Movie Review: Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation
Aug 01, 2015 12:47PM
● By Davis Johnson
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
The film opens with IMF agent William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) in communication with field agent Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) wondering where Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is. Benji and Ethan are on assignment to intercept nerve gas stolen by terrorists. The package is being loaded onto a cargo plane and before it takes off, Ethan appears and jumps on the side of the plane. Benji is unable to prevent the plane from taking off and Ethan quickly ascends thousands of feet into the air clutching onto the plane’s door. Benji manages to open the door and allow Ethan to retake the nerve gas and avoid serious injury in the process. Ethan believes the nerve gas was taken by a shadowy organization called the Syndicate that has been responsible for mayhem and civil unrest throughout the world.
Ethan stops in London for his newest assignment where he discovers that the Syndicate has been watching him for some time and sets a trap for him. A mysterious blonde man locks him in a glass box and fills it with a form of knock out gas. Before Ethan blacks out, the Syndicate operative executes an IMF agent. When Ethan comes to, he is in a torture chamber that is controlled by a thought-to-be deceased Syndicate operative Janik “The Bone Doctor" Vinter (Jens Hultén). Ethan manages to escape thanks to the aide of Isla Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a deep cover agent who keeps her true allegiance close to the vest.
Meanwhile, Brandt is trying to defend the actions of the IMF in open court against CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), who wants nothing more than to shutdown the IMF and absorb its resources into the CIA. Hunley is successful and wants to call in Ethan to answer for his actions. Ethan contacts Brandt on what just happened to him, only to learn of the IMF’s dissolution. Not wanting to put his friends in danger, Ethan decides to try and discover the whereabouts of the Syndicate on his own and bring the entire organization down.
Although there is not much verbal communication in this film, that does not mean the dialogue does not have deep and emotional moments. It takes a more quality over quantity approach. You can see that when Benji’s life is in peril and Ethan goes above and beyond in order to save his friend. Rogue Nation script writer, Christopher McQuarrie, did an outstanding job in creating femme fatale Isla Faust. She was seductive, but most importantly she did not need to rely on anyone to get the job done. Rebecca Ferguson perfectly portrayed Isla as she almost stole the show from Tom Cruise at every turn. I’m sure many will want her to reprise her role for any future sequels. Speaking of Tom, he is notorious for doing his own stunts, and that is including hanging off the side of a cargo plane. There was no CGI when he was outside the plane. He was actually harnessed to the plane and buffeted by the high altitudes. Ving Rhames reprised his role as Luther Stickell and provided the comedic relief alongside Jeremy Renner. Simon Pegg was a scene stealer himself as he consistently tried to help the team in any way he could. All in all, Rogue Nation is not a movie that you should miss. Find the time out of your busy schedule and enjoy yourself.