Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise is back at it again leading the Impossible Mission Force through the gauntlet yet again. This is the fifth film in the Mission Impossible franchise, and it did not disappoint.Is it a great movie that can change your views on life or have some hidden profound meaning? No way in hell does it have any of that, but it’s still a fun movie to get behind. The basic story is that the IMF has been functioning as they will with no real authority telling them what to do. The US government takes notice of this and moves to have them disbanded. During this time, a secret evil version of the IMF called the Syndicate has been increasing their attacks worldwide. Ethan Hunt has to get his team back together to try and combat this new threat while trying to dodge the CIA. The story is simple enough and has enough twists and turns to keep the audience’s attention. I’m always an advocate for a major character death just to go against the norm of everyone surviving and going off into the sunset, but everyone does indeed survive this time out. Action wise, there are great sequences throughout; and the greatest part is that the cast did a majority of them. The biggest surprise was the opening stunt that had Ethan Hunt hanging onto a cargo plane as it took off was all real. As for the characters and acting, all involved did their jobs well. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames rounded out the returning cast members; with Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson bringing new faces to this world. I was glad to see Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn get a bigger role because his character is really well done and grounded. Renner’s William Brandt felt similar to his other roles in Avengers and Bourne Identity. He still did a great job at it, but it feels like he’s slowly becoming the same person in each role. As for Ving Rhames, it’s just nice to have him be the only other member besides Tom Cruise reprise his role from the original. As for Baldwin and Ferguson, they both fill their respective roles admirably. There’s not much else that need be said besides that this fits the mold for a good summer movie; and I have to say it is one of the best in the franchise.

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