This week we have a Tonk’N Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation review and remember I don’t see movies for free so my ratings reflect if you/I will get/got our money’s worth.
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin
Director:- Christopher McQuarrie
Rogue Nation Review
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returns as he faces The Syndicate, a collection of rogue agents lead by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), as they cause chaos across the globe. At the same time the IMF is disbanded by the US government and Hunt is declared a rogue agent and calls upon his team to help him.
The opening sequence might be one of the best action openings I’ve seen in awhile, you’ve seen it on all the trailers probably, as Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) attempts to infiltrate a airplane and recover a load of nerve gas. This is the tip of the iceberg for Hunt and the IMF. Hunt receives his next mission from the IMF but realizes it’s all a ploy by the Syndicate to capture him. From there revealing too much of the plot will spoil the twists so I’ll leave you to your devices if you want to discover more of the plot.
M:I-RN is the fifth movie to feature Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in the film reboot of the television series, and maybe it’s just me, but it seems like the films are getting better. I really enjoyed this, more so than Ghost Protocol and I loved GP. The action sequences are not a rehash from previous films, which sometimes happens, so they look and feel fresh. Tom Cruise might be the perfect action star. I slept on “Edge of Tomorrow” and regret not going to see it in theaters. He doesn’t seem to age so when he does a sequel you don’t say “He’s too old for this..”.
The twists are there, but the writing is good enough to keep you theorising…. You think oh it’s ABC when it turns out to be DEF, but then you turn out to be wrong altogether. The film keeps you guessing in key parts, keeps you hooked in with the action/spy sequences, and the comedy works instead of being groan inducing.
The writing is the best I’ve seen in an action movie in quite some time, and if you’re gonna add a spy element to it, the writing better keep you guessing and this one does. They lead you to believe you have it picked out but in the end you’re wrong. The plot is cohesive and the different twists work well. I really enjoyed the ending too, it’s a nice call back.
The actors all play their roles well, so no one seems out of place. If I had to nitpick, the main villain wearing a black turtleneck reeks of cliche. Jeremy Renner as William Brandt was a great addition to the IMF Team when he joined during Ghost Protocol. I like how his character always plays counterpoint to Hunt’s. They have the same objective, but often disagree about how to achieve it. Hunt’s an agent and Brandt’s a diplomat. In the end they work together despite their different approaches of how to get missions done.
Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa Faust, one of the Syndicate’s agents that comes into contact with Hunt and his team (Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn [At first I thought he might be miscast as an IMF agent but he has proven himself over the series to be quite capable] and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell). I’m glad they didn’t go full blown romance between Hunt and Faust. I don’t understand how that happens during action films. I get the damsel in distress theory but it seems cheap to me. Anyway, these two only have hints of a possible connection but the director never goes full on with that, and it makes the film better.
The Owen The Tonk Review Scale: See It – First Day, First Weekend, First Week, In Theaters, At Home, Don’t Bother Rogue Nation review
Rating for Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation: See It – First Day – This is the best action film of the year, and the most fun you’ll have at the theater this year.
- I love the casting against type of Rhames as Stickell. Sure he could be some kind of bruising enforcer but instead he’s a computer genius who rarely gets violent in these films. I love the dichotomy.
- M:I has gotten better over the years. I rewatched the previous films (not competely but enough to refresh my memory) and M:I 1 holds up well, M:I 2 not so much and I disliked 3 still. Not horrible but it didn’t resonate with me for some reason. M:I Ghost Protocol is great and M:I Rogue Nation is excellent. If I ranked them: M:I – Rogue Nation; M:I – Ghost Protocol; M:I 1; M:I 2; M:I 3.
- This might have overtaken Mad Max Fury Road as my favorite film of the summer. Matter of fact it has – the writing makes it stand out from Mad Max.
- Don’t forget to check out my Oscar predictions here!
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Owen’s Movies of Note:
1) Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation
2) Mad Max Fury Road
3) Mr. Holmes
4) Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
7) Ex Machina.
8) Terminator Genisys
9) Avengers: Age of Ultron
10) Love & Mercy
11) Jurassic World