MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: Yesterday I stopped by the movie theater and saw “Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation”, which stars Tom Cruise (Edge of Tomorrow, Oblivion), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Dawn of the Dead), Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules , The White Queen [TV mini-series]), Sean Harris (Prometheus, Harry Brown), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock [TV series], It’s Complicated), and Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything, Body of Lies). It is the second film directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and is also written by him. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and the IMF is back, but not for much longer. While Hunt is searching for a myth of a foe known as the Syndicate, an evil organization trained like the IMF, the Impossible Mission Force is having trouble of its own and is facing termination as their previous methods of getting a job done are questioned since they act on their own authority. It is up to Ethan and his friends to find the boss of the Syndicate and stop him before they fulfill their monstrous deeds.
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been anticipating this! The “Mission: Impossible” franchise is one of my favorites, being an avid fan of action/spy movies as well as Tom Cruise himself. There were high expectations of this film, seeing as how high the bar was raised when I watched “Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol”, so I was hoping that this film would recreate the magic the previous movie had and maybe build on it. Although it wasn’t as fantastic as “Ghost Protocol”, it sure was a great movie! The first thing I will touch up on in this review is the action, and boy does it have a lot to offer! The new director helmed it greatly, displaying amazing car chases and new stunt sets that will get your heart pumping. When the film opens to the plane scene detailed in the trailer and they prolong Cruise’s entrance, it makes it all the more awesome when he appears. And of course he comes in with his signature running motion. My favorite action scene though has to be the motorcycle chase and it is probably the best one I have seen in a film so far. Tom Cruise never disappoints and performs his stunts magnificently. I liked the story that this movie presented and it is something new. Most of the story is taken up by action sets, which can be a problem, but it is a well-defined film nonetheless. What these movies do is give you a task that seems impossible (given the name), and makes you nervous for all the characters even though you know the good guys win and the bad guys lose. Every character brought something to the table and I enjoyed all of their performances. I like how they gave Benji (Pegg) more of a role in this installment and brought back Luther (Rhames) in a bigger way as well. I thought the addition of Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa was filled out well and she was, in a way, unpredictable. She is different from all the women that have starred opposite of Cruise, and I am glad that they didn’t rehash any of the other character personalities. Outside of the acting, the cinematography is another fantastic aspect. Christopher McQuarrie has a definite realism to his style and it gives a more gritty, but yet soft tone to the story rather than Brad Bird’s polished look in “Ghost Protocol”. He helmed this addition greatly. There are a few issues that I found in this film, the first being the villain. The idea of the Syndicate was terrific and offered a great lurking fear over the IMF. But the head honcho himself, Solomon Lane (Harris), wasn’t that good. He is more of a villain that sends henchmen than a guy who gets his hands dirty. That’s a problem with almost all of these “Mission: Impossible” movies, besides the third film. Another con I have is that it does seem to lose traction in the middle, and with such a basic plot you have to rely on the next stunt or action scene to pick up the speed. Finally, the many twists and turns of this movie did get me caught up. I understood them after thinking more into it, but this film is the definition of lies and there are a lot of them. You constantly need to be on your toes in order to understand what side anyone is on and who you can trust. Overall, this is a fun and enjoyable movie that I adored. It is a great installment to the “Mission: Impossible” franchise and it made me smile throughout. I recommend any action fan to check it out! FINAL SCORE: 93%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: