Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
  • Director: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin

Storyline:

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

8 reviews

  • You’ve got to hand it to Tom Cruise. The man aims to entertain. He wants to make sure you get your money’s worth, and he will put his life on the line to guarantee your satisfaction. Extreme and thorough satisfaction is what you get from the first to the last second of the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, which opens with one of the most thrilling sequences recorded on film.

    It frankly does not matter why Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt ends up hanging on for dear life as a military cargo plane ascends to the skies. The only thing that counts is the sight of Cruise himself, dangling from that aircraft, with no green screen or stunt performer to rely upon. It is that under-reliance on digital trickery (a trait this film shares with the similarly intense and non-stop Mad Max: Fury Road), coupled with a lean and sharp script, that establishes Rogue Nation as the best entry into this evidently durable film series.

    The story couldn’t be simpler: Ethan and his IMF team – analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), tech whiz Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and most trusted ally Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) – must take down the Syndicate, a shadow organisation behind ever-escalating acts of violence and civil unrest. Their mission is complicated by two things. One, the IMF has been dismantled by CIA boss Alan Huntley (Alec Baldwin), who successfully convinces a government committee that the IMF is a throwback to an era where there was no oversight. If the IMF’s unorthodox methods have produced successful results, Huntley argues, it was only out of sheer chance and luck. Huntley’s move renders Ethan a rogue agent in absentia as Ethan is currently in London, tied up and about to be tortured by the Syndicate’s Bone Doctor (Jens Hultén).

    It is during this time in captivity that Ethan meets the mission’s other, more formidable complication: the aptly named Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), whose allegiance appears to switch at every turn. She claims to be a British intelligence agent sent to infiltrate the Syndicate, yet her actions suggest otherwise. Nevertheless, Ethan must rely upon her to get closer to the Syndicate’s leader, one Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). As one character notes, “There are no allies, only common interests.”

    Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who scripted The Usual Suspects and Cruise’s underrated Edge of Tomorrow, may not necessarily possess the same level of visual flair as his predecessors Brian De Palma and John Woo, but he is certainly no slouch at staging spectacular action set-pieces. The stunts rank amongst the best of the series. Whether it be Ethan’s literally breathtaking underwater attempt to secure an all-important computer chip or a high-speed chase through the narrow Moroccan streets, every sequence is meticulously choreographed and thrillingly executed. Unlike the previous Mission: Impossible films, wherein often dense and nonsensical plotting served as pit stops between stunts, the action in Rogue Nation is organic and serves to move the story forward. There’s a tremendously smooth flow from one cut to another, courtesy of editor Eddie Hamilton’s light touch, which also contributes to the well-sustained briskness of pacing.

    What is even more remarkable is how McQuarrie has tinkered with Ethan Hunt, a man for whom impossible is nothing. That indestructibility, as one running gag touts, is too often taken for granted. Here, it is Ethan who is in constant need of saving, usually at the hands of Ilsa. One moment even finds Ethan, still reeling from being resuscitated (don’t ask), fumble an easy slide across the hood of a car. Ethan is made vulnerable here in a way the series has never allowed him to be before and, by casting him and his team out to the wind, McQuarrie establishes stakes worth the viewers’ investment.

    At 53, Cruise shows no signs of slowing down, remaining as impressive a physical performer as ever. Like the franchise, Cruise seems renewed and reinvigorated. He has always been a generous actor and he cedes much of the spotlight to Pegg and Ferguson. Pegg really comes into his own here, no longer functioning as mere comic relief but as an indispensable member of the team. Ferguson, best known for her superb turn as Queen Elizabeth in the television miniseries The White Queen, is strong, smart, and seductive as Mission: Impossible’s most fully realised female creation. The charismatic Renner is mostly sidelined, but he has the most challenging job of all – acting against Baldwin, who entertainingly and unabashedly devours the scenery.

