With the intense ups and downs of the Mission: Impossible series all but forgotten about for me, I felt it was necessary to wrap up the rest of the series. Especially before they bring another two movies out – I don’t want to be behind on this forever. So, for my Valentine’s Day this year I ended up rounding off a series that had brought me some of the best (and worst) moments of cinematic brilliance. Staring with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was a certainly good idea.
As close as we’ll get to the perfection of the first movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is the quintessential action movie. A must watch not only for fans of the series but for fans of film and general action movies.
Tom Cruise once more leads us through another one of Ethan Hunt’s adventures. By this point I’m genuinely surprised Tom Cruise isn’t walking around with a walking stick and his arm in a sling. The sheer fact that he does his own stunts tends to get more and more impressive, especially since he continues to out-do himself in each further instalment of the series. Grabbing onto a plane as it takes off was certainly a way of one-upping his building climbing antics in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, so credit where it’s due, he’s bloody impressive.
The rest of the cast follow an equally impressive suit. Simon Pegg is given a much larger role, as is Jeremy Renner. With these two in more of a larger role than the previous film ever gave them, they stand out, sometimes more than Tom Cruise does. Hell, the supporting cast to Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is one that is beginning to round off as a very nice ensemble. Alec Baldwin’s brief and fleeting appearances throughout strike some real terror and danger into the team, which is always nice to see.
My only fault with this movie is that it contains the least interesting, yet most important villain of the franchise so far. Sean Harris’ performance is one riddled with monotone villainous antics that stretch through the entire movie. But the parallels of the Bond and Bourne franchises are blurred even further in his role, which feels more like something out of Goldeneye than a Mission: Impossible movie.
The whole evil organisation threatening to take over the world has been done time and time again, and unfortunately Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation can’t exactly give that age-old plot a fresh new spin. However, in every other regard, the film is a near masterpiece of high-octane action with a solid structure of character building and engrossing visuals. McQuarrie’s involvement makes me confident that the Mission: Impossible franchise is once more heading in the right direction.