Film #28: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
3.5 out of 5 stars
Ok, full disclosure: I’m a bit of a Tom Cruise fan. I think he always turns in a solid performance and I like a lot of the choices he makes in projects. Ok, so… that said, Christopher McQuarrie (JACK REACHER) writes and directs this taut little entry into the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise featuring a lot of old faces and one or two new ones. The plot is a tight pot-boiler in which our favorite team of IMF daredevils are disbanded and cast to the wind. Luckily for them, there is a rather convoluted bit of scripting about a “Syndicate” that will, what else? Destroy the world. Cruise and his cohorts immediately jump into the action (some of which feature some jaw-dropping stunts) with both feet. Acting is universally solid. The fighting, while rushed in places, is all fun to watch and effective. My only complaint with ROGUE NATION is its overall run-time. There is literally no reason this thing needed to be over two hours in length. Still… there’s enough going on on-screen to keep you from checking your watch (ALWAYS a bad sign). Fun, exciting, and well-made, ROGUE NATION is a solid entry into the franchise and one that comes recommended.