Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  • Directing9.5
  • Writing7.5
  • Acting8.5

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a globe-trotting adventure, with Cruise and company continuing to thrill and entertain, while director Christopher McQuarrie brings his sharp eye for shooting crazy action and practical stunts that will surely amaze.


Tom Cruise and company are back in the fifth Mission: Impossible installment, titled Rogue Nation, with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie at the helm. If anything — Rogue Nation proves that there are many miles left in this age-old franchise that keeps topping itself with each new entry. Rogue Nation brings the action to the next level (and the stunts too) as IMF agent Ethan Hunt takes on his most impossible mission yet.

The opening minutes of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reassures you that you’re in great hands as Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie shoots one of the best-filmed action sequences of the summer, with a tag team fight that’s well choreographed and cut just right.

Oh wait a second — that’s the second scene! The first one features Tom Cruise strapped to the side of plane in what can be described as his largest and most insane stunt yet, which has been featured all over the trailers and posters for the film.

See, I almost forgot all about that impressive sequence, because Christopher McQuarrie jam-packs Rogue Nation with this kind of excitement around almost every corner.

His last team-up with Cruise will go down as an under-rated bad ass action flick (read my review here), but luckily for us the two have re-teamed again and this time for something with a bigger budget and an already well-established cast, including the return of Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner as Ethan’s go-to men and a brief appearance by Alec Baldwin as the “new guy” until the eventual sequel hits.

The film also gives actress Rebecca Ferguson a chance to shine on her own, featured in almost the same amount of action as leading man Tom Cruise. Cruise shows no sign of fatigue or slowing down in the fifth stunt-heavy M: I film that he clearly enjoyed creating as much as we enjoy watching.

The Mission: Impossible films seem to top themselves with each new entry, because I found myself enjoying Rogue Nation just as much, if not more than my series favorite Ghost Protocol.

I’m sure a second viewing in an IMAX will clear that theory up for me, because Rogue Nation has quite a few large sequences that will look absolutely breath-taking on an IMAX screen.

Rogue Nation‘s plot is a touch on the sillier side, with Ethan and his team getting exiled from the IMF (again?) having to prove not only their innocence, but their importance yet again.

I feel like this is one thread to the story that’s sort of getting old, especially after Ethan basically stops the world from blowing up time and time again. I mean seriously, how many times does this guy need to kill all of the bad guys in the world to prove that he’s a necessary asset to all of mankind? The IMF cannot ever go away, which is why they keep making these sequels.

If you can climb over that boring and distracting side note then you’re in for a real treat, because Rogue Nation is not only the most action-packed M: I film yet, but it’s also the best to be constructed, with McQuarrie’s sharp eye adding an entire new level of detail to the franchise.

McQuarrie’s ability to shoot fluid and lightning fast action while blazing through various set pieces is monumental and a rare talent that most filmmakers don’t have.

Somehow he manages to keep the action feeling different, yet consistent, with fight sequences that feel like they could actually happen with the proper amount of training.

And when McQuarrie isn’t focused on action he’s consumed by his skill at shooting such exotic locations with a set of eyes that never feel tired. Each location comes with a fresh batch of camera positions that cling onto darkness and shadows and yet move so freely throughout the alleyways and corridors.

It’s McQuarrie’s incredible amount of detail brought to Rogue Nation that makes it stand out when compared to the others. This is definitely the largest M: I film yet, with McQuarrie setting the bar rather high for anyone who dares to come in and make us the next one.

And there’s definitely going to be a next one, because this series clearly gets better with age. Cruise may be getting up there, but he continues to shock and awe with his balanced commitment to not just the stunts, but also the character of Ethan.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is one of this summer’s biggest bright spots, reminding us that there’s plenty of fun to be had in this franchise. Tom Cruise is one of Hollywood’s last bankable action stars, while director Christopher McQuarrie delivers the most electrifying Mission: Impossible yet.

This is one mission that you won’t want to miss out on this summer — should you choose to accept.

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