MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation’

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The Mission Impossible franchise is back with it’s fifth installment, Rogue Nation. After the most recent film in the series – Ghost Nation – was met with solid appraisal, coming back with another was necessary, apparently.

The IMF has now disbanded, making Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) a rogue agent. The Syndicate pops up and is a highly dangerous terrorist network. Ethan, with his old team and a possible new member, Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), attempt to take down the Syndicate.

I want to point out something: I went into the film expecting disappointment. I have never been a big fan of action films, and usually their story (which is something that is important in a film to me) are never very good. On top of that, I have never seen a Mission Impossible movie, so I had no expectations in that area either.

So was I disappointed? Not at all.

Ethan throws himself in front of danger with no fear, which is all the more amazing if he is considered the same age as Cruise. He jumps on a plane that’s taking off, almost drowns and flips a car.

Ilsa Faust is a very good addition to the group, with her skill and sexiness being shown off in every scene.

The film makes the Syndicate look terrifying. The way Lane (Sean Harris) speaks, which is a weird but scary, quiet and high-pitched tone, and all of its members being presumed dead but highly skilled makes that claim true.

It is definitely filled with action, with a lot of fight scenes and a few explosions. Literally, within the first ten minutes, Ethan is in some sort of prison, beating up some Syndicate members.

However, everyone seems like they actually get hurt by the things that happen to them. Sure, within the next few scenes (which are usually spaced apart), they seem fine, but in the moment they look hurt. Something that really annoyed me in Fast and Furious 7 was that people would be in an explosion or jump out of a fast moving car and can still walk, which makes zero sense.

Now, the one thing that I mentioned before is that the story in a film is important to me. So, does Rogue Nation pass this test?

Yes, yes it does.

It’s a spy thriller, not an action film. The plot is tight and complex, but is still easy to understand. The villain is well developed, without being shown on screen all the time. You can never tell when Faust is on the good side or the bad side, which could have something to do with the acting, but it needs a good writer. While it’s not the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen, it’s still good.

I was surprised. I never expected to come out of the cinema feeling satisfied. Rogue Nation stands well as a standalone film, and just as good as an installment in the Mission Impossible franchise, as it makes me want to go and watch original Mission Impossible films. It’s a compelling watch for everyone.

Give The Flak Rating: Positive, 7/10

-KT

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