MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-Rogue Nation Movie Review by The Commander


3-1/2 (out of 4 stars)


When they announced Mission Impossible 5, I was kind of like:  ‘Ho-hum… Oh no, here comes another Tom Cruise sequel.’  I like Tom and his earlier films, like we all did, such as Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and… you know the rest, but a lot of his movies weren't very good and let's not discuss Jack Reacher because if any movie was a stretch for him filling the character, this was the one.

I thought Edge of Tomorrow was a great film because I got to watch Tom die over and over and over again (my dream come true).  In fact, he died so many times in that movie, I had had enough of him dying.  So when IM-5 came out I figured it was just going to be another:  “Hey, I’m Tom Cruise—this is all about me, I'm 53 years old, I have a young man’s body, can still do all my own stunts, take on bad guys and perform physical work that no man my age can match.”

Since this is Mission Impossible, which is an action-based film, it normally lends itself to be a popcorn movie.  I love popcorn movies, maybe not so much for the movie, but definitely for the popcorn.  That way, if the movie is bad, you still got great popcorn.

Well, I can tell you, I was thoroughly surprised at this new version of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.  This is the first one in the series where the action does not evolve around Tom Cruise.  The female lead, Ilsa, (played by Rebecca Ferguson) is the center of the film and she puts in a tremendous performance.  You don’t know if she’s a good, bad or… no you don’t!  You’re not going to trick me into giving away the plot of the movie.  Nice try, but it ain’t gonna work.  The new villain played by Sean Harris is the scary, silent type.  His evil presence really penetrates towards the audience.

First off, this film involves suspense and intrigue, and second are the spectacular stunts and chase scenes.  You never knew which way the story was going.  This is a tribute to writer/director Christopher McQuarie (The Usual Suspects).

The plot is very intricate, but the general idea is that Congress has decided to eliminate the IMF (by the way, did you know that the IMF only consisted of four people?  It was 5, but Jane, Paula Patton, took another job.  I thought it was a much bigger organization), and these last four renegades have to fight off a dastardly plot to take over the world (what else would they be doing?).  So our remaining four IMF agents work together to defeat the bad guys, hide from the good guys, and not kill innocent bystanders in the process.  That’s a very, very over simplified explanation of the plot, but it’s very intriguing right up to the end of the film.  This movie could have been filmed in 3D, but the decision not to didn’t diminish the film at all.

I absolutely love this film. In fact, my friends and I couldn't stop talking about it until hours after we left the theater and onto the next morning at breakfast.  You, too, will love this film, because unlike the previous versions, this takes a whole new look at the spy game. So get up, get out, and get to the movies.  Make sure you get that free refill of popcorn prior to taking your seat, because you're going to go through every bit of it.