Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF super-agent Ethan Hunt as the money-spinning Mission: Impossible franchise returns for a fifth outing with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Christopher McQuarrie – who worked with Cruise on Jack Reacher – takes over directorial duties, as returning stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are joined by Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin for this latest action-packed installment.
Whichever way they turn, someone’s got it in for the IMF. Whether it’s super-serious CIA Director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) or the ultra-dangerous rogue organisation, the Syndicate, led by British-spy-turned-terrorist Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), both parties – for different reasons – want to see the back of the Impossible Mission Force and its main man, Ethan Hunt.
As Jeremy Renner’s William Brandt looks to keep his prized agent out of Hunley’s giant-sized mits, Hunt, with the help of BFF Benji (Pegg), hacker-whiz Luther (Rhames) and undercover British agent Ilsa Faust (Ferguson), goes rogue to uncover Lane and his merry band of off-the-radar Syndicate operatives.
The Mission: Impossible wheel keeps churning, and for good reason – McQuarrie’s frantic, everyone’s-bloody-rogue spectacle fills the screen with plane-jumping, car-chase antics which are as impressively orchestrated as they are plain old good fun to watch.
The increased presence of Pegg – a charming foil to Cruise’s all-action Hunt – is a welcome addition, keeping the franchise fresh without compromising Cruise’s increasingly crazy stunt shenanigans. Harris’s Lane – one purring cat away from being a Connery era Bond villain – with his piercing stare and hushed tones, is impressive, although much like the Syndicate itself – and Ferguson’s hard-nosed agent Ilsa – we are left with a frustrating itch to know more about their stories.
There’s plenty to chew on and a lot to savour with Rogue Nation. Don’t overthink the film’s fallacies, nor be put off by Alec Baldwin’s scowl-heavy, cheese-laden persona; McQuarrie, Cruise and co. have delivered an impressive summer popcorn flick which continues the good form of an extremely successful action franchise.