Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

After Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol came out in 2011, a fifth film of the Mission Impossible series was in development with Tom Cruise scheduled to return, but had to postpone as he was working on Edge Of Tomorrow with Christopher McQuarrie who co-wrote the script and Doug Liman directed the picture. After working on the film, they immediately began their second collaboration in the fifth installment of Mission Impossible known as, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.”

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation came out in 2015. (same year Spectre came out) It received positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Plus, it managed to make a profit at the box office.

Now that Mission Impossible is earning positive reviews from critics and premiered in Paris, France, I want to share my real thoughts about the fifth entry to the series in response to Tom’s latest adventure.

The following review contains no potential SPOILERS whatsoever. If you never ever ever seen Rouge Nation, feel free to read this non-spoiler article.

Positive & Negative Elements

Positive: Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role as Ethan Hunt and he did an excellent job for performance. Besides producing and acting each movie, he also did his own stunts without a body double. He deserves Bonus Points for all that hard work. Say what you will about him, in my opinion, he’s the Jackie Chan of American Cinema.

Cast Members from previous films including Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg & Jeremy Renner reprise their roles as Luther Stickell, Benji Dunn & William Brandt. They all did an amazing job for their respective performances.

Newcomers to the series such as Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris & Alec Baldwin all did a great job for their respective performances.

Fun Fact: Alec Baldwin reunites with Tom Cruise. They both worked together in the musical film adaptation, “Rock Of Ages.”

Christopher McQuarrie did a decent job for writing and directing the fifth installment. He also came back to direct Mission Impossible: Fallout.

J.J. Abrams co-produced the film. He wasn’t available to direct as he was incredibly busy writing and directing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The iconic theme song is used in the opening and it’s used in certain moments.

Action Sequences were unforgettable from start to finish. My favorite scene was Ethan holding his breath underwater. I would assume Tom’s good friend Russell Crowe, gave him tips to hold his breath after Russell actually  hold his breath underwater in Man Of Steel. I’m giving the underwater scene an Extra Point, because it is arguably the main highlight of the movie. When Ethan goes deep into the water, you know you want to wear an oxygen mask.

Practical Effects were heavily used to build Action Sequences & Stunts for Tom to perform dangerous scenes while C.G.I. was effectively used to enhance certain scenes like the underwater sequence.

Cinematography is filled with gorgeous shots lacking Shaky Cam and Dutch Angles.

The Cold Opening Scene properly establishes the story.

When Ethan enters a record store, a Metallica poster can be seen in the background. The band wrote “ I Disappear” for the second movie. Gotta love a sly Easter Egg or as TV Tropes call it a “Mythology Gag!” Metallica is one of my favorite heavy metal bands.

A record player is used to for a mission briefing with a new flavor added to the series’ recurring motif.

A gadget from the first three films return. Benji mentioned from the fourth film about complaining why nobody is using it. I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with “flask.”

For the first time in the series, The Syndicate from the original television series makes its debut. The organization is the equivalent of Spectre from James Bond. Coincidentally, both Rogue Nation & Spectre came out the same year. Both The Syndicate & Spectre are the titular terrorist organization.

Rogue Nation features a callback related to the events of Ghost Protocol.

Similar to its predecessor, Rogue Nation’s dramatic structure is on the same level of high stakes drama.

Outside of Ethan, his teammates actually serve a purpose without having any second thoughts on not willing to take a risk.

Rebecca Ferguson’s character Ilsa Faust, has a pivotal role connected to the conflict as her character arc centers on her morality.

I have to admit, Solomon Lane is way better villain than James Bond’s arch nemesis, Ernest Blofeld. Unlike Blofeld, Lane isn’t incompetent, he’s actually a calculative chess master and unpredictable.

If you’re a fan of the Halo franchise, a copy of Halo 5 is shown. To put the icing on the cake, the game is shown on a computer.

A character questions Ethan about his “business” in Casablanca. Tom stated that Ingrid Bergman is his celeb crush. Plus, the sole reason why Tom handpicked Rebecca, is because she resembles the late actress.

Negative: Product Placement features the follow brands such as XBOX, BMW, Dell & Cisco. I’m gonna give this flaw a pass, because I couldn’t find any brand to spot with my own two eyes.

The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is another awesome entry to the series next to Ghost Protocol. (my personal favorite out of all of them) Every single positive thing listed, indicates why the fifth installment is on the same page as Ghost Protocol. If you’re very eager to see Mission Impossible: Fallout, I strongly recommend watching it and the rest of the movies in chronological order if you’re new to the series. I’m so glad I saw Rogue Nation, not that god awful Fan4Stic movie. (A reboot of Fantastic Four)

When the sixth movie comes out, I’m definitely gonna be the first in line to see it! If you’re planning on seeing Teen Titans Go To The Movies, I pity your decision.

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