Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Movie:  Mission Impossible:  Rogue Nation

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Some very bad people in a cargo plane are starting to taxi down a runway in Minsk, Belarus, with a load of deadly nerve gas on board.  If they get airborne, there is no telling what mayhem will be unleased on an unsuspecting population, but there is no stopping them now.  But wait!  We see Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) sprinting after the plane and grabbing onto the fuselage just as the plane takes off!  What was Hunt thinking?  Can he do anything about the nerve gas, and how is he going to survive this reckless act of bravado?

Meanwhile, in the sterile but cutthroat world of Washington D.C. bureaucracy, CIA Director Alan Hurley (Alec Baldwin) is making a case for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) to be disbanded.  Despite defender William Brandt’s (Jeremy Renner) best efforts, the IMF is officially shut down and team leader Ethan Hunt is officially sanctioned and becomes a fugitive from the U.S. Government.  After six months on the run from a worldwide search, Hunt manages to summon Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) to Vienna, where they encounter a mysterious agent, the beautiful Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).  While Faust’s intentions remain unknown, they all are seeking the dangerous head of a criminal organization known as the Syndicate, and its diabolical leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris).  Unless Hunt and his renegade band of IMF operatives can somehow foil the shadowy and ultra-powerful Syndicate, violence and chaos will be the order of the day around the world.

This film is jam packed with insane stunts that will amaze and thrill the audience from the opening scene to the end of the movie.  Tom Cruise at 53 years old is still able to perform all these stunts himself (there’s gotta be a billion dollar insurance policy on the guy).  Ethan Hunt is the closest thing America has to James Bond, and dammit, that’s a good thing!  All of the supporting characters have game, and the pace of the movie careens from one locale to the next at breakneck speed.  The plot might not hold up to the harshest scrutiny, but no one will care.  It’s just a very satisfying rollercoaster thrill ride you will be glad to take.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Hunt – “Can you open the door?”  “That’s the wrong door!”

Hunt – “You were officially declared dead two years ago.  Nice shoes, by the way.”

Brandt – “This may very well be our last mission, Ethan.  Make it count.”

Hurley – “Ethan Hunt is living his last days as a free man!”

Dunn – “I didn’t win those free opera tickets, did I?”  Hunt – “I’m afraid not.”

Dunn – “She tried to shoot me!”  Hunt – “That doesn’t make her a bad person.”

Dunn to Hunt – “Are you okay to drive?  A minute ago you were dead!  This is not going to end well.”

Ilsa Faust – “I’ve saved your life twice.  I won’t be able to do it again.”

Huh?  What the….:  There is a scene where a person is trapped in a small bullet-proof area and fires multiple bullets inside.  Hello?  There is something called ricochets!  Ouch!

Existential Thought – This is the fifth Mission Impossible movie.  Just who is the Secretary, and why is he willing to disavow the IMF team if they are caught or killed?  Who would want to work for him?



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