Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (2015)

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the fifth installment to the franchise. Ethan finds himself closer to revealing the identity of the Syndicate, a lethal and rogue entity which has been running essentially in the shadows of central intelligence. When CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) successfully dismantles the IMF, Hunt is left on the run from his own government.

The opening sequence and most talked about scene consists of Hunt hanging on to dear life on the side of an Airbus. Cruise, ever the daredevil, did not use a stunt double and really was on the side of an actual airplane as it was taking off (albeit with the aid of a single harness; although the danger existing in that he could have been killed if he was hit by a passing bird). The thrilling sequence doesn’t last long and before we know it Ethan is thrown into another precarious situation.

Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Faust) plays the role of the Bond girl, but with just as much gusto and skill as her main costar. Simon Pegg provides the laughs as Benji Dunn, the tech-guy. Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) round-out the small group that basically is on a mission to save the world against a nefarious villain, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris).

Aside from the airplane scene, which I felt was a bit of a letdown; the movie is filled with action-packed sequences. The overall plot is a bit far-fetched (but aren’t they all?) and in many respects dampens the flow of the movie. So much goes on in the first hour that I couldn’t believe that the movie wasn’t even halfway done when I checked my watch.

Baldwin’s character is a trite representation of every boss who doesn’t believe the main character only to be proved ridiculously wrong in the end. Rhames was underutilized and Pegg didn’t have the same comic punch I would normally expect from him in these types of roles. Nevertheless, some of the scenes in this movie more than make up for these less-important specifics.

The underwater shots as well as the scenes at the opera house were stellar, despite their somewhat unbelievable nature. Did I mention this all happens in the first 60 minutes of the movie? Furthermore, Ferguson shines as a newcomer who is on the precipice of stardom. I bought her character along with her mysterious charm. The final scenes between Lane and Hunt were anti-climatic. The ending was a bit too perfect for my taste. By the way on a different topic, whatever happened to Ethan’s wife, Julia (Michelle Monoghan)? She isn’t mentioned at all in this sequel.

While I enjoyed the 4th movie, Ghost Protocol, a bit more this is still a good movie. I recommend you watch this in theaters. I watched it in IMAX and didn’t think it was really worth it to watch it in that format. In the end, Tom Cruise proves that he’s still got it.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity)

Running Time: 131 minutes

My Grade: B

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