Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

It’s unusual for a sequel to be better than the original, but even more so is for a fifth instalment to be the best in the franchise. Tom Cruise, battling international threats since 1996 has now, at the age of 53 made another action-filled flick starring as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, and guess what! It’s hilarious! But in the best way possible, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to embrace the Mission: Impossible series for what it is and what it has evolved to be – a feast of unique MI-styled extreme tension, edgy action choreography, finely placed slices of comedy and finally, the twists that take your breath away.

Ethan Hunt, facing a new threat of highly skilled shadow operatives known as the Syndicate must gather his now disbanded IMF team. Joining forces with British disavowed agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), they must hunt down the leader of the Syndicate. However Ethan soon finds the matter escalating onto a new height when he himself becomes the target of CIA as a rogue agent … no extractions, no backups, five agents must now travel to four distinct countries to accomplish the impossible.

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A refreshingly classic film, Rogue Nation delivers completely what we would expect from such a genre and dispenses what we never could anticipate. Though Cruise may have aged, through this instalment we see that the series is clearly still surging with youth and devoid of genre fatigue. And while Cruise acts as the tent pole, newcomer Ilsa Faust portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) is able to bring the feminine touch and veteran helper/partner Benji Dunn supplements the well executed jokes as first-class comedian Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) shows off his masterful performing skills.

To sum up, amazing stuntsmenships including Tom Cruise hovering outside an Airbus A400M 5000 feet in the air with no double or special effects, admirably shocking twists that fuel the passion of audiences in the 2nd and 3rd act, excellent cinematography portraying grand sceneries, chases and thrilling actions make up the majority of this stunning ride, while some sprinkles of laughter to keep you balanced in the midst of the adrenaline filled exhilaration, Rogue Nation is arguably the most well-made summer blockbuster (Winter for us) right now.

-Henry Pan
An overzealous film critic wannabe, Henry Pan makes a trip down cinema lane once a week, in order to decrease his ever-increasing massive watch list.

In theaters Australia-wide. Screening times available here.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
ACB Rating: M
Run Time: 131 min