Friday, July 31, 2015

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

FILM REVIEW
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation ½
Opens 30th July in Australia. Other countries: CLICK HERE

I enjoyed this film so much and was so blown away by the stunts (which are real), I'm giving the review a separate page so you can see the clips on the stunts. I actually thought the scene where he hangs from the side of a plane was CGI. Turns out it was real and it was Tom and it's him in the car and motorbike chase scenes. The guy is incredible with stunts.
   Tom Cruise was recently on Jimmy Fallon doing a lip-synch battle which was brilliant, too. So this is here as well. I know a lot of people like to hate Tom Cruise and don't go see his movies because of that reason. However, they are missing out. Last year's Edge of Tomorrow was one of my favorite films and still is. And this year's Mission Impossible is one of the best action films you will see. Tom says that he just wants to entertain people, and he certainly does that.



My thoughts
   #5 in the Mission Impossible franchise that began in 1996 (19 years ago, can you believe?) has arrived. Are we tired of Tom Cruise playing Ethan Hunt the super spy yet? Not me. Not if they keep writing scripts as good as this and pulling off thrilling action sequences like they have in Rogue Nation and the previous Ghost Protocol. This film keeps you so far on the edge of your seat that you are at risk of falling on the floor.
   Director Christopher McQuarrie who also wrote the script has an assured hand with the action and fight sequences. He also wrote last year’s Tom Cruise time-repeat thriller Edge of Tomorrow (one of my favorites) and the extraordinarily clever Usual Suspects. This talented writer knows how to weave suspense and thrills and make the incredible look, at the least, credible. He’s cut all dull dialogue and left us with enough humor to play against the outrageous stunts and seemingly impossible chase and heist scenes. It’s a touch long at 131 minutes, but they were clearly having fun. And so do we. 
   Relative newcomer to the big screen Rebecca Ferguson is a fabulous female spy (akin to a modern day Emma Peel of the original British TV show Avengers). She’s breathtaking and is as physical on screen as Tom Cruise. The other usual suspects are there. Simon Pegg reprising his role as computer geek Benji, a great comedic foil; Jeremy Renner as Brandt the head of now embattled IMF defending his team and department against head of CIA Alec Baldwin who doesn’t believe the department is necessary, and Vhing Rhames as Luther, tech genius, whose been there since the beginning.
   This film won’t win any Oscars, but I score it high because it delivers exactly what it promises, full-on action entertainment. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is what we go to the cinema to enjoy: action, adventure and star power at its best. Tom Cruise may have lessened himself in some people’s eyes from his couch jumping some ten years ago, his promotion of Scientology, and his misguided arguments around post partum depression. He is still, though, at 53, arguably the greatest action star alive and a pleasure to watch on screen. My advice is to accept this assignment and go see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation before it leaves the big screen. IMAX if you can. Rogue Nation is why I love films.

Film Blurb 
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.


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