With the Impossible Mission Force disbanded due to their reckless methods, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is all alone in his hunt for the Syndicate, unable to trust any of his former allies.
Like Bond, Mission Impossible found new form with its previous installment, with large action set pieces and a much less complicated story that had its funny moments.
It established protagonist Ethan Hunt as less of a lone wolf and more of a team player with a loyal team at his back even when he wasn’t backed by the bureaucracy.
In this aspect, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is much the same: Hunt still counts on his friends, IT expert Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and recent addition William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) to have his back, seeing as Hunt is strong and still equipped with an infinite repertoire of witty one-liners.
This time however, Hunt has been separated from his colleagues, who are caught in squabbles with the CIA’s director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin).
With everyone able to help him under tight surveillance, an interesting new aspect to Rogue Nation is the question who Hunt can trust and who might betray him in order to keep their jobs. Another person in this equation is Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), double agent in trouble with both sides. She is a fascinating character because she doesn’t have to depend on being rescued, and is able to play Ethan Hunt, a great spy, at his own game.
Director Christopher McQuarrie, who previously written the Tom Cruise films Jack Reacher, Valkyre and Edge of Tomorrow, managed to take the parts we liked in Brad Bird’s approach to the M:I universe, and added more excitement and a few plot twists to make it a great overall experience.
Thrilling and with a de-cluttered plot, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has everything that you want from a franchise that’s rediscovered it’s form.
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner
Running Time: 131 min
Release Date: 7 December 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5