Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Tom Hollander
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

There’s been a lot of talk about women this year, and how they’re being portrayed in film. Well, rest assured, despite having only one predominant female character in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, it’s a positive image. Ilsa is NOT a romantic love interest! I’m sorry if that’s a spoiler for you, but she and Ethan never get it on. They don’t make out. She is in this as an agent, and she’s here because of her skills. She also gets to take out the “right hand man”. Without Ethan. Cause she’s a badass. Yes, you could argue that because Ilsa does get herself “in danger” and because she “needs rescuing” that she’s not the best role model. But, so does Simon Pegg’s Benji. And he’s not a woman.

I think the question you really want an answer to is “Is this the Best Mission Impossible EVER!?” Well, honestly, I enjoyed Ghost Protocol more. It’s not that Rogue Nation is bad, because it’s definitely not. It takes itself a bit more serious than Ghost Protocol did. It’s not quite as fun, and it feels darker for some reason. But, it’s still an incredible ride. The opening scene is fantastic, made better by me having seen a featurette where Tom Cruise is actually doing his own stunt work. The bike chase much later in the film is incredible. Nothing quite matches the “tower heist” from Ghost Protocol though.

Paula Patton seems to have vanished from the franchise without a trace though. That’s one thing most Spy franchises seem to have in common. I don’t expect to see Ferguson in the sixth film either.

Christopher McQuarrie is a crazy talented director. Underrated. Underused. It’s nice to see him get work. Hopefully Tom Cruise keeps giving him films. I’m definitely looking forward to MI6 (ironically, a spy franchise all on its own).

FINAL GRADE: A-

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