Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Synopsis: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson
Release Date: 30th July 2015

I apologise. Starting a review with ‘UGH’ is probably not the professional thing to do.
Watching Mission Impossible, it feels that this movie was built for individual moments, rather than a story-telling piece with an overall arc and characters that actually develop and change.  This movie was built to showcase its stunts only.
Tom Cruise on a plane.
Tom Cruise on a dangerous swim.
Tom Cruise in a car chase.
Tom Cruise in a motorcycle chase.

This movie relies too heavily on its stunts and lets everything else fall by the wayside. It’s characters aren’t that particularly intriguing, including newcomer to the franchise Rebecca Ferguson, who plays agent Ilsa Faust. I have to mention that it’s really great to MI:RN decided to have a strong female character (literally strong, but unfortunately not strongly written) but the writers have spent so much time making sure you see her fighting skills on-screen, that you learn almost nothing else about her. Her fight skills, while admirable, look like they’ve been pulled directly from Marvel’s Black Widow. So much so that I watched the credits carefully to see if it was Heidi Moneymaker that did those stunts (it wasn’t).
The main villain of this piece of the franchise is laughable. Played by Sean Harris, Solomon Lane doesn’t feel threatening at all. Instead, he just sounds like a man who has smoked a pack a day since birth. I’m can’t speak for all audiences, but I don’t feel threatened by a man who speaks barely above a high-pitched whisper and doesn’t actually do anything in the film.
Script-wise, this movie is just pathetically woeful. The following is a legitimate line from the movie, said by Alec Baldwin: “Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny.
Like, are you for real? I don’t think I need to expand on the script any further.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a slight improvement on the others in the franchise. It does have good action sequences and a female character who has almost an equal amount of screen time, but there are still many other flaws that need to be fixed if it wants to stay a tentpole franchise.
Perhaps in the inevitable next installment.


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