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Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation
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by Lybarger

"The recording doesn’t self-destruct after five seconds."
4 stars

The appeal of the Mission: Impossible movies lies in the title. Viewers know that the laws of physics have been made optional and that gadgets James Bond would envy have been made readily available. Because it’s not ‘Mission: Vaguely Plausible,’ the success of one of these films depends on how outlandish the filmmakers make Tom Cruise’s exploits. If the adventure is as spectacular and silly as Scientology’s Xenu origin story, the movie is guaranteed to be fun.

Thankfully, Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects[/i/ and who wrote and directed the solid Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher is just about the right person to deliver the essential outrageousness. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation does nothing to develop Ethan Hunt (Cruise) or the rest of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF).

It doesn’t have to.

As with The Usual Suspects, McQuarrie creates such a complicated scenario that detailed, nuanced characters would make the space between jaw dropping set pieces hard to follow. By keeping the people simple, McQuarrie has room to create increasingly disorienting plot twists that provide a sound foundation for scientifically dubious moments of wonder.

In Hunt’s new assignment, he has no choice in accepting it. Having observed a series of events that are too methodically executed to be random, he suspects that an evil parallel organization to IMF exists. In a London record shop, he discovers that The Syndicate is all too real and that he’s going to be short of help.

The new director (Alec Baldwin) of the Central Intelligence Agency is in front of Congress demanding the end of IMF as an unaccountable Cold War relic. This limits the ability of Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther (Ving Rhames) to get Hunt safely out of Europe. Actually, Hunt can’t come back to the States because he’s wanted as a rogue agent.

Hunt does get some assistance from a mysterious woman named Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), who can perform such superhuman feats as dashing marathon-like distances in towering heels. While he’s grateful to be alive, Hunt has no idea if she’s got his best interests in mind or if she’s saving him merely to betray him to Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the leader of The Syndicate.

The motives of all involved are murky, and little of Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation makes sense. Fortunately, that’s not a requirement.
McQuarrie knows that viewers want to watch Cruise hang from the side of a plane, so he creates a series of equally over-the-top chases, heists and showdowns across Europe and North Africa.

In Jack Reacher, McQuarrie showed a knack for staging by making the diminutive action star Cruise seem much taller than he is. With Rogue Nation[/]i, the director actually emphasizes the star’s actual stature, making his fights with taller villains more hair raising. Hunt’s sole defining trait is his courage, so he now seems even braver by tussling with bigger guys.

McQuarrie is not in the mood for and was probably not asked to deliver a John le Carré mental and emotional workout. Thankfully, he consistently rewards viewers eager for exquisitely crafted eye candy.

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell good entry in the series 4 stars
12/15/15 Langano Same old, same old. 3 stars
10/05/15 Alex S Great female companion but other than a few scenes, this movie felt forgettable :/ 3 stars
10/05/15 G. Fun and Rebecca Ferguson was a great addition to the cast. 4 stars
9/10/15 Terror Same shit over again. Nothing new 1 stars
8/27/15 Laura I think I expected more, after seeing the last one. Good movie still. 4 stars
8/09/15 Koitus Good movie; awesome m-cycle chase scene. And kudos to Rebecca! Hopfully she's rising star 4 stars
8/07/15 Tony Brubaker I want to bugger Rebecca Ferguson. 5 stars
8/05/15 mr.mike While it's good, a bit of been there-done that is starting to creep in. 4 stars
8/02/15 Bob Dog Tom Cruise rocks / Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation sucks 1 stars
8/02/15 The rock Tom cruise and mission impossible sucks 1 stars
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