Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate--highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit. Christopher McQuarrie directs this new entry in the Mission Impossible franchise, with Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, and Simon Pegg co-staring. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2015
Rated PG-13 Sequences of Action & Violence and Brief Partial Nudity
Runtime: 2 hr. 11 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Family
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is probably the best action film of the summer. It’s one of the most well round action films in recent memory. Christopher McQuarrie ably directs set piece after set piece each larger and more extravagant than the last. It’s quite a feat when the big set piece that’s been playing on all the trailers is just the start of the film. At its center is Tom Cruise. I constantly have to remind myself that Cruise is 53 years old because he’s just so impressive in his action films. Say what you will about his personal life but the man makes for a perfect movie star in everyway imaginable. He’s at his best here hitting all the right beats and even throwing in some comedic bits here and there. The supporting cast is strong if under utilized. Rebecca Ferguson makes for a surprisingly believable agent. She’s able to go toe to toe with Cruise in the action department and her and Cruise have a solid rapport together. Simon Pegg and Cruise have great chemistry together with Pegg nailing the comic relief portion of the film. . Jeremy Renner gets the short end of the stick though as he’s sidelined for the better part of the film. Renner has a substantial role but it’s really just lots of standing around looking at screens or talking to people on the phone. His action sequences are zero in this entry. Ving Rhames is pretty much in the same boat but to a lesser extent. The plot is a tad convoluted but never really that important to the proceedings since they made Sean Harris looks about as nefarious as humanly possible with the only thing missing being a shot of him punching kittens. The film is a lot of fun all around but it could have been trimmed by a good ten or fifteen minutes at the very least.