DVD Review: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation: Cruisein’ through another impossible mission

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Paramount Pictures

Aiden Gera, Staff Writer

Looking at his performances over the past 19 years, Tom Cruise seems to be invincible as he dodges bullets and maneuvers around any challenge thrown his way. “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is no different. Cruise, the daredevil, draws viewers into watching him fly, flail, and fall into another action-packed “Mission: Impossible” film.

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie, continues the jaw-dropping stunts and intense action from previous “Mission: Impossible” films. As Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise takes on his most impossible mission yet: erasing the Syndicate. The Syndicate is a rogue nation with the drive to destroy Ethan and his associates in the IMF (Impossible Missions Force).
In Ethan’s most difficult situations, he is either saved or ruined by a British agent, Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who Ethan seems to fall for as the story progresses. With the help of his fellow agents and friends, he seems to conquer the impossible.

After an action-packed opening scene that sees Ethan cling to the side of a Russian cargo plane, the IMF quickly starts to fall apart. The U.S. government becomes sick of Ethan and his activities, and called their retirement. The IMF is retired, but Ethan doesn’t let that stop his drive to find and ruin the Syndicate. As if it wasn’t hard enough to live in Europe in search for some unknown evil agency, he is also hiding from the U.S. government.

Being saved multiple times by Faust, Ethan has to make the decision to trust the British operative while finding his way to the head dog of the Syndicate, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Clearing his name with the U.S. government is difficult, but having to deal with an evil organization makes the mission all the more impossible.

Released 19 years ago, the first “Mission: Impossible” movie stunned crowds and created the future of a $2 billion dollar movie franchise full of daring stunts and prodigious special effects. While past “Mission: Impossible” movies never slowed down and kept the action alive, “Rogue Nation” goes into a serious state by changing the mood of the plot. As this movie changes direction and takes a turn on mood avenue, it takes the story in a direction, which benefits the overall feel of the movie, from an action-packed start with fights and stunts to a more dramatic part, changing the plot.

The nostalgia returns with a familiar theme song scene of previous “Mission: Impossible” films, proving McQuarrie knew just how to keep this series alive by putting the crowd on the edge of its seats and leaving viewers wanting to see more. Smooth sailing or rough waters? After nineteen years and five “Mission: Impossible” films, Tom Cruise hasn’t slowed down, and always seems to be the key to any “Mission: Impossible” movie.

Our Grade: B
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 131 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Action
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin