Ethan and his 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 Impossible Missions Force.
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A sinuous series of set-pieces that never bogs down in exposition. Tom Cruise gets stranger and more robotic each year, but the Mission: Impossible series keeps improving. I was particularly impressed with the assassination games during the opera, a complex minuet of overlapping POVs that provides one of the many tense standoffs between Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson… Ferguson slinks away with the movie, her lithe athleticism perfect for the film’s clockwork mechanisms.
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie settles on an aesthetic that fits in somewhere between the workmanlike anonymity of J.J. Abrams’s Mission: Impossible III and the graceful comic precision of Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. McQuarrie is a wittier, more volatile director than Abrams, and though he lacks Bird’s formal ingenuity, he brings a certain rough-hewn panache to the proceedings.
Comic relief is everywhere, an aspect of franchise engineering where McQuarrie seems to have gone with the flow. Nothing in Rogue Nation feels as abject as the bit in Ghost Protocol when Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg disguised themselves as a corridor, but the jokes are still a drag.
A toast to Cruise's Hunt, who's alive 20 years later and has seen 2 Bonds, all of Bourne, and the beginning, end, return, and spinoff of 24. In M:I:5, Rebecca Ferguson changes everything for the franchise. Her presence and motivations act as a real counterpoint to Hunt's one-man-show. Paired with now mainstays Pegg, Renner, and Rhames, the film ends with a statement of reinvention of the series: Meet the IMF. Plural.
Christopher McQuarrie has long-proven himself a demonically clever screenwriter. Here his sophistication is deployed in the direction of knowing (knowingly) that he has to deliver something silly. Well, he overreaches. As a director? The word "workmanlike" was practically invented for this sort of thing. I will say: not many directors are comfortable allowing Tom Cruise to look like this big of an imbecile.
Tom Cruise's real skill has always been in producing - he knows how to pick a crowd-pleaser, and skillfully casts exactly who he wants to work with. This is fine popcorn fare, but I wonder how successfully it would have carried without Rebecca Ferguson, the hands-down star of the film, who smoulders across the screen like Ingrid Bergman and Katherine Hepburn.
The best one yet. Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise. McQuarrie's script is solid and his direction is ace. The supporting cast is great and Rebecca Ferguson is fine as hell, both as an actress and in looks. The best action film of the summer aside from Mad Max, which it is similar to in its eschewing of the standard obligatory romance that are shoehorned in action films. Kind of revolutionary in a way, at least for Hollywood.
Once again Cruise delivers the goods! From frame one both Cruise and McQuarrie ups the ante on the previous movies but wisely they stay away from over doing the action and steer towards the tone in the first M:I movie. Suspense and mystery comes to fore after all the shooting and chasing making this installment have the most satisfying ending in the series since the maiden voyage back in -96. Bring on part 6!!!
It seems impossible but this franchensing is, beyond the "Aliens", what more consistently appeared in the manufacturing system of special effects made in Hollywood. Like the previous one, directed by Brad Bird, the geographical spaces merge with its computerized inventory to produce a consistent synthesis of editing and scriptwriting. Just returned from Vienna, it's good to revisit it as i could not have seen it.
Whenever I see him in an action film like this, I picture him training for each stunt. The movie becomes a series of well executed stunts with a little dialogue thrown in. The whole revenge thing at the end was a little much. If you liked the TV show it was about teamwork. This is pretty much a one man show with assistants. Tom is not a team player.
No artistic value at all but I enjoyed seeing it at my local theatre and I certainly will have the same pleasure watching it again on DVD. You simply have to watch such movies from time to time because to see ten masterpieces in a row is generally tiring. Recommended.