Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tom Cruise is a wealthy, self-absorbed, prima donna. But at a time in film making where CGI is used to enhance even non-action movies, I appreciate when actually physical effects and stunts are used. And Tom Cruise does a lot of his own stunts. That fact alone means I appreciate a film like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation even more.
As the fifty instalment of this franchise, you might expect that it might be getting a little repetitive and tired. But, surprisingly is it actually the opposite. The script by the director Christopher McQuarrie is both crisp and delightfully light. There is great balance between the action, drama and humor. If fact at times the film has the precise comedic timing of the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon. This film does not take itself too seriously. Tom even pokes fun and his own character.
The script also goes back to best elements of the first Mission Impossible film. Specifically this means that the IMF team will be operating on its own, it will be using fantastic, but not too outlandish, gadgets, and we will not know until the end who is the real enemy is and how the IMF will save the day.
The plot involves a group of “rogue” agents that make up a terrorist group known as “The Syndicate”. The Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is under fire and Cruise as its leader Ethan Hunt are under suspicion of “going rogue”. But Ethan believes that The Syndicate is behind multiple acts of terrorism around the world.
So, as usual the IMF; Benji (Simon Pegg), Luther (Ving Rhames) and Brant (Jeremy Renner) along with Ethan need to fighting big hulking bad guys, steal something very important and be in some very high-speed car and motorcycle chases. Of course there is the la femme de la journée. Fortunately, in this case it is the superb Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa. Her penetrating blue eyes and athletic grace were a delight to watch.
Now back to Tom Cruise. Yes, he is a prima donna. This is why he is able to bully and negotiate (he is one of the producers) that he will do many of his own stunts. And is this film “The Stunt” is him actually hanging off the outside of an aircraft as it takes off. By the way, he had to do this stunt eight times to get the footage they needed.
And I am more than willing to make Tom wealthier because I enjoyed this film for its physical action, for its plausible and well told story and for the dramatic and comedic performances by the cast.