Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

In close to 20 years, Rogue Nation is the fifth movie in the Mission Impossible series. On occasion, the series has attempted to consider the idea of continuity by introducing love interests and supporting characters for Ethan Hunt, but most of the time, the movies have been nothing less than one-shots and have just come off as an opportunity for Tom Cruise to do some increasingly crazy things on camera. Rogue Nation is a success by that token as Cruise defies the odds again rather spectacularly, but the movies fails to build onto the events that occurred in Ghost Protocol.

In the initial phase, it seems that this is the movie’s aim. It opens with Cruise working a part of a team with Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner and doing some great action. It seems that Paula Patton is yet another one of the forgotten characters of the series just like Maggie Q and Thandie Newton. The rest of the movie has an interesting setup as Ethan Hunt has become a legend in the eyes of the IMF, but government officials are beginning to question the psyche of the long-serving agent and the methodology used by his organization. Should the government back operations that have such a low probability of success?

The inquiry is headed by Alec Baldwin, who has some great dialogue. While Hunt’s organization is being investigated and shutdown, he is busy tracking down a clandestine network comprising of ex-secret agents called the Syndicate who are capable of influencing the world events quietly. This is the mission he gets at the end of Ghost Protocol, indicating the network has been troubling the government since then. At one point, it is implied that Hunt may have fabricated the Syndicate because he enjoys risking his life. Eventually, the movie moves on to let Cruise do his thing.

As a whole, the action is quite well-orchestrated and has some great set-missions, but some of the gadgets used in the movie are preposterous, if not unwelcome. Sam Mendes, the director is basically taking Bond in a new direction by showing espionage on a grander scale as director-writer Chris McQuarrie was apparently delighted in orchestrating shady meetings in train stations and cemeteries, opulent scenes at the opera and double-agents. Hunt’s working off the grid and IMF is disbanded and the new team formed in the last movie has been cast aside.

It is assembled during the movie slowly so Hunt has the support when required. The biggest supporting role is Benji played by Simon Pegg, but his job is usually restricted to downloading files and opening doors via laptop. Renner and Rhames have minor supporting roles. Cruise’s screen time is matched by Rebecca Ferguson in the role of Ilsa whose allegiances aren’t clear. She excels in fighting and saves Hunt in the film, which is one of the best scenes. Throughout the movie, the Syndicate remains shadowy as Hunt tells about some of the things they have done.

Since we don’t see much of it, it feels kind of impotent as a threat. Sean Harris plays the role of its figurehead and his motivations are revealed in the finale. In a nutshell, Rogue Nation is a way to advance the series comes off as fun with some suspenseful and silly missions, humor and espionage fantasies.

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