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  • People complain about Tom Cruise, saying he is short, scientology obsessed and extremely self-absorbed. His believe system which made him unpopular with mainstream public for a long period of time seems working for him. I personally have different opinion on why he is associated with Scientology Cult and knowing that in the past he wanted to be a Christian Catholic priest his role in church of L. Ron Hubbard might be more of a infiltration agent than anything else. But then again only Tom knows that and his handlers. He is arguably the biggest movie star in the world and with being the best comes the unpleasant part, you need to allow others to project their anxieties on you. This is what entertainers are for. They are here so that we as the audience can love them or hate them depending on the role they play. Everything is cyclical and Hollywood loves to love their stars until they hate them, then they feel guilty that they hate them and they start to love them again. Tom does extraordinary things. In CGI world of filmmaking, he does almost all his stunts insisting in pushing the boundaries more and more every movie he makes. He is also power player being producer on most of his movies which allows him to have a say which actor or director will be hired for his movies. The Mission Impossible franchise has had it’s ups and downs. Each part has been directed by different director therefor often stylistically there are clear differences in direction each movie took. From Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird to now Christopher McQuarrie creator of highly successful “Jack Reacher” movie which sure will turn to another franchise for Tom. Believe it or not but it is his only 3rd feature film he ever directed previously mostly resuming a role of a writer on movies like “Edge of Tomorrow”, “Jack Reacher” and “Valkyrie”. As a writer he possesses very good understanding of human inner make up and what motivates characters to make their relationship work on the silver screen. By doing so he creates very believable relationships that push the plot forward. I do not want to jump the gun here but there I will say it, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” might be the best of all the movies from this franchise and that tells a lot about it.
    Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
    The action is overwhelming with a chase scene in Morocco being one of the best in cinema history and I include “Ronin”, “The French Connection” as well as “Bourne Identity”. Every movie needs a good antagonist and after “Deliver Us from Evil” Sean Harris was a choice that seems perfect for highly mysterious villain Solomon Lane. As a leader of mysterious group Syndicate he creates order out of chaos. It is funny that both movies MI and the new James Bond movie “Spectre” are both telling a story of mysterious organization that from behind the curtain rules the world by creating conflicts, terroristic attacks that in the end are taking power over the elite politicians and power players to create the New World Order of the world. This mystical organization in real life is called the ILLUMINATI and started back in 1st of May 1776 in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt and his associates. Of course the mainstream history and media will tell us that this organization has been dissolved and yet they are responsible for French Revolution as well as spread of Communism as a counter ideology towards a fight with Capitalism. Bottom line this film as well as the new James Bond are bringing some new information about this mysterious organization disguised some real facts with fictional disinformation techniques Hollywood is so good at spreading.
    To come back to the review “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is truly spectacular piece of entertainment. As I mentioned already the action is breathtaking together with stunning stunt by Tom in the opening of the movie. The performances are great from everyone involved and seems deeper than the previous installments. Bottom line is whatever are your personal feelings about Tom Cruise as a person this should not detract from the fact that he is very charismatic lead and when it comes to “Mission: Impossible” movies this franchise is in safe hands. I highly recommend this film to the lovers of fast paced smart action films.
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  • (Rating: ☆☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is recommended.

    In brief: This mission is improbable, but it’s impossible not to be entertained due to the thrilling action and stunts.

    GRADE: B

    The mission may be impossible, and highly improbable, but it is unmistakably great fun. So start the action. Stage those death-defying stunts. Cue that recognizable theme music. Show those flashy opening credits. Mission Impossible has once again arrived. In its fifth incarnation, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, the IMF are now forced to disband and their primary spy, Ethan Hunt is a hunted man, a rogue agent out to save the world and accept that one last mission (should he decide to accept): to expose a group of political terrorists called The Syndicate.

    Following its successful formula of high octane action and intricate plotting (which makes little logical sense once one thinks about the logistics of the plan), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth installment of this film series, takes the moviegoing audience to exotic locales (Belarus, Vienna, Morocco, London) with nifty technology and enough excitingly-staged chase scenes for three more movies, let alone one. Yes, none of it makes much sense, especially Agent Hunt’s endless financial resources and expensive gadgetry he has accumulated, but the far-fetched story remains very enjoyable nevertheless.

