Sound Off: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
July 31, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Go rogue. Now showing in theaters is Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible series. Tom Cruise returns, once again, to star as Ethan Hunt and face off against the evil forces of The Syndicate. He's joined by his loyal IMF team - Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames. And along the way he encounters the formidable Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Ferguson. So how is this one? Better than the last, or just another bland action movie? Is the opera sequence better than any other action sequence? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
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To light the fuse, I thought Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was very fun, very entertaining, but a bit bland in the story department. I love the opera sequence and the motorcycle chase, both were awesome. If there's anything that deserves an extra amount of praise it's the action. McQuarrie is establishing himself as a master of vehicular and intimately-choreographed action, and they really hit it out of the park with Rogue Nation. The biggest problems with the film lie with the screenplay, or lack there of. There's not much going on here. The opening sequence on the plane, while impressive, has absolutely no connection to anything else in the rest of the film. The plot involving Hunt doesn't have much to it, and it doesn't really go anywhere.
I should also compliment Rebecca Ferguson. She kicks ass in this, and still holds her own, which makes for a deadly combo. However, even her story was a bit odd. Her first scene left me confused, and while they explain who she is later, by then I'm already just enjoying watching her going toe-to-toe with Cruise. Sean Harris was fine as the villain, but he reminded me too much of Skyfall's Silva (played by Javier Bardem), since there wasn't enough other aspects of the character to connect with. Overall, I enjoyed the action, but was left wanting from the story. And while that sometimes can work, it didn't work here (by comparison Mission: Impossible 3 has a much, much better script). Then again Jeremy loved this, so to each his own.
What did you think of McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation? Excellent or bland?
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