Also known as MI: 5 (a nod to the British Intelligence service), it’s arguably the best action movie of the year. The film has a very European spy thriller feel, featuring breathtaking scenic filmography as Ethan Hunt jumps from the rigs in an opera house in Vienna, races on the lovely streets of Morocco, and runs through the cold misty streets of London as they try to unveil what exactly the Syndicate is and the enigmatic character that runs it.
The film begins immediately after the events of Ghost Protocol, with Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Mission Force team following leads of activities being run by a shadowy organization known only as the ‘Syndicate’- a group of global agents/spies gone terrorist. But the US government is not pleased with the wanton recklessness that is the IMF’s method of operation, often causing much destruction in their ‘clandestine’ missions. It distances itself from it all and shuts down the team. Now a disavowed agent, Ethan Hunt must continue to carry out his investigation without the help and resources of the government. He eventually finds help from unexpected sources and eventually his original team risk their own livelihoods to join his crusade of justice.
This time, Ethan Hunt faces a mission so impossible that even he has to be saved! But his resolve to get things done, no matter how insane or improbable, makes him a very frightful adversary. He blatantly refuses to put the lives of his friends at risk, finding creative ways to escape no-win situations bargains. He has something that most battle-hardened covert operatives tend not to have, compassion. This presents you with the most resilient, yet gentle Ethan Hunt in the movie series so far.
The only problem is that the main villain (played by Sean Harris) does very little throughout the movie, spending most of it as just a face on bulletins. But the scenes with him in person are filled with enough intensity to make you fear the sheer amount of power and influence one man can have. And his face-to-face moments with Ethan Hunt are tense! They are quite literally two sides of the same coin. Even though you know that Ethan Hunt will win in the end, the way he does it is so cheesy!
The Mission Impossible movies are famous for their insane stunts, impossible situations and fast paced action, and Rogue nation ticks all those boxes. In fact, the movie is tailored so exquisitely that you can barely notice the breaks in the movie. The cast is so comfortable in the movie that you’d almost think you’re watching something akin to Top Gear.
By the time the movie credits roll up, it’s difficult to imagine a Mission Impossible movie without Tom Cruise running it. He gracefully carries the movie on his shoulders without as much as a pant. Can you believe that Tom Cruise trained under diving specialist Kirk Krack to be able to hold his breath for six minutes to perform an underwater sequence which was filmed in a single long take without any edits?! He’s done amazing work with the film series so far, and there’s a sequel already in the works.
The tone of the movie is significantly darker, and is saved by the light humour of Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Brandt (Jeremy Renner), not to mention Ethan Hunt’s own quirks.
Every Mission Impossible movie to date has had a different director. So far we’ve had Brian De Palmer, John Woo, J. J. Abrams Brad Bird, and now Christopher McQuarrie. Each director has brought something unique to the table, but the movies still maintain an obvious cohesion and character consistency. Since J. J. Abrams directed Mission: Impossible III, he’s been produced both Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation. He’s quite the master of spy fare and sci-fi now, being the executive producer of the popular series Person Of Interest, and directing and producing the Star Trek reboots. Ever since Abrams got involved, they’ve just kept getting better.