Cruise goes rogue
What does one say about a franchise where every trick in the trade has been used and it ultimately just boils down to which cool stunt one will witness this time around.
Late in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, Alec Baldwin’s portly character tries to warn another character that Ethan Hunt is coming for them, and there’s nothing they can do about it. <g data-gr-id="47">Well</g> at least the franchise has become self-aware one could say. It’s a terrific gag — made all the more so when Ethan inevitably arrives a few seconds later ripping off that latex mask.
There is also the customary Tom Cruise “running for no reason” shot in the movie just like desi audiences are accustomed to Salman Khan stripping his shirt off for no reason.
Rogue Nation is terrific fun and the best action movie of the summer without having Mad Max in the title. It’s also arguably the best Mission: <g data-gr-id="45">Impossible</g> movie which is impressive for the fifth installment in any movie series. But it also might be the Tom Cruisiest Tom Cruise movie ever made. There’s a sequence in this movie in which Ethan holds his breath for more than three minutes so he can access a computer server that’s stored underwater. Why is it stored underwater? Cue cool stunt. He can instantly ascertain the true alliance of everybody he meets by gazing deep into their eyes. You see Ethan aka Tom is the best. Always.
The story of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’s is its weakest element — it’s mostly an excuse to string along a bunch of elaborate action sequences. Rogue Nation doesn’t skimp on the wow factor, especially a Moroccan motorcycle chase and an underwater sequence that has Ethan whooshing around like a sock during <g data-gr-id="41">spin</g> cycle. And the laughs kick in whenever Ethan gets help from his miracle-working teammates Benji (Simon Pegg, in an effortless performance) and Luther (Ving Rhames). Sit back and relax because, in the end, Ethan will save the day. He always does.
The film follows the lives of two blundering terrorists on a mission to change the world. The young guns with lofty ideologies but ordinary talent keep pace with a series of serendipitous high-energy, fast-paced, and exceptionally entertaining events that have a huge impact on world peace.