Mission: Impossible

Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation received enthusiastic reviews and the film delivered more than trailers let on. In this sequel, the disbanded IMF has been replaced with the Syndicate, which is out to create a new world order with terrorist attacks. Ethan and his team form a rogue nation and plunge into a most impossible mission.

Tom Cruise’s well known spy character, Ethan Hunt, is what Richard Roeper characterized as James Bond with a touch of Bourne. Hunt flirts with death, but does it in style. He carries the most advanced gadgets, like a digital multi key lock picker,  swims underwater longer than anyone can, and has driving skill that James Bond would envy. Hunt does all this while exchanging smoldering glances with Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, (a double agent who might be working for the good guys after all), which makes any romance between the two that much more dicey.

Alec Baldwin, as the CIA director Alan Hunley, carries his role with the dramatic weight one would expect, but only in a few scenes. Jeremy Renner, as William Brandt and Ving Rhames, as Luther Stickell are Hunt’s loyal allies.

One of the best spectacles in the film was the scene back stage at the Vienna Opera. The drama and music on the stage crescendo drama and suspense, while agents fight and swing through the air on the riggings above.

The movie is a fast paced action film that picks up from the beginning and carries to the end. Though the drama doesn’t linger in one place long enough to develop complicated characters; it does keep the pace, building up several dangerous situations, in which Hunt and his adversaries remain secure in their stealth skill and experience — with a smart crack or two.

If you want an entertaining film that lives up to previous Mission: Impossible sequels, you might like this one, too.

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