    Ethan is played by the never-aging Tom Cruise and he plays this action hero figure to perfection. Sure, no one could survive these stunts in real life (hanging outside a moving plane in midair,  being underwater for an insufferable amount of time, surviving one motorcycle or car crash without any broken bones, etc.)  But this adventure isn’t remotely real, It’s more James Bond fantasy than actual espionage caper, although it desperately wants us to believe it is the latter. Cruise inhabits this physically exhausting role with great bravado. Keeping up with his pace (and almost stealing the film away from this movie star) is Rebecca Ferguson, a talented actress new to me. Ms Ferguson plays Ilsa Faust, a devilish double agent who can whoop HUnt blow-for-blow. She brings as much believability as humanly possible in an unbelievable role.  Simon Pegg supplies the humor adroitly. and makes a great sidekick to the gravely serious Hunt. James Renner, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin are there to provide minor support. The only real flaw is the film’s chief villain, Solomon Lane, played by Sean Harris. The actor plays him as a second-rung evildoer, common without any real menace or malicious glee.

    Christopher McQuarrie wrote a serviceable screenplay with enough twists to engage us. Yet it is his direction that impresses with much ballyhoo and expertly choreographed non-stop action. The film’s highpoint, an assassination set piece at the Vienna Opera that juggles multiple deadly threats and exhilarating fight sequences backstage during a performance of Turandot, owes its inspiration to Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, an homage from a talented modern day director that would have pleased the master director of suspense with his nimble touch.

    Yes, the glorious stunts are as complex as they are absurd, wanting to top each preceding daredevil feat just to give us our money’s worth of thrills. And while the mission itself becomes more outrageous and implausible, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation accomplishes its real mission: to entertain and thrill us.

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  • “Desperate times, desperate measures.”

    The movie opens with an audacious airplane sequence that sees Tom Cruise hanging on for dear life outside a plane that is taking off. That’s him alright. No visual effects or a stand-in stuntman. His enthusiasm for doing stuntwork himself even at an age of 53 is very rare in Hollywood. And it is with this knowledge that we as audiences find a different kind of thrill in this latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ flick.

    It is a thrill marked by fear (for Cruise’s safety and well-being) which translates into awe and suspense. This has been a hallmark of the franchise, with Cruise’s continuous involvement as the main star more valuable than you think.

    In contrast, CGI-laden blockbusters owe their excitement (or lack thereof) to what is conjured up on the green screen – that is the thrill of imagined spectacle, not of visceral fear. All these point to another M:I movie that is uncommonly tense, and a throwback to the old-school way of making big movies.

    Christopher McQuarrie, writer and director, clearly knows what the old-school way is. After all, he was responsible for the underrated 1970s-inspired action picture Jack Reacher (2012), starring Cruise in a vintage V8-powered Chevrolet Chevelle.

    In Rogue Nation, he gives Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt a mission seemingly impossible to pull off without dire implications. Plot-wise, it may be more of the same for someone like Ethan, but the stakes are raised terribly high, and you might think his luck would finally run out. But he is a man of incredible faith and loyalty to his cause and friends.

    Cruise’s physical performance is exciting to see, as McQuarrie throw almost every action movie staple at him, but not without elaborately devising some truly breathtaking sequences of suspense, the latter best exemplified by an underwater task that is the equal of the unforgettable Dubai skyscraper segment in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).

    Another sequence of note involves a live opera, as Ethan tries to stop snipers from assassinating a state leader during the performance, giving me fond memories of the finale in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). In sum, Rogue Nation is a reminder that this franchise still has wits and legs.

    Verdict: Tom Cruise’s exciting fifth outing as Ethan Hunt is a reminder that this franchise still has wits and legs.

