This is the first instalment that feels like a direct sequel from its predecessor. The story picks up almost directly after the events of Ghost Protocol, and things move fast. With close to impeccable action sequences, and a clever conclusion, there is good reason to watch Rogue Nation.
Firstly, I want to express how upset I am at the portrayal of Rebecca Ferguson’s character. Can we please be done with the needless nudity and behind shots!? It was refreshing to see a slightly stronger female character this time round, playing a much more prominent role, but there really wasn’t any need for her to be dressed scantily or have her undress on screen. This is my major gripe with Rogue Nation.
That aside, please arrive to the cinema with ample time to find your seats, because you do not want to miss the opening sequence! There is a shot of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) literally hanging from the side of the plane that lasts for about 5 seconds, and it’s this epic moment of editing coupled with crazy stunt work from Cruise himself, that sets the benchmark for what is to come. As usual, Cruise’s dedication to his role as Ethan Hunt shines, and this is perhaps his most outstanding performance, as he battles an ominous villain, which has thankfully remained a surprise, so no, they didn’t show us everything in the trailer. I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as I was.
The team is back, Luther, Brandt and Benji. The missions are back and the action is back. There is a lot more interaction between the IMF team, which serves to strengthen the bonds, and they even go as far as calling each other ‘friends’, which is always touching. Renner manages to expand his character further, and we soon welcome him to the IMF fold. Pegg is fantastic as usual, and his role is really fleshed out in this one, which is great. Seeing that Ving has been in all five films along with Cruise, it’s awesome that he too has some great lines.
Humour is a big part of this film, and it works well to keep the story flowing, also alleviating serious moments of tension. It’s well balanced. Scene after scene is orchestrated so elegantly, particularly the Opera scene, which is paced and edited so well, that you wish the entire film took place in that style. Christopher McQuarrie, director and co-writer has made a great looking film. Rogue Nation is entertaining and fresh. There are things in this film that we haven’t seen been done this way before. It doesn’t feel recycled, it feels re-invented.
The action is stand-out, you can actually see and appreciate this action, mostly due to Cruise doing most of his stunts. Cameras are placed in unexpected angles which makes the viewing experience all that more special. The score isn’t distracting, and knows when not to be around.
FilmMuncher’s, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is evidence that the Mission: Impossible franchise has found it’s ground. We will be discussing it in much more detail in the upcoming episode of ThatMomentIn.com Podcast, so please stay tuned!
TRIVIA COOKIES: Tom Cruise was injured 6 times during the making of this film. Is anyone really surprised about this?
Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, both performed all their driving stunts. This totally would have made Christopher McQuarrie’s job a lot easier, and fun.