. The set pieces are spectacular, the fight scenes are well thought out and there is a motorcycle chase scene that will have you gripped. Unlike many action films who rely on CGI the stunts here are all real and it shows. You really do notice the difference and it makes them even more thrilling.
There is also a bit of girl power in the form of Ilsa Faust (Ferguson) an enigma who isn’t quite what she seems. Far from being a token simpering female she really gets to hold her own with the guys and it’s great to see. All of the cast have a really good chemistry and while these may not be the most dramatically challenging of roles they all do a great job and have a tongue in cheek quality to their performances which is refreshing. Harris especially brings a panto-esque quality to bad guy Solomon Lane.
Yes it all gets a bit silly near the end as the bonkers plot reaches its conclusion but it remains great fun and given what has gone before as a viewer you are perfectly willing to accept it. These films don’t claim to be high art. They are pure escapism and adventure and this does what it says on the tin.
Tons of fun and hugely thrilling this is the kind of action flick that makes your palms sweat as you engage with the daredevil stunts. A real popcorn movie this needs to be seen on the big screen to truly appreciate the scale of some of the sequences. Bold and brash this is not pretending to be anything it’s not and is highly entertaining.