Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is an action/espionage movie and the fifth installment in the Mission Impossible spy film franchise. The film is directed by the Oscar-winning creative Christopher McQuarrie, best known for his screenplay efforts on films like The Edge of Tomorrow and The Usual Suspects.
More so than previous Mission Impossible movies, Rogue Nation acts as a direct sequel to the previous film, including most of the same characters and taking place just a few months after those events.
Due to the unpredictable and near-cataclysmic events of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation sees our continuing hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his beloved Impossible Mission Force (IMF) once again under scrutiny.
As always, Hunt must overcome the bureaucratic and logistical issues that come with being an international fugitive as he attempts to capture the latest terrorist threat. This time, Hunt and his team are hot on the trail of the Syndicate, a fabled group of rogue agents designed to carry out anarchy in developed nations. With a handful of loyal squadmates by his side, Ethan must travel abroad to disrupt and uncover the Syndicate.
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The Movie Review
Rogue Nation picks up just a few months after the events of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, with Ethan Hunt and his team successfully completing a daring aerial operation. Using the intel recovered from that mission, Hunt learns more about a shadowy organization known as the Syndicate and vows to unmask their leader.
Unfortunately, back in Washington D.C, the IMF has been decommissioned, after the director of the CIA Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) calls their methods into question. With the IMF dissolved, chief analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and lighthearted hacker Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) choose to accept positions at the CIA.
Ethan’s longtime friend and fellow field agent Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) chooses to resign, scattering the remaining members of the IMF abroad. Refusing to listen to reason, the CIA assumes that Ethan Hunt’s mission to uncover the Syndicate is a fabrication and deem him a wanted fugitive.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation continues the trend of the previous few Mission Impossible films, providing viewers with a serious yet action-packed adventure of espionage, betrayal, and mystery. Rogue Nation digs back to the roots of the franchise, offering a few more intriguing and political narrative than ever before.
There are still plenty of big-budget action scenes, including an exceptionally well-shot motorcycle/sports car chase scene, but the majority of Rogue Nation’s runtime is spent drumming up significant amounts of mystery and intrigue.
As the story follows Ethan Hunt’s continuing efforts to uncover the Syndicate, he forms an uneasy alliance with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British special agent. Ilsa’s true motivations are rarely apparent, as she continuously outwits Hunt while still providing him aid. Ilsa and Ethan’s partnership helps add more mystery to the overall narrative, leaving viewers constantly unsure of where the story will turn next.
Rogue Nation only falters in a few areas, namely with its mid-movie pacing and occasionally excessive location-hopping. It can be tough at times to track where characters are located geographically, as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is set across a variety of destinations across the globe.
The main villain also feels slightly undercooked, mostly due to a lack of screen time and character development. With that said, these issues feel minimal when stacked against the overwhelmingly exciting and engaging script, action, and main cast. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation takes the stride that Ghost Protocol started and extends it, making the franchise a force to be reckoned with.
Although many viewers might consider Mission Impossible a “poor man’s James Bond”, Rogue Nation proves that it’s just as good, if not better in some areas. Apart from a few grievances, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is an awesome action flick that cements the series as a must-watch for any fan of espionage films.
- Engaging and unpredictable mystery
- Top-notch suspense
- Effective moments of comedy
- The main villain is underwhelming