Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation movie review


I am by no means a James Bond aficionado, but if you’d of told kid-me that I’d like the Mission Impossible movie series more than 007’s alcohol infused, STD covered adventures, I’d of sad you were nuts, and I’d have been wrong.  Rogue Nation is, for me, the final iteration it takes for me to realize that Ethan Hunt is just as credible as any other legendary action character and, in a lot of ways, more so.

Oh, and I liked the movie, too. 

This is some trailer, huh?  It’s all tense and brooding.  And yet, the movie plays a lot more fun than that… but I guess they let you know at the end that it’s not all gloom and doom.

Who would have guessed that the perfect cast for an action movie was Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin?  I didn’t see that coming.  I particularly thought that Pegg and Rhames would be redundant because they’re characters serve similar roles… but that’s just it, they don’t.  They actually play off each other perfectly and give us a lot less of the “guy sitting alone staring at a computer screen” bit. SPOILERS, highlight to read->Rebecca Ferguson is a welcome addition and I hope she’ll return for the next installment…  but her character provided a lot of the movie’s drama, which she wouldn’t be able to do next time, so I’m not sure she can have anything more than a limited role. <-SPOILERS 

I heard someone complain that, as revealed in the trailer, the IMF has been disbanded, which is ridiculous because the IMF is always disbanded or not operating in conjunction with the government or something like that, but I have to disagree with that as a negative.  Sure, it’s not new, but it doesn’t matter.  It’s just more fun if no one is coming to help Hunt and his team and it rules out drone strikes and other such bits of support you’d expect them to have, thus requiring our heroes to go even further instead of just picking up their phone and calling for air support.  My point is that you can’t complain that there’s no original thinking in a flick when you sit down to watch the fifth film in a series – at this point, it is what it is and hoping for radical change is a fool’s errand.

Rogue Nation has everything I’m looking for in an action film:  good actors, fine writing and plenty of spectacle.  It moves at a near breakneck pace, which is a good thing because it’s not a perfect movie, but when your brain doesn’t have time to muddle over such things, your experience won’t be inhibited and you’ll scarcely recall them afterwards.  I’d recommend this movie as a must for action/adventure fans and even to non-genre fans who are just looking for a good time at the movies.

About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on September 14, 2015, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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