It is speculated that Ethan Hunt and the IMF may be back for one last time in this year’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. If this turns out to be true, at least they are going out strong. In the newest installment of the action franchise, Hunt and his crew are chasing an Anti-IMF terrorist group known as the Syndicate. They are trying to expose the Syndicate and its leaders, all while staying off grid so they are not imprisoned or killed by the harsh captain of the CIA. While the plot twists are more than predictable, the action sequences are enough to keep you captivated for the film’s lengthy run time.
This chapter of the team’s story is just as solid as all the others that have come before it. What really makes these movies enjoyable is the incredible action sequences. There is only one instance in the movie where you are pulled out of the story due to something looking highly computer-generated. Aside from that brief moment, everything is outstanding. The hand to hand combat scenes are always fun to watch, but these movies are taken above and beyond that due to its lead actor agreeing to do his own stunt work. The plane scene you see in the trailer? That is really Tom Cruise hanging on to a plane that ascending into the sky. He does so many other crazy things in the film as well. They would be impressive if anyone was doing them, but to know that he wants to do them and that what you are seeing was not done by computers is remarkable. You can be the biggest Cruise hater in the world, but have to hand it to him on his bravery and appreciate what he is giving to this role.
The biggest problem with this movie is Hunt’s relationship to the female character Ilsa. She is revealed as a double agent in the very first scene, yet there is something to not trust about her. Of course, this could just be due to the fact that her storyline in particular is detailed and complicated to understand. That aside, it is as if the writers wanted to give their lead a romantic storyline without any sort of romance or attraction being shown. Her purpose in the movie is to bring something sexy to the group in the absence of Paula Patton. Her fight scenes are ridiculously cool, but her relationship to Ethan is not really as clear or connected as it could have been.
If not for anything else, go see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation for the action scenes. There is no way you can be disappointed in them or in watching the real actors risk everything to do them. You will see the plot twists coming, but they are still well-devised. All in all, it is just a fun way to escape reality for a few hours.