Tom Cruise is back again as Ethan Hunt, in the 5th installment of the Mission Impossible franchise.
In Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ethan is forced to go rogue to track down the Syndicate and prove to his government that he is not the bad guy. He and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner) are the ones who actually save the world from the bad guys.
Tom Cruise does not disappoint. He is back with some of his most daring stunts yet. He hangs off a plane, learnt to hold his breath from 6 minutes for a deep water stunt, and has some of the best motor cycle chase scenes seen on the big screen, He also proves that he still holds the title of best movie runner ever (although Jeremy Renner comes a very close second).
This time around, Ethan needs more than just his IMF buddies to help him out as he takes on the Syndicate (whose leader Lane (Sean Harris), is more creepy than he is bad guy!). Ethan reluctantly enlists the assistance of Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa. Rebecca is excellently cast in this role. Her physical prowess is amazing. You would never know this is her first action role.
The introduction of Ilsa is one of the few times in this film that you have no real idea of how things are going to turn out. Is she really Ethan’s ally or will she betray him?
That said, one of the issues I have with this film is that it doesn’t feel like it is a “mission impossible”. Even though the scenarios are over the top, it always feels possible as there’s no doubt that Ethan will end up saving the day and will be back for a 6th installment!
All that aside, fans of this franchise will not be disappointed. It does what it says on the tin – it’s a bit of fun, with lots of humour, thanks to the IMF team, and amazing action scenes thrown in.