Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Film Review

Tom Cruise in 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'.
Tom Cruise in 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'.
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Say what you will about Tom Cruise’s personal life but at the ripe old age of 53 he has more youthful exuberance in his little finger than most 30 somethings have in their entire bodies.

The opening scene of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ is outstanding and if you’re wondering why it looks so real it’s because it is real.

Cruise is one of the most bankable movie stars ever and it’s easy to see why.

Even the most discerning of movie fan would forgive Cruise for using a stunt double in this instance but in the opening scene of the film it really is Tom Cruise hanging from the side of a fast moving aircraft. What makes it even more insane is the fact it took him eight takes to perfect it.

Tom Cruise might not be to everyone’s taste but when it comes to the world of cinema he’s a throw back to the great action stars of the 80s and 90s.

Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise will be 20 years old next year and due to the success of the most recent film, a sixth instalment will begin production in 2016.

‘Rogue Nation’, the fifth film in the series, sees Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and the rest of the IMF become disbanded by CIA Director, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin).

However, Hunt decides he must do things his way and tracks down the group known as the Syndicate.

The Syndicate is headed by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and they are essentially made up of disenfranchised secret agents from all over the world.

Helped only by friend and fellow agent Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Hunt must use all of his skills to take down the Syndicate and save the life of British secret agent, Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).

Rebecca Ferguson as Isla Faust.

Rebecca Ferguson as Isla Faust.

The plot is the same. Bad guy, this time Sean Harris, poses a threat to global security and Ethan Hunt and the IMF must do all they can to stop him.

You know exactly what you are letting yourself in for when it comes to a film like ‘Mission Impossible’ but what makes ‘Rogue Nation’ so enjoyable is the chemistry between Cruise and Pegg and have I mentioned the stunts?

Pegg’s character is stereotypically British but he also gets some of the film’s best lines.

About half way through the film there’s a car chase scene involving Cruise and Pegg. It’s superb and be sure to check your mouth for flies after the ensuing motorbike chase scene because your jaw will hit the floor. It really is that good.

Newcomer Rebecca Ferguson is good as Ilsa Faust but Sean Harris is far too tame as bad guy, Solomon Lane.

I am a big fan of Harris. I thought him brilliant in ‘Harry Brown’ and ‘71’ but unfortunately he is not allowed off the leash here. Nothing says summer quite like a summer blockbuster and ‘Rogue Nation’ is one hell of a blockbuster. It ticks all of the boxes and despite being over half a century old, Cruise is just as exciting now as he was 30 years ago.

VERDICT: 4/5 - Many have their opinions on Tom Cruise’s life outside of the movies but there can be no denying his calibre as a movie star. Cruise insists on doing many of the stunts in his films himself and the opening scene in ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ is outstanding. The chemistry between Cruise and Pegg is fantastic and works really well but what makes this movie so good are the countless stunts. Fight scenes, car chases, motorbike chases... the list goes on... Go see this movie. It’s one for the big screen!