Unless you’re just obsessed with watching cars all the time (The Fast and the Furious films), the Mission: Impossible movies have become the best action franchise out there. You get something different in each film. Although the one constant is Tom Cruise pretty much breaking his body to impress the audience. He’s now 53 years old and still doing his own insanely risky stunts that other actors won’t do. People raved about the last Mission: Impossible reinvigorating the series, but that one really just had two big elaborate scenes and a completely unmemorable villain. The newest entry in the series surpasses that one in my opinion.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, like the others before it, has what sounds like a convoluted plot but winds up being easier to follow as it goes along. And as always, the unique action scenes distract you from any concerns you may have about the plot anyway. This time around, the IMF agency that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team work for has been disbanded and now absorbed into the CIA. This is due to the IMF’s extreme and sometimes unacceptable methods of operating, as well as Ethan Hunt’s insistent belief in an international criminal organization known as the Syndicate which leads him to being cutoff by the CIA.
So now Hunt is perceived to be on his own as he’s missing in action from their last operation. With the CIA after him, he now has to worry about his own country which he once worked for as well as a new adversary named Solomon Lane who heads that very Syndicate which he has been trying to eradicate. Solomon is a chilling, malevolent antagonist to Hunt as he captures him early in the film. Luckily, Ethan Hunt’s fellow agents agree to help him out regardless of the IMF’s disbanding. That’s part of what has made the last three Mission: Impossible films in particular really work: they’re not all about Ethan Hunt, but rather about how his team works so cohesively to help him complete his missions. But don’t get me wrong, it’s always Tom Cruise at the forefront. Other actors get their moment such as Simon Pegg who adds humor to all the crazy action. Yet it’s Cruise who dazzles everyone with his game stunt work and dedication to the role. Whether it’s holding his breath underwater for minutes at a time or literally hanging off the side of an actual airplane in flight, he always pushes the envelope and wows us. Regardless of your personal opinion of the man, he shuts his naysayers up when it comes to entertaining his audience with these films. You can expect more Mission: Impossible movies in the future as this is one of the only film franchises that continues to get better and better as it goes along.