Review: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

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DIR/WRI: Christopher McQuarrie  • PRO: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise, David Ellison • DOP: Robert Elswit • ED: Eddie Hamilton • MUS: Joe Kraemer • DES: James D. Bissell • CAST: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley

 

Christopher McQuarrie directs the latest Mission:Impossible installment, Rogue Nation. Despite boasting a number of films that sees it saunter dangerously into Police Academy territory, the M:I franchise has done the decidedly improbable and kept the quality at a genuinely high standard. The trick is continued here with a typically convoluted but altogether engaging plot, competent direction and a few well honed performances. Tom Cruise is in it also.

The Impossible Mission Force (referred to in the movie as the IMF, Greece should know), is being shut down by the CIA for acting the rogue on one too many occasions, making Ethan Hunt (Cruise) an international fugitive and sending him on the run. Meanwhile, a nefarious organisation, The Syndicate, is revealed to be the catalyst for the IMF’s dissolution, laying the groundwork for the mutual pursuit between Hunt and Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), leader of the Syndicate and long term Hunt-agonist.

Despite the tired old cliche of this one being their ‘last mission’ (a sequel is well into production), McQuarrie manages to wrangle some genuine tension throughout in this installment. The prolonged set-pieces, or missions within the mission, are delivered with style and wit, though admittedly not as well as the last two movies. The first ‘nail-biter’ is set in the middle of the Vienna Opera – a slightly worn juxtaposition between peril and pantomime – but the skill to both introduce and involve key characters with such little dialogue without compromising the intensity cannot be overlooked. The second hour for the most part is breathtaking, an oxygen-sapping diving sequence is followed by an at times hilarious car chase – and that’s just the beginning.

Despite the slightly grating super-human competence embodied by Cruises character that verges on deux-et-machina levels on multiple occasions, if anything, the film is overly tight. The big bum-note is a curiously stodgy screenplay, penned by director McQuarrie, who is also credited with writing one of the finest thriller films ever made with The Usual Suspects. Like ever other movie in the M:I series, the story demands your unedified attention at every beat, and one can’t help but feel that some of the countless twists are frivolous considering the basic framework of the narrative.

The supporting performances are all good. Simon Pegg is given more responsibility than before in the franchise and carries it well. Jeremy Renner is as excellent as ever, and the obligatory femme fatale role is played with conflicted elegance by Rebecca Ferguson.

Though the convoluted plot is bundled into an over-wrought running length, the film stumbles but never falls. And despite Mr Cruise’s continued existence as a morally corrupt exploitative cult-monger, he gives his most famed role just the right amount of ham once again.

Paced well if prohibitively confusing for a general audience, Mission Impossible accomplishes its objectives for a fifth time. The achievement of this franchise’s longevity should not be underestimated, either. By keeping the films inextricably linked through its core cast (Cruise, Rhames), while preserving its currency with self-contained plots and a constantly changing vision through the varying styles of its directors, the M:I gravy train remains unfettered 20 years after first exploding inside a tunnel.

Shane Hennessy

 

12A (See IFCO for details)
135 minutes

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is released 31st July 2015

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Official Website

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Below, Luke Doyle, Jasmine Curry and Luke Carruthers review Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

 

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and a follow up to the 2011 blockbuster Mission: Impossible; Ghost Protocol.

In the film, we meet Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) just as the IMF is being disbanded. He sees that there is an anti-IMF super terrorist group known as the Syndicate. The problem is that he’s the only one that believes they exist. Into the picture comes Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) who seems to be on both sides. What follows is a high-octane spy caper that will keep you guessing until the end.

Rogue Nation has a lot of great stunts and sequences. One sequence that I particularly liked was set underwater, with some creative POV shots. Cruise is not a fan of green screen effects and likes to do his own stunts, which really pays off in the opening scene where he really hangs from a Russian spy plane by his fingertips.  Overall, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a very welcome addition to the long-running franchise. With great performances by Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, some brilliant chase sequences and a lot of stunts, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Luke Doyle

 

I was given the opportunity to visit a press screening of the latest Mission Impossible move I’m going to elaborate my perspective on this film. The film had a lot of plot twists and, like most action films, it was about blowing up things and killing people but it also had heart-touching moments as well as moments that had you on the edge of your seat.

The scene that most caught my eye was when the actress Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust was at an opera but was she sitting in the audience? No of course not, she was on stage hiding in a prop while the opera was taking place waiting with her gun to do a mission. I found that comical but it was nerve-wracking too because the music made it more intense and built it up

Tom Cruise put on a good show but Rebecca Ferguson was the star for me as she made her role seem believable and was always on her guard. Her character was very smart and had great nerve – it was inspirational to see such a strong female lead who shows no fear. I would definitely rate it a five out of five. It has many plot twists and inspirational moments. If you’re an action lover then this is for you. Also, it really challenges the brain and makes you think.

You better have a good friend with you as you watch this movie as it has some hand-gripping moments and some “OMG, did you see that ” moments. I strongly recommended it.

Jasmine Curry

 

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is your basic action movie concept except with a reputation to exceed, which I believe they did and quite terrifically too. Basically, the storyline is the ‘Anti-IMF’ are out to destroy the IMF. That’s as simple as I can put it. There were a few shots that I thought were incredible. Obviously, there’s one point at least which leaves you thinking “how the hell did none of those bullets hit him” or “have the enemies ever used a gun before.”

I liked the cinematography, mostly because in the fight scenes you could actually see what was going on rather than the usual fights in which you think they have the camera strapped to a five-year old and told him to go wild. Overall, I enjoyed the movie with its good sense of humour and intense moments. If you want to go see a fun, serious and exciting movie, I recommend it.

Luke Carruthers

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