Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation film review

Went to see this on Saturday afternoon with my family at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon.

IMDB says: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

In this Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow, The Usual Suspects) directed film, Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow) stars as Ethan Hunt who, along with Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg, Paul, Hot Fuzz) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker, American Hustle) have to work outside the confines of the IMF to try to locate the Syndicate as FBI chief Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin, Beetlejuice, 30 Rock) has shut them down.

Whilst investigating Hunt finds Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson, Hercules, The White Queen) seems to have already infiltrated the organisation and as he moves closer to the Syndicate's main man Solomon Lane (Sean Harris, Harry Brown, Prometheus) he needs help from his former colleagues, including Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames, Pulp Fiction, Dawn of the Dead).

If you have seen the earlier films in the franchise, the cast/characters are already familiar and you know what to expect: action sequences, believable spy plots and no out of this world gadgets, and this movie does not disappoint.  With a few nice twists, involving British Intelligence agent Atlee (Simon McBurney, The Theory of Everything, The Last King of Scotland) and the English Prime Minister (Tom Hollander, Pirates of the Caribbean, About Time), this action movie does live up to it's name.  The stunts are fantastic, but no-one believes you could come off a motorbike at such high speed with barely a scratch.

The acting is superb and you feel like you are taken along for the ride.  Pegg made the film for me, his character and the comedy he brought gave an extra layer to a film that might have felt too James Bond/Jason Bourne otherwise.  

Trivia:  Cruise and Pegg performed all their own driving stunts and Cruise did not use a stunt double or special effects for the 90 second plane sequence.  It took 10 days to film, at times he really was suspended from the Airbus A400M 5000ft (1.5km) in the air, so it is no surprise that he was injured 6 times in filming.  The Syndicate organisation was the original evil antagonist in the 1966 TV series,   Jeremy Renner has one more movie left on his contract and the film was completed at 2:00AM on July 18, 2015, less than two weeks before its release date.

Tagline: Desperate times.  Desperate measures.                                                                7.5/10

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Robert Elswit and Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

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