Movie Review: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” – Entertaining

Written by Caitlin Cooper September 02, 2015

mission impossible: rogue nation

The first “Mission: Impossible” was released in the 90s. Quite a few years later, sequels are still being made. This film franchise has to be one of the longest lasting action/spy film series’, and there’s no end in sight. Spy films will always be popular, and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is the latest spy film to grace the big screen and keep pulling in audiences even though it’s been in theaters for a month. And like most film of that genre, the draw for this movie is the action, comedy, and the delight in seeing a bad guy be stopped.

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” begins with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) helping the IMF on a mission despite being largely viewed as a rogue agent. His friends who are still working for the IMF are questioned daily about their loyalties to their country, but secretly they are still protecting Ethan. But when faced with an impossible mission, Ethan and his team must reunite to bring down the Syndicate, an organization of rogue agents who faked their deaths and went off the grid. The organization is intent on destroying the IMF and making huge political changes in the world. But they’ve underestimated Ethan and his team.

“Join the IMF and see the world. On a screen. From a closet.”

The plot of this film involves travel, fights, daring break-ins, dangerous escapes, and more. It also highlights loyalty and friendship. Benji (Simon Pegg), Ethan’s friend and co-worker, is annoyed at being watched like a hawk and being stuck at a desk when he was trained for the excitement of being in the field. He jumps on the chance to go abroad and help Ethan save the IMF and the world from the rogue organization. Of course, he winds up in trouble, but that’s another person for Ethan to save. Ethan is impulsive and determined, and his daring is what helps him save the day again and again. It also helps him save the British agent, Isla (Rebecca Ferguson), from being killed while she’s undercover to retrieve information. Unbeknownst to her, she’s being betrayed by her own government. All together, they work to end the rogue group. The plot allows for Ethan to prove his skill and his worth as an agent, and that the IMF is a necessary government organization. The plot’s a little tired, in some ways, but the action is non-stop and intense. There’s also a healthy dose of comedy to balance the script.

mission impossible: rogue nation

You might be asking yourself why “Mission: Impossible” sequels keep being made, if the general plot is still the same: no one trusts Ethan Hunt, but he saves the day anyway (let’s not forget he always meets a woman who he has some chemistry with). Is there any need to keep telling his tale? Not really. But will that stop sequels from still being made, and audiences going to see them? Probably not. One thing remains true for all of the “Mission: Impossible” films, and “Rogue Nation” is no different: they’re all still mighty entertaining despite essentially recycling the base issue Ethan faces.

“Desperate times, desperate measures.”

Likely another reason why “Mission: Impossible” has staying power is because it keeps bringing in talented actors. Tom Cruise is actually a talented actor in these films. And he can do comedy surprisingly well. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s so dedicated to the films that he insists on doing his own stunts. Adding actors such as Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner was a smart move. Both allow for more comedy – especially Pegg – and they also ground the story a bit more because Ethan has people who support him, but also people he has to protect. Rebecca Ferguson is the latest to join the cast, and she adds action and surprising vulnerability to the film as an undercover agent who’s in extreme danger.

mission impossible: rogue nation

If you’re looking for a fresh addition to the spy film genre, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” isn’t exactly unique. It does recycle the same trope that Ethan Hunt isn’t to be trusted. However, the comedy and action are highly entertaining, and the film doesn’t take itself too seriously (though it’s more serious than this summer’s other spy film, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”). The cast is also has a perfect balance of comedians and action stars. A sequel has already been announced, and you can bet audiences will flock to the theater see it, too.

My Rating: 7/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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