    GRADE: B (7.5/10 or 3.5 stars)
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  • So why is the new Mission Impossible subtitled Rogue Nation? The evil Syndicate is not a nation but a covert operation of disenchanted international recruits. The white hat IMF is not a nation but a secret American undercover unit independent of the CIA and every other acronym this side of the SPCA.
    Then who’s the “rogue nation”?
    Here’s a hint: the film’s coproducers include an Arabic and a Chinese company.
    The rogue nation is America. It continues its longstanding mythology of valuing the outlaw.
    American westerns and gangster films typically pretend to honour community values, the restraints that civilization places on its member citizens. But that’s only lip service. America’s heart is in the outlands, where individuals place themselves above the law in order to get things done that the law won’t allow. So even if the IMF is a rogue unit its fictional existence attests to America’s willingness to break the law for the communal good.
    That also defines America’s less violent popular genres. In comedies and musicals the explicit value is the team, the community, but the ultimate respect is for the individual that transcends it. The comedians are valued for breaking conventions — hello brothers Marx — and the musical ultimately vaporizes not the chorus line but the star who rises out of it.
    America pretends to rule by law but its secret passion is for the rogue, the rugged individualist who breaks the law — to do good. Civilization can’t survive without the outlaw’s service, as we see in The Man Shot Liberty Valance. That’s who America has its cake of civilization but iced with the outlaw thrill.
    That’s Shane, the gunslinger who rides into town, saves the town from the evil corporate ranchers, then conveniently rides into the mountains to die — in the very last frame, almost subliminally — so that the town, the good rancher’s vulnerable wife and role-model needing Joey, don’t have to live with him. Clint Eastwood remade Shane with a grittier realism in Pale Rider — same mystique. The two films stand together like Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.
    In that spirit James Bond is famously licensed to kill. Tom Cruise’s Ethan is licensed to kill, disappear, command limitless technology and resources, and do whatever he wants. He’s strictly a filmic creation, so he lives through a concert hall scene out of Hitchcock and in Casablanca, etc., engages with a mysterious heroine named Ilsa (out of Casablanca). He’s a film hero about film, about his nation’s mythology, not about any literal reality.
    Ethan’s engagement with the villain Lane begins and ends with smoke-filled glass boxes. Ethan is trapped in the first, Lane in the second. The neat symmetry gives a sense of structure to the overall chaos. So do the three most dramatic set pieces, where Ethan clings to a flying plane, survives several breakneck land chases and comes back from an underwater death. To round out the elements, a motorcycle chase ends up with several motorcycles afire. This is epic stuff.
    In that sense the film is a celebration of American popular culture. That’s why the narrative absorbs classical European culture, setting an extended scene around a Vienna opera production of Turandot. The theme recurs in the later soundtrack. Pop culture, you see, is itself a rogue, daring to stand up against and include — to transcend — the best of its European forbears.

  • Quickie Review:

    A rogue international organisation known as the Syndicate aim to dismantle the IMF and control the world in secrecy. Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his team must take on the seemingly impossible task to uncover the secret organisation and stop them before their influence grows. MI Rogue Nation, has all the right ingredients for a fun summer blockbuster: thrilling action, memorable villain, humour, intrigue of uncertain allegiances, and Tom Cruise unnecessarily risking his life doing stunts for the awe of the audience. Together these ingredients work so well for majority of the movie, but at one point too much of one of these aspects starts to leave a hint of a bad aftertaste. Nevertheless, as a whole the movie is a satisfying ride to be enjoyed with some buttery popcorn goodness.

    Full Review:

    I loved the last Mission: Impossible so no-brainer I was really looking forward for Rogue Nation. After the Burj Khalifa scene, it was hard to imagine how they’d recapture that thrill ride. Somehow they have managed to pull it off again.

    Say what you will about Tom Cruise in his personal life, but he is a born action-star, and for an action movie that’s all that matters. The way he puts himself through these incredible stunts, is what brings so much excitement to the movie. These scenes could’ve had a faceless stuntman and it would have been acceptable, but the fact that we see Cruise and know that he is really hanging on to that plane, really driving the bike in a high speed chase, brings a sense of realism that can’t be duplicated in any other way. That is by far the most impressive part of the movie. The rest of the cast were also integral to the story, nobody felt wasted. The stand-outs however, has to be the newcomers Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. Ferguson plays a British agent, a skilled assassin whose allegiance is not exactly clear. She is not a damsel in distress and could kick everyone’s ass just as effectively as Ethan Hunt. Sean Harris is the face behind the Syndicate, a great villain that really challenges Ethan with ease. Villains haven’t always been a strong point for MI movies but Harris brought this modern twist to an almost old-school Bond like villain.

