What a year for the spy film genre as the year of the spy kicks off with the fifth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. With the franchises quality on the rise like a Cingular bar commercial we are immediately thrust into the constant tension that is Ethan Hunt’s existence as a super-spy. Tom Cruise returns to the film as the titular character along with Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, and my future wife Rebecca Ferguson all meshing together one way or another as the IMF disbands.
When you think you of the quality of the Mission Impossible films you will notice they were only getting better after John Woo’s attempt at the second film and Ghost Protocol proved to us that it was on a proper trajectory as the films continued their respective stories, Rogue Nation is no different. Starting the film off is a montage of stunts and Tom Cruise style running and the much talked about plane stunt…which I missed. I hate to break it to you guys, but I kid you not, I blinked and missed it. Didn’t think anything of it while the beginning credits rolled on and I bloody missed it…
Thankfully, the film in it’s entirety didn’t need that plane scene by any stretch of the imagination because this film starts off with a bang and you are immediately plummeted into the espionage we are so fond of. Even into his 50’s, Tom Cruise is proving that he has his eyes on the prize and nothing is going to stop this lunatic of an actor for giving us the best, most entertaining films he possibly can and his say on who directs the films have proven to become one of the most positive on the franchises later films. Getting writer/director Christopher McQuarrie couldn’t have been a better choice to helm the film and you are never bored even in the slightest.
A plot centering around spies locating rogue spies is one of the most obvious spy cliches out there, right? WRONG. It is everything you want it to be in a film that has reached its fifth installment and you will not get tired of the clever dialogue complex, but easy to comprehend story line and you will instantly question everything you think you know about what is happening next and that makes for a film you can’t help but get into.
Though we don’t get Cruise hanging alongside the tallest building on Earth, we are given suspense that your heart can’t help but pound at. The action is crisp and believable and holds off on any doves and overly long running scenes (John Woo!) and substitutes those with great chemistry once again between Cruise as Hunt and Simon Pegg as Benji. It’s the arrival of a whole different character that took my breath away, in more ways than one, and she was portrayed by the beautiful and bad-ass talent of Rebecca Ferguson. She shines alongside everyone she shares the screen with and delivers not only one of my favorite female characters in film as of late, but one of my favorite spy characters in general. Holding her own between everyone makes me hope to see her on the silver screen in more starring roles.
Now, the villain in this film is one that isn’t exceptionally memorable, but when he is on film he is chilling and weird and motivated which you can appreciate nonetheless. It suffers from Marvel syndrome a little bit and that isn’t exactly a bad thing when you think about it. They both seem to always have fresh faces at director to intail keep their films fresh, but they don’t have the best rouges gallery. Yes that was a play on words….I digress.
Twists and turns are expected in spy films and this is no different, but thankfully it all works. The twists keep you locked on and interested in the story from beginning to the end making you want to veg out watching every spy film your dad and grandfather has in their bedrooms until the sixth Mission Impossible comes out in the near future. I could not have asked for a better sequel for any film and Rogue Nation is without a doubt an A+. If you are looking to be entertained and have a good time at the theater I implore you all to check this out and spend that eleven dollars on a ticket and support the good movies like this.
We will also have Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer and the fourth installment of the Daniel Craig Bond series with Spectre, and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks later this year.
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