|MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (director/writer: Christopher McQuarrie; screenwriter: based on a story by Drew Pearce; cinematographer: Robert Elswit; editor: Eddie Hamilton; music: Joe Kraemer; cast: Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt), Jeremy Renner (William Brandt), Simon Pegg (Benji), Rebecca Ferguson (Ilsa Faust), Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell), Sean Harris (Solomon Lane), Alec Baldwin (Alan Hunley), Simon McBurney (Atlee), Tom Hollander (Prime Minister), Zhang Jingchu (Lauren), Jens Hulten (Janik Vinter); Runtime: 131; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: J. J. Abrams/Bryan Burk/David Ellison/Dana Goldberg/Don Granger/Tom Cruise; Paramount Pictures; 2015)|
baloney, but the disposable film fills
a summertime need for breezy entertainment."
by Dennis Schwartz
is the 53-year-old Tom Cruise's fifth time starring
in the popular Mission Impossible franchise series
and once again providing the main thrills with his
daring physical action performance. IMF was lifted
from the CBS series Mission:
Director-writer Christopher McQuarrie ("Jack
Reacher"/"The Way of the Gun") operates with an
engrossing spy mystery plot, a formulaic presentation
with satisfactory twists, the usual motorcycle chases,
deceptions, disguises, outstanding production values
and many decent set-pieces. It's based on the story by
on we learn that the covert IMF, headed by the analyst
Brandt (Jeremy Renner), chief
field operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), techie maven
Benji (Simon Pegg) and tracker agent Luther (Ving
Rhames), have been shut down by the surly
CIA head, Hunley (Alec Baldwin), not convinced the
group they are targeting as terrorists actually exist.
They are now forced to be under his supervision. Ethan
goes rogue, and Brandt and Benji are forced to work
for the CIA in tracking down their pal Ethan.
opening scene, in a Minsk field, has Ethan (doing his
own stunt) leap onto the wing of an A400
military transport plane to unload nerve gas
missiles being transported by a Chechen separatist
terrorist group. It results in Ethan captured in
London by a stealth international terrorist group
known as The Syndicate, headed by the sinister genius
Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Ethan
is severely beaten by the nicknamed Dr. Bones (Jens
Hulten) and is slated to be executed
when he gets unexpected help from one of his captors,
Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson, Swedish
actress), who may not be working for the
Syndicate as first thought, and escapes.
pic's signature set piece takes place in Morocco. It's
up to Ethan to recover a top-secret computer chip in
the heavily guarded and secure Taurus underwater
chamber, where our man must hold his breath for three
minutes. When he runs into difficulty, the plucky Ilsa
again saves him, but steals the invaluable chip. When
Ilsa is tracked down in London, the IMF team scheme to
put an end to the Syndicate, recover the chip and save
the life of the threatened English Prime Minister.
It's all baloney, but the disposable film fills a summertime need for breezy entertainment. This commercial spy film will never be thought of as anything more than a time filler, but it came out reasonably well since most such blockbuster action genre films are not even watchable.
REVIEWED ON 7/31/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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