“Join the IMF. See the World. From a monitor. In a cupboard.” – Benji Dunn
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Run Time: 131 mins
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Staring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Featuring an all-star cast of action film veterans, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation looks good on paper but how does it fare on screen?
Opening with an action packed first scene, that sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) desperately holding onto an A400m Airbus for dear life while Benji (Simon Pegg) frantically attempts to open the plane’s doors, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation really starts as it means to go on. And by that I mean as an action packed film filled to the brim with car chases, shootouts and intense close quarters combat.
After a James Bond-like credit opening, we realise that things aren’t as good as they seem. The film opens with Ethan Hunt being hunted on two fronts: by the CIA and the Syndicate, a shadowy criminal organisation. Further, the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) has been disbanded and absorbed by the CIA, due to the repercussions of previous missions. It is up to Hunt to reform the team and stop the Syndicate from reaching its goal of world control through chaos and terrorism before it’s too late.
With assassination attempts in Vienna, car chases through the streets of Casablanca and bomb threats in London, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation hosts a diverse range of set locations as it follows Ethan Hunt’s chase after the Syndicate throughout Europe. This also successfully highlights and emphases the beauty of some of Europe’s greatest cities.
As you would expect from a film that boasts “impossible” stunts, the main focus is on the action and not on the dialogue. Yet this doesn’t lesser the quality of the film. Where Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) fails to shine in conversation, Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn), Jeremy Renner (William Brandt) and Rebecca Ferguson (Ilsa Faust) pick up the pieces. With “dramatic” scenes about friendship, responsibility and teamwork it’s enough to keep the film following from one action scene and lead it into another.
Unfortunately though, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation wasn’t able to escape the clutches of, all too blatant, product placement. With the majority of, if not all, vehicles used by the film being BMWs, I sense it’s not an all too happy coincidence. Similarly the frequent use of windows phones and a scene featuring a bored Benji (Simon Pegg) playing Halo at the office, suggests an obvious product placement by Microsoft. But what can you do? Films need funding and product placement is the way to do it, but at least they could try to be tactful like Dell and only have a brief featuring… but I digress.
It’s hard to pick faults with the film. The cast live up to their reputations and put on a good performance, even with a lacking script, and even though Tom Cruise turned 53 this year, he can still perform death-defying stunts like any other. This combined with such diverse and beautifully chosen set locations make Mission Impossible Rogue Nation one of the films to see this summer, whether you are familiar with the previous films or not.