Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation just so happens to be Tom's Cruisiest movie yet. It's exactly what a Summer Blockbuster should be - a high-octane, exhilarating rush at monster speed. And this popcorn flick doesn't let up either. Sure, there are a few "no-they-didn't" unrealistic moments (even by M.I. standards), but what a fun and crazy ride regardless.
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents - the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks, headed by the despicable steel-fisted Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet (du-du-duuun). But c'mon, have any of Ethan's missions been impossible...
Cruise and his motley crew of cohorts still have fantastic chemistry together. And although the movie is all about Ethan, I have to give mad props to Ferguson - a Swedish actress not well known in the US. She manages to steal much of the spotlight with her intriguing blend of ambiguity, vulnerability, confidence, danger, and unforced sexuality. She does some serious butt kicking the whole way through!
This movie does a beautiful job keeping you on the edge of your seat with bated breath, and it does a fantastic job keeping you guessing till the very end. It's one terrific thriller that holds some of the best action sequences around. It’s kind of like action poetry. These movies are right up there with Bond and Bourne. My only complaint is I felt it was a tad bit long and drawn out - not as clean and tight as Ghost Protocol or MI:3 - but still a strong and valiant effort. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my movie experience.
What did you love/hate about it?