Wednesday, August 12, 2015


 Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Written by: Christopher McQuarrie, and Drew Pearce

  After "Mission Impossible 3" in 2006 many thought the franchise would end there. However, in 2011 came "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," which seemed to revive the franchise. To no surprise another movie would be on its way in the form of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." Ghost Protocol set the bar high, so could Rogue Nation continue the new found momentum for this franchise?

There's nowhere else to start when talking about Mission Impossible other than with the action. The action made Ghost Protocol, and it does the same for Rogue Nation. There are several fantastic action scenes, starting with a funny one right off the bat. Ethan (Tom Cruise) jumps on a plane, and is hanging on for his life as Benji (Simon Pegg) tries to remotely open the door to the plane.

The action gets much more intense than that. Of course there's a car chase, and it doesn't disappoint. It's a nice high-speed chase involving a bunch of motorcycles, and a smooth BMW. In a scene that's a little different, Ethan has to dive into a sealed chamber with no scuba tank. He only has a few minutes to hold his breath, and accomplish his dangerous mission. That's pretty suspenseful, but nothing like the ending scene.


The ending is all set up by a great story. This mission really does seem impossible until the very end. The Syndicate has a step on Ethan the entire time. It doesn't help that the U.S. government takes aim at Ethan and the team as well. One of the great things about the story is the involvement of Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). The audience continues to wonder whose side she's on, as she plays both sides throughout.

As expected, the acting isn't a problem. Tom does a terrific job, as he seems to have found it very comfortable playing Ethan. Also, he does a great job in the action scenes. Rebecca does a nice job of never giving away her character's intentions. Simon is always welcome with his well-timed humor. Jeremy completes it all with his serious role as William Brandt.

There's no doubt that both Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation are action packed movies. The action has carried the franchise to new heights. In "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," the action just gets bigger, and bigger. Tom has taken the challenge with many of the stunts, and has done an awesome job. It doesn't hurt that a great cast surrounds him. With that said, I give this movie 4 stars!


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