Let me start off by saying Tom Cruise still has it. The man is nothing short of a thrill seeker and an adrenaline junkie but then again this is to be expected from a man who hung from the world’s tallest building. Once again, he delivers with the promise of some extreme sequences that will leave everyone on the edge of their seats. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is another globetrotting adventure that leaves its mark on Ethan Hunt and his team as they attempt to navigate a world filled with mistrust and uncertainty. The opening sequence is unexpected and really sets the tone for the insanity of the entire film. Simon Pegg is still on point as the comic relief with great retorts as is the rest of the returning cast though they aren’t as heavily featured as before. Rebecca Ferguson is a great addition and holds her own especially in one scene nearing the end. The villain played by Sean Harris is pretty stereotypical and feels like a Bond villain, who can come across as out of place but is nevertheless unsettling and fun to watch pitted against Ethan. There are a lot of things you could nitpick about this movie but ultimately it is an entertaining ride. I saw it earlier this week in IMAX with a packed theater and that made the whole experience much more enjoyable.
The action sequences are plentiful in this movie and are sprinkled throughout. I should warn you that the plane stunt heavily promoted in the trailers doesn’t really go beyond what you’ve already seen but I can guarantee it will still make you squirm in your seat. It doesn’t really matter because there’s more than enough in this film to keep you satiated. The underwater sequence deserves special mention because there’s a moment when everyone in the theater let out an audible gasp. We’re all well aware that Ethan will likely survive any absurd scenario that plagues him but it’s still tense in the moment. There is also a brutal knife fight following a shootout at night in London, a suspenseful incident at an opera in Vienna and a motorcycle chase at breakneck speed through the streets of Morocco.
Tom Cruise is a great actor as movies like Jerry Maguire, Collateral and Rain Man have demonstrated but the Mission: Impossible films has shown off his incredible physical prowess like no other. Knowing that nearly every action sequence is shot practically, featuring him and not a stunt double makes the experience all the more enthralling. Whether Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is the definitive movie in the series is hard for me to say but you should absolutely check it out to decide for yourself.