August 7, 2015

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Last night I saw the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

It was great.

If the opening scene fail to impress you (Tom Cruise jumping onto a moving plane, walking the wing, and clinging onto an outside door during takeoff without a stunt double), then there may be something wrong with you.

I knew I was going to enjoy the film's plot when its signature "Your mission, should you choose to accept it" scene turned everything on its head.

The IMF has been overtaken by a rogue syndicate, a terrorist-led cell seeking to overturn governments and businesses and thwart power. Armed by disavowed former IMF agents, the syndicate wants to put Ethan Hunt out of commission at the same time the CIA has chosen to dissolve IMF and its leadership.

The film's cast is fantastic--Tom Cruise, Alex Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg (my favorite)--and better yet, Ethan Hunt not only meets his match but is repeatedly bested by a female field agent, portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson. It would be nice to see more female leads and supporting cast members in action films overall, but Ferguson's savvy, butt-kicking character was a welcome addition. Pride and Prejudice fans will also love Tom Hollander's appearance (aka Mr. Collins).

As someone who loves classic cars but knows little to nothing about motorcycles, the film's motorcycle chase scene featuring a move I can only assume is called drifting (thank you, Mario Kart, for my frame of reference), was very impressive.

If you're headed to the theater this weekend and were wondering if you should check out Mission: Impossible, I think it's well worth your while.

What have you seen in the theater this summer?

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