Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Written by Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, and Alec Baldwin
With the IMF dissolved and their assets acquired by the CIA. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his former IMF cohorts (Renner, Pegg, and Rhames) must essentially operate as rogue agents to take down the Syndicate. The Syndicate is a rogue organization that recruits agents from other agencies around the world to act as a shadow organization to commit political espionage, incite revolutions, and the like. You really cannot discuss the rest of the plot without entering the spoiler zone. However, because this is something revealed early on, I feel safe saying the plot may involve double agents and whatever is the next level of double agent. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation continues the trend that was started with Mission Impossible III, which is that each successive installment in the series improves upon the one that had preceded it.
The pros of Rogue Nation are the action set pieces. Three set pieces are particularly memorable. The first one is, of course, the heavily marketed Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plan sequence. Yes, it is true that this is the first scene in the movie. Fortunately, for Rogue Nation this sequence is the tip of the ice burg for what this movie has to offer. The next two are a chase sequence that starts as a car chase and ends with a motorcycle chase; and a thrilling underwater scene that is full of tension. The next pro goes to Rebecca Ferguson, who plays the female lead in the film. Not only is Ferguson a tough, active heroine, but the film does not once make reference to her gender. Yes, that is right you can have a kick-ass female character in your action movie without calling attention to her gender. Rogue Nation is also a well-written action film. The story of the film is intriguing and throughout the movie it not only continues to peel back the layers, but it even adds a few layers as well.
The cons of Rogue Nation are in the ensemble nature of the film. While the ensemble cast is something that is a pro for the film, however, it is primarily a three-person ensemble. Much of the plot of Rogue Nation revolves around Cruise, Ferguson, and Pegg. Having the focus on those three leaves the rest of the cast, Renner, Rhames, and Baldwin, underused. Not entirely using the rest of the cast, does not serve the film because Renner and Baldwin were great with the limited screen time that they had. I found the biggest con to be that Sean Harris’ antagonist was a weak, uninteresting, and dull villain. The Syndicate is a good enough antagonistic force that the film did not need a chief villain.
Overall, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a great action film that contains memorable action set pieces and an excellent script, although it does suffer from an underused ensemble and a poor antagonist. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation as soon as possible. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation receives a 4/5.