Title: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Director: Christopher McQuarrie Year: 2015 Run time: 2hrs 11m
“Loaded with heart-pounding action and jaw-dropping stunts, prepare for the best Mission ever. With his elite organization shut down by the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) race against time to stop the rise of a new global threat, The Syndicate, a dangerous network of rogue operatives turned traitors. To stop them, Ethan must join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent (Rebecca Ferguson) who may or may not be on his side as he faces his most impossible mission yet.”
1:55 – “I didn’t need help, I needed assistance. That’s a different thing.” 5:01 – What an incredible stunt to start with! 9:55 – A hand sliding down the glass will always be reminiscent of Titanic. 16:43 – Dude shimmied up a pipe upside down. Amaze. 19:23 – “I won’t stop until I do.” Ooh, scary. 26:17 – Weekly polygraph is horrendous. 30:05 – “See the world… on a monitor… from a closet.” 34:15 – Backstage at the opera is quite the labyrinth. 35:54 – That might be the first time Tom Cruise has allowed a reference to his lack of height in a movie! 39:03 – God that’s quick thinking. 47:54 – Title! 50:47 – I don’t know if she’s good or bad, but I like her. 52:03 – “Very strange thing for a lady to be carrying in her sundries.” Great word. 59:59 – It does sound impossible, but hey, that’s what these people thrive on! 1:03:58 – That was not synchronised watches, a good few seconds apart. 1:04:58 – The intake thing is amazing, like a reverse waterfall. 1:09:48 – I KNEW she was awesome. 1:11:46 – Now we have the difference between locate and find. 1:14:55 – “It’s a high speed chase, you just had to get the 4x4, didn’t you?” 1:17:44 – That was the best car chase ever. Hilarious. 1:34:26 – Benji! 1:43:39 – “The living manifestation of destiny.” Wow. 1:57:33 – I’m a bit suspicious about this fog, like Hollywood thinks London is off of Sherlock Holmes days. 2:03:21 – I like that Nessan Dorma keeps creeping in the background music.
Loved it. Loved it all. From the opening scenes in which Tom Cruise actually hangs off the side of a massive plane taking off, because he can’t let anyone else do his stunts, to the closing moments with Alec Baldwin and Jeremy Renner making friends at last, it was brilliant. It had an enormous amount of action and stunts in it, but still managed to have moments of old-school drama. For example, running endlessly around backstage at the opera would probably normally be considered boring to the attention-grabbing generation, but it was stacked with tension and misdirection and all-round greatness.
And that car chase scene, it was both incredible to watch, and hysterically funny, a hard balance to try and create.
Rebecca Ferguson played a strong role, although her accent missed a beat on occasion. Her character was enigmatic but clearly capable, in trouble without being needy and annoying. I really liked how she was portrayed.
Overall, great story, great cast, great pacing and funny dialogue. Almost perfect, I’d say.