Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation



Producers:Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams, and David Ellison
Director: Christopher McQuarrie.
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie.
Cast:  Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Simon McBurney

Plot:  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has to stop a crate of VX  nerve gas from leaving Minsk in order to do that he must get inside the plane whose back door he just happens to be hanging off.  But this is just the beginning as agent Hunt finds out when he checks in for his next IMF assignment.  There while playing his next assignment (on a tricked out vinyl record)  he learns about the Syndicate a group of rogue agents who have all been listed as killed in action or missing.  While listening to his instructions an agent of the Syndicate traps him and he awakes to find himself strapped to a pole, where he meets Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) a disavowed MI6 agent assigned to torture him, when she is interrupted by Janik “the Bone Doctor” Vinter who informs her that he has been assigned to get the information from Hunt.  Hunt knocks Janik unconscious and with the help of Faust escapes from the clutches of the Syndicate.

But that isn’t all Hunts problems back in the Washington DC in a closed-door session CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) is doing his best to shut down the IMF saying there tactics are haphazard and reckless only getting results by sheer dumb luck.  And while agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner) tries his best but the senate rules against the IMF and it is dissolved.  When Hunt is informed of this he tells Brandt not to call him any more as he is going to find the Syndicate on his own.  When CIA director Hunley learns of this he issues a warrant for Hunts arrest and tracks him over six months with Hunt always a step ahead of him slowly finding out more about the Syndicate.

Hunt finally gets a break in Venice where he once again meets Ilsa Faust as she is about to kill the Austrian Chancellor, Hunt instead shoots the Chancellor in the arm and Ilsa shoots the assassin that was about to kill Hunt.  Hunt realizes that she is a double agent working for  MI6 and joins with her to find the one device that will bring down the Syndicate.

Comment:  If you are in for an action movie with just the right touch of comedy go see this movie.  It is a roller coaster ride from start to finish.  Crusise, Renner, Pegg, Rhames all reprise the rolls that has made the previous Mission Impossibles so good. Alec Baldwin plays the slightly bewildered and mostly angry CIA director whose bad haircut is only exceeded by Simon McBurney the MI6 director.  In fact I think even when Cruise had the full beard and wild hair do it was still better looking than Alec Baldwin’s haircut.  But I have to give props to Sean Harris I don’t know if it was his normal speaking voice or not but if you ever wanted to hear what a strangled gasp sounded like Sean Harris voice in the role of the chief of the Syndicate that strangled voice made him particularly sinister sounding.

Again lots of action, comedy, no excessive vulgar words, one scene where Ilsa Faust is taking off her shirt but her back is to the camera so nothing can be seen.  I give this movie four stars out of five.

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