HOLLYWOOD—Okay, when it comes to action stars plenty of people think of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone, and other icons from the 80s. With all due respect, when I want to see a great action flick, I can always count on Tom Cruise to deliver. Cruise’s latest project “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” takes the audience on another ride with their favorite IMF Agent, Ethan Hunt.
Can you believe the franchise will actually celebrate 20 years in 2016? I mean, “Mission: Impossible” set the standards, its sequel was slightly entertaining in my opinion. I was no fan of “MI3,” sorry for those who thought otherwise. I’ll be honest, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” may have been one of the most entertaining and amazing thrill rides I had back in 2011. I mean Cruise never seems to disappoint when it comes to the stunts. I mean this guy hung of a window of one of the tallest buildings in the world, and didn’t flinch once! Crazy right?
So how would Cruise and Ethan Hunt top that spectacle? Well, how about hanging off the side of a plane as it takes off at rapid speeds? Yep, Cruise goes there and so does director Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked with the actor on the action flick “Jack Reacher.” Audiences have been teased this scene over and over in the trailers and TV spots, so it’s no surprise the film decides to open the movie with that incredible stunt as Ethan and his team attempt to halt the delivery of chemical weapons. It is because of such stunts that Ethan discovers his team is being dismantled by CIA Chief Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin). I mean what is it about Baldwin, who portrays these powerful characters with such ease that anyone can totally see the actor as their boss? This forces Ethan, Benji (Simon Pegg), William (Jeremy Renner) and Luther (Ving Rhames) to do battle with the Syndicate, a powerful multinational group of ex-operatives, led by Sean Harris.
Don’t worry ladies, this isn’t a flick driven by all testosterone because Rebecca Ferguson joins the team as Ilsa Faust, a woman able to kick some serious ass without blinking. Where her allegiance lies is a mystery in the flick. With all installments in the franchise, this fifth chapter delivers on comedy (thanks to Pegg), action (thanks to Cruise and director McQuarrie) and narrative (thanks to screenwriter McQuarrie also) that makes it fun ride: from start to finish.
Would I compare the “Mission: Impossible” franchise to the Jason Bourne films? Not quite. Those films heighten the idea of an espionage thriller, while Cruise and his gang deliver precisely what the audience wants: a fun time at the multiplex. Just when you think Cruise and company have run out of ideas, they find a way to take things to the next level.
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” delivers plenty of car chases, fight sequences, gun power and death-defying sequences that will leave not only actions fans wanting more, but those who have never seen a flick in the franchise eagerly counting the days until the next installment arrives.