Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Review)

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The Best Mission Impossible Yet!

Most film franchises crash into a brick wall by their fifth film such as Star Wars (Attack of the Clones), Rocky (Rocky V), Planet of the Apes (Battle of the Planet of the Apes), and etc.  Mission Impossible has taken a different route. Every Mission Impossible film is better than the previous.  Rogue Nation is the best Mission Impossible film yet. It’s success goes the director (Christopher McQuarrie), writer (Drew Pearce), and the cast that includes: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Harris.

Ethan Hunt (Cruise), Benji Dunn (Pegg), Luther Strickell (Rhames), and William Brandt (Renner) are trying to prevent terrorists from stealing biochemical weapons that could wipe out an entire city. Hunt boards the terrorist’s getaway plane while its taking off and successfully steals the weapons. Brandt is attending a close door Senate hearing about previous incidents IMF’s (Impossible Missions Force) has caused over the last decade . CIA Director, Alan Hunley (Baldwin), wants to shut down the IMF and allow the CIA to control its operations. Meanwhile, Ethan is in London getting his next assignment when he is ambushed by the leader of the Syndicate, Solomon Lane (Harris).  Lane wants to torture Hunt to the point where he will work for the Syndicate. Ethan escapes with the help of Ilsa Faust (Ferguson) and calls Brandt to inform that the Syndicate is real. Brandt informs Ethan that the entire IMF has been discontinued, and Ethan should turn himself in.  Ethan goes on the run and searches for the Syndicate and their leader while avoiding the IMF.

The only negative about Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is nothing. Honestly nothing comes to mind about Rogue Nation that detracted from the film. The pacing was great. McQuarrie knew that he needed help while writing the film. He has a good eye to direct action scenes and is a good story teller. He asked Paramount to bring in Drew Pearce to help mold the story, the character arcs, and sure up his original screenplay to make the best movie possible. Their collaboration was a success because every character had their spotlight of delivering a punchline or doing something humorous. There wasn’t a lot exposition that had to be explain through dialogue. Rogue Nation was a fast paced film and film starts out with a bang.

The action sequences are fantastic. There are about five major action sequences in the film. Ethan boarding the plane is the opening action sequence. The best action sequence might be the car chase through Casablanca in Morocco. Personality, I don’t think that I have seen a better car chase on screen since I have started watching movies as a young kid. Tom Cruise does all of his own stunts as does the rest of the cast. He is holding onto the side of the plane while it takes off, underwater and has to hold his breath for  two plus minutes, or performing that car chase with Simon Pegg in the passenger seat. He does all of the hand to hand combat too. The man loves his fans and will do anything to entertain them. The overall cast really shine in this movie but Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Sean Harris stand out.

Rebecca Ferguson nails the female lead

Rebecca Ferguson nails the female lead

Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg might have stole the show. Ferguson plays a powerhouse as an assassin. She has sex appeal, charm, but like a black widow spider is deadly when she attacks. She did her own stunt and had several impressive hand to hand combat scenes.  Simon Pegg kills it and the person who goes to see the movies with me said “Simon Pegg stole the show.”  He adds so much humor his role of Benji. Benji is really the heart of the movie. Pegg is very pivotal to the plot.  The rest of the cast kills their parts. Sean Harris really plays a good villain. He is a multidimensional character.  The audience learns his motivations and is very deadly. The rest of the cast really nail their parts and even Alec Baldwin, who can be a melodramatic, killed that ignorant boss who eventually sees your point of view. Cruise does a have Point of View shot in the film and it was completely different from the other four movies.

Overall, Rogue Nation is one of the year’s best films. It is the best blockbuster of the summer. Rogue Nation gets a 4.8 out of 5.

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Mission Impossible II (Review)

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is back for an action pact sequel

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is back for an action pact sequel

Tom Cruise Nails Being A Action Hero!

The Mission Impossible franchise is one of the best in making enjoyable action pact movies. Every movie has an unique style because each director brings a different style to each movie. The first Mission Impossible was suspenseful “who is the traitor” thriller.  Mission Impossible II is the opposite because the sequel is darker with its plot but has a lot more action sequences.  Tom Cruise nails being the lead actor again. Mission Impossible 2 is usually the least liked by fans but it was my favorite Mission Impossible movie until Ghost Protocol (Mission Impossible IV) came out.

Ethan Hunt is sometimes unavailable to carry out missions for the IMF (Impossible Missions Force).  His double is sent to Italy to escort back a famous microbiologist that has information on a deadly disease.  Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott), Hunt’s double, turns on the IMF and kills the scientist while he steals information about a cure for a deadly disease.  Ethan Hunt is on vacation and is sent to retrieve the former lover of Ambrose, Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton).  Hunt convinces to Nyah to help him. Nyah is a skill thief and gets arrested which Sean bails her out. Ethan forms a new team which includes Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames) to help him eliminate the disease known as Chimera.  Sean meets with John McCloy (Brendan Gleeson), the CEO of the Biocyte (the company that created Chimera) to sell him the antidote. Ethan breaks into the Biocyte to destroy the virus but Sean shows up with Nyah. Nyah affects herself with Chimera, and Ethan has 20 hours to save her. Ethan must find a way to prevent a global disaster and steal the antidote to save his new love.

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Tom Cruise is the reason why every Mission Impossible film is so enjoyable to watch. First, he does all of his own stunts again. He climbed a rock in the opening scene as Ethan Hunt.  John Woo directed this film. He and Cruise designed the sequel to make Ethan Hunt as James Bond type spy. I had no problems with that. Secondly, Woo directed some incredible fight sequences that keep your attention throughout the movie.  Tom Cruise did more hand to hand fighting in I:M-2 than another of the actors who played James Bond or Batman in their respective films. Finally, Tom Cruise has great chemistry with every cast member.  Cruise and Netwon had a good chemistry together on screen. She doesn’t return for MI:III though.  Ving Rhames shines as Luther again. He and Cruise expand on their relationship in the movie.

Mission Impossible has some issues. The movie is very genetic in its plot. Good guy turns bad to get rich and is willing to release chaos and destruction on the world but only the hero can stop him.  The dialogue can be very cheesy. The third member of Ethan’s team played by John Polson is forgettable.  The biggest issue of Mission Impossible II is John Woo.

John Woo is director from Hong Kong that directed some famous action martial arts movies.  Mission Impossible 2 is just too unrealistic at times. The action sequences are shot in slow motion frequently, are so over the top, and it slows down the tension throughout the film.  The final fight between Ethan and Sean is at a beach.  Ethan and Sean just finish a motorcycle chase and jump at each other in mid air. Sean nearly stabs Ethan in the eye with a knife. Ethan stops it. There are scenes with doves which are crazy too. Woo created an action blockbuster that is too over the top.

Overall Mission Impossible is a good movie. It is an action pact thrill ride. I give Mission Impossible II a 3.5. It is hella of a fun film to watch.  Metallica did a song for the film called “I Disappear,” and it is probably one of the best music videos ever made.