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Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation
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01.13.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Christopher McQuarrie

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Rebecca Ferguson
Simon Pegg

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ethan Hunt must partner up with a mysterious woman in order to prove the existence of an international shadow criminal organization called the Syndicate.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

It took a few tries to figure out what to do with the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise after Brian De Palma's shiny and twisty original, but somehow this fifth film shows that Tom Cruise and Company are finally hitting their stride—offering the most overall enjoyable, well-made MISSION sequel yet.

Brad Bird's GHOST PROTOCOL had some thrilling moments and amazing set pieces, but didn't have the story or characters (especially a villain) to connect it all. Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie fixes that for the most part with ROGUE NATION, finally offering up a script that feels complete, the right team to back up Ethan Hunt, and a female companion that can keep up with Tom Cruise. In some ways the fifth film feels like a "greatest hits" of the franchise, working in successful aspects of the previous movies—motorcycle chases, complex heists, double crosses, and of course the impossibly convincing masks. McQuarrie is a good enough craftsman to make sure nothing feels recycled and while there's not a sequence as breathtaking as the IMAX-shot Burj Khalifa, there are plenty of memorable set pieces in ROGUE NATION, from an underwater break-in to a game of assassin cat-and-mouse at the Vienna Opera House to an exhilarating cliff-side motorcycle-car chase that makes up for the cartoonish finale in M:I II.

Only one actor could pull off the stunts listed above himself and at 53 years old, Tom Cruise is not just in fine form but has grown to be an unsurpassed action star. In a generation of obvious stuntmen and greenscreen/CGI danger, seeing Cruise take off on the outside of a real airplane in a single, uncut shot is something special and its not the only time in the film that he pushes himself to the limit. As good as Cruise is in ROGUE NATION, Rebecca Ferguson is the true find as Ilsa Faust. Ferguson has a classic beauty and believably tough exterior, standing up to both Cruise and the action scenes with ease. Not to mention, it's nice to have a female character that isn't necessarily pushed solely as the easy love interest. (The news that her character is returning for the sixth film is also welcome.) As for the rest of the team, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames have their moments but are sidelined for the most part, thankfully giving Simon Pegg more to do as Hunt's right hand man and the film's natural comedic element.

There are more things that work well here (I haven't even mentioned the villain, who feels like a real threat and makes up for the lackluster bad guy in GHOST PROTOCOL), but with the spectacle and success, this is one mission you should see for yourself.

THE EXTRAS

The Blu Ray comes with a DVD and Digital Copy. The commentary with director and star is easily the best part of the disc, with just average bonus material rounding it out.

Commentary by Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie: The two clearly are great collaborators and their chemistry comes off well here, providing tons of useful, interesting information. It's a relaxed track and enjoyable to listen to and you really get a sense of how these two work together and why their films work so well. Highly recommended.

Lighting the Fuse (5:57): This focuses on director McQuarrie and his approach to the film from conception through execution. His focus on the important parts of the series shows why the film is so successful.

Cruise Control (6:34): As you could guess by the title, this one takes a look at Cruise and his work behind the scenes as a producer and star. His love for the series and commitment to making each entry as good as it can be is palpable.

Heroes (8:05): A quick overview of the supporting cast, including Ferguson and the roles they play in the film. Skippable.

Cruising Altitude (8:23): A featurette focusing on the opening plane stunt. It's predictable as a special feature but still amazing to watch Cruise actually do it.

Mission: Immersible (6:45): This one centers on the underwater break-in sequence and the crazy amount of prep that went in to it (i.e. Cruise learning to hold his breath an insane amount of time).

Sand Theft Auto (5:35): Learn more about ROGUE NATION's car-motorcycle chases and what goes in to pulling off such a sequence. Nothing you haven't seen before.

The Missions Continue (7:08): The cast and crew talk about the franchise and making it to the fifth installment (and beyond?).

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

How is it that five movies in, the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series is actually getting better? ROGUE NATION features Cruise and Co. at the top of their game with a tight script by Chris McQuarrie and excitement and intrigue in spades. Don't miss it.

Extra Tidbit: Holy cow. Tom Cruise is only five years younger than Jon Voight was in the first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film.

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