Tom Cruise has made the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise his own. This is no small feat given the enduring popularity of the original TV series. Taking the best aspects which made the small screen version so popular, Cruise has stayed true to its action-packed ethos. Continuing the spectacular action and genuine suspense of previous instalments, ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is a worthy addition to the explosive series.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) faces his most deadly mission. A skilled agent for the IMF organisation, his life becomes endangered due to The Syndicate. A sinister cabal filled with assassins and wayward spies, it aims to destroy the IMF. With his job and life on the line, Hunt gathers his team to destroy the latest threat to world peace.
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is a grandiose epic of the highest order. The villains are suitably wicked, the heroes virtuous and the action is ramped to the max. There aren’t any hidden meanings - just wild escapist thrill-ride only mega-bucks can buy. As we journey with Hunt on this incredible quest, the mix of action and humour perfectly blends. Aided by co-stars including Simon Pegg, Cruise gives a fine performance as a hero determined to right wrongs.
Making ‘Rogue Nation’ work is its vision. Embracing the story’s world-wide scope, director Christopher McQuarrie ensures the global threat feels real. The gorgeous locations are a bonus, giving the film a lushly stylised look. The stunts are what everyone expects and they don’t disappoint. Effectively utilising their possibilities, McQuarrie brings energetic pace. Thankfully remembering to tell an engaging story amidst the dazzling mayhem, ‘Rogue Nation’ should delight thrill-seekers.
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is a top notch addition to the franchise. Continuing the high standards of previous adventures, the consistent quality should enable further impossible missions for years to come.
Movie Review Rating out of 10: 8
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