Friday, July 31, 2015
Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation
The impressive opening scene is simply an exciting way to reintroduce the film's protagonist Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) who is still active with his pals: the geeky wizard Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), the always competent Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), and their commander William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) at the secretive espionage agency Impossible Missions Force (IMF). Even though they have just averted a disastrous situation preventing terrorists from possessing chemical weapons, the CIA director Alan Huntley (Alec Baldwin) isn't happy with them. In fact, he deems IMF's actions irresponsible. He proposes to shut down their operations and to bring Ethan back to US soil.
That seems an impossible mission because Ethan is the "living manifestation of destiny." He easily eludes the pursuit from the CIA and continues to be anywhere he needs to be. But he is not the target only of the CIA. His superb ability is also sought after by a secret terrorist group called the Syndicate, led by a ruthless Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Ethan is dragged into Lane's scheme to steal an encrypted computer file from a secured location with the help from a former MI5 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). The file is crucial to the future operations of the Syndicate as well as to uncovering the past of MI5. It's in everybody's interest to gain control of it.
No mission seems impossible for Ethan Hunt and his fellow IMF agents. The game is on and you better fasten your seatbelt when you witness the journey.
Winning an Oscar for writing "The Usual Suspects" (1995), the writer-director Christopher McQuarrie certainly knows how to engage his audience with a well-structured complex story. Even though it's billed as an action flick, this film's multi-layered plot never gets washed off by its superbly-choreographed actions. Each segment of the story is cleared laid out by setting up an intriguing scenario that sounds absolutely impossible. Yet, it unfolds with credibility and conviction.
The film also exhibits a smooth rhythm between the slick moves of an old-fashioned spy movie and the spectacular visuals of a modern action flick. It contains an elegantly-crafted operatic assassination during the performance of "Turandot" in Vienna. It also involves a mesmerizing chase in Casablanca that beats any commercial for "the ultimate driving machine." If those are not enough to impress you, the characters also jump on motorcycles for a serious ride.
Without any doubt, Tom Cruise affirms himself to be the legendary Ethan Hunt in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. Although he doesn't yell "Show me the money!" in this film, movie-goers will do just that at the box office for this film and its sequels to come.
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