    As I said I had fun with this movie but I can’t ignore the major problem. Switching allegiances and hidden agendas of characters are pretty par for the course in MI movies. So including these scenes is not my complaint, but it’s the overuse that’s the issue. The first few times it adds uncertainty into the mix, making the film more intriguing. But at one point every character start to switch allegiances or reveal their own secret goals so regularly that it starts to feel very contrived. All these twists just boil down to conveniences that move the plot along. I would’ve preferred that these twists were natural outcome of the plot rather than a quick fix for plot holes.

    In the end, if you are looking for a summer action blockbuster, MI Rogue Nation is definitely a good choice. Some of most gripping set-pieces of the summer are in this movie, especially the car/bike chase in Morocco. In my opinion Ghost Protocol was a better film overall but Rogue Nation is still a worthy addition to the franchise.

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  • Ketan Gupta

    Movie Name : Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
    Genre : Action
    Rating : Excellent 4/5

    Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation was a high octane action thriller that will keep you on the edge of seat. This is best among all the series and believe me you will enjoy every bit of it with an urge to watch it once again.

    The fifth part of the Mission Impossible series takes a different route this time when IMF is being challenged by its arch rival Syndicate on the verge of eradicating Ethan Hunt and his team.

    Stepping into the director’s seat, Christopher McQuarrie makes sure you are thrilled and energized from the very opening scene – The plane scene where Tom Cruise hungs on to the door of plane at 5000 feet above the ground level.The jaw-dropping scene is one of the best opening scene in the MI series and Cruise should be lauded for his death-defying stunt. The mission takes a complete turn when IMF agent is threatened by Syndicate and next begins the cat-mouse game with edge of seat action stunts never scene before. The film is just awesome. The story is very well told along with superb direction by Christopher McQuarrie ( Jack Reacher). The screenplay was handled efficiently along with a strong script. The action sequences are mind blowing and breath taking especially the bike chase scene. Cinematography is eye- catching capturing the locales of Viena and Morocco. Art direction is mesmerizing. Tom Cruise is just awesome , to be precise. The actor not only performs his own stunts , he is so enduring in his role that you would hardly think of any other actor doing this role. The rest of star cast do justice to their part.

    Go for it if you want to energize yourself , enjoy yourself and of course if you are a Tom Cruise movies fan

  • It looks like Tom has been Cruising with another great movie, as Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation is filled with the right amount of action scenes and comic relief to make this a must see. It hooks you in with an exciting start, which in turn is a pleasant way to a vague idea of what the plot line is. After that, it steps right into what we have all wanted to see… the shot mainly focusing in on Ethan Hunt doing his thing, him working efficiently on the fringe of destruction of the world.\

    How is this movie different from the others out there?

    First off, Ethan Hunt is a reasonable man in his own respect – as in not blowing anybody’s head off. He realizes that thinking through the situation is better than going Rambo on the front lines. Brain over Brawn. While a good thoughtless killing may be good in very certain circumstances, this movie is not meant to be on of them. It shows the genius of Tom Cruise’s character and how he thinks. He shows he does the job for the reason of saving the world, not for the girls (Thanks, Bond).

    Also, the balance of this movie from conflict to humor/diving into the story-line is impeccable. I feel I have to bring up San Andreas as a comparison. While a good movie, it involved the destruction of objects most of the time. This is not the case in Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation. When the action starts to have the potential of becoming overwhelming, a good joke pops up and makes you chuckle. Or when you might start to crave a shootout, one happens.

    Overall, Mission Impossible keeps your eyes glued to the screen the whole time and you should spend the time to watch it and makes you want to know when Ethan gets to Hunt down his next enemy. And yes, the only thing that you are disappointed about when the credits start rolling, is that the movie ended.

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