After 5 films you’d think the Mission: Impossible franchise would start wearing out. Think again. The awkwardly punctuated Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is possibly the best Mission: Impossible film yet! This time, Tom Cruise and his team go rogue in order to take down a team of bad guys who may or may not actually exist, all whilst the CIA tries to shut them down.
After Ghost Protocol’s high stakes action scene that had Tom Cruise running around the outside of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Rogue Nation smartly puts their big stunt right at the beginning of the movie. You know, the big stunt from all the trailers where Tom Cruise clings to the side of a plane taking off. This means the rest of the film can continue on at it’s own pace and not be dictated by that scene. Whereas Ghost Protocol slowed down after the stunt, Rogue Nation does the opposite. Every set piece hits the spot and brings something new and exciting to the film. Cruise holding his breath underwater, Cruise climbing the scaffolding above an ongoing opera, Cruise chasing after bad guys on a motorbike. You get the idea.
Speaking of which, Tom Cruise is in this film. At 53, he’s doing pretty great. His charisma leaps off the screen every scene he is in. His energy is unreal and you can really tell he is enjoying himself. Although Cruise is arguably not the star this time round, as he has to compete with his female equal in the form of Rebecca Ferguson. Relative newcomer Ferguson is quite simply amazing, bringing emotion and badass-ness to a character which could have easily flopped in other hands. Ferguson will surely become a star in the next few years. The rest of the cast is rounded out by the solid acting of Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and the suitably evil Sean Harris as a villain that the fourth installment was seriously lacking. All of them bring great performances, with Pegg especially shining having been given more to do this time round.
I would definitely recommend Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. An impressively good action blockbuster in a crowded summer line-up that stands out for all the right reasons. Tom Cruise continues to assert his movie star dominance over other, more standard and mediocre, films and performers.
JACK’S SCORE: 4/5