Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)


rogue nation“Join the IMF and see the world. On a screen. From a closet. ” – Benji

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Oct 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must try and stop a rogue organization of ex-spies that are trying to control the world.

My Take on it – What does it say about a franchise when it starts to look too much like another franchise?

This is one of the dilemmas that this movie faces;  the IMF team has started to feel more like a team of 00 agents than the specialized team that we saw in previous movies and TV series’ over the years.

That being said, making it like a Bond film helps it give us exotic locations around the globe; sexy women and of course some nice gadgets, so not all is lost.

The mission itself was good (despite feeling like they are against Quantum or SPECTRE), but the villains themselves felt less competent and in some instances outright comical.

Where are the menacing terrorists that we expect from a film like this?

Regardless of the lack of villainy, this movie has lots of plot twists that help it become quite fun to watch.

I also liked how they brought back numerous agents from previous films because it helped with the feeling of proper continuity.

At 53, I think it may be time for Cruise to hang up his action star status; he isn’t Stallone, Willis or Arnie and it is clearly obvious how he aged in this movie.

Bottom Line – Felt very much like a Bond film which is both a plus and a minus. The mission was a competent one, but the villains felt too much like cardboard cutouts than a league of menacing terrorists determined to take over the world.  Some nice plot twists make this one fun, and it was nice to meet up again with some of the previous agents from past films.  Cruise is getting too old for these kind of roles and it unfortunately shows here.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Wilford Brimley starred in Cocoon (1985), he was younger (51) than Tom Cruise is in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (53). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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5 thoughts on “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

  1. Nice review, Rob! Looking forward to this one very much. Love the whole franchise (except 2, which I found boring). I’ve read that RN’s last act is a bit sloppy and most still prefer Ghost Protocol, which captured the essence and spirit of the 1st stronger than the other sequels, imo. Good work, man!

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  2. I thought one of the reasons that Mission Impossible was still going is because it’s more over the top and incredulous than Bond and Bourne are now. Ethan Hunt is more like Brosnan’s Bond. And if Moore can be Bond when he’s in his 60s, maybe Cruise has at least one more movie (or maybe 2)

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