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Is the mission still impossible? How ‘Rogue Nation’ measures up to other Mission Impossible films

We’re on our fifth adventure with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint. Full of elaborate

Hang on - it's going to be an intense ride
Hang on – it’s going to be an intense ride

chases, fights and nail biting moments, this film is sure to take you on a wild ride from start to finish.  In ‘Rogue Nation’, following the dissolution of IMF, Ethan is on the run from the CIA as he tries to prove the existence of  the ‘Syndicate’. With the help of Benji (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther (Ving Rhames), Ethan faces down this nefarious organisation.

From the get-go the audience is thrust into the world of IMF with a stellar ‘chase’ sequence which ends with Ethan hanging off the side of an aeroplane. The film then descends into a web of loyalties and questions as Ethan investigates the ‘Syndicate’ and the rogue agents that it is made up of.  The actors in this film were amazing – special mention goes to Simon Pegg for his hilarious portrayal of Benji – he definitely added a much needed comedic element to the film. Another special mention goes to Sean Harris who played Solomon Lane, the head of ‘Syndicate’ – his callous exterior emphasised the danger that Ethan and the world faced.

Action sequences definitely didn’t disappoint. After all it wouldn’t be a ‘Mission Impossible’ film without at least a couple of death defying stunts. From riding an aeroplane from the outside and epic chases through Morocco, the audience was on the edge of their seats. These scenes coupled with the dubious loyalty of Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Fergurson), adds to the griping tension of the film. You never know what will happen next and how the IMF team will recover.

Probably my only critique for the film was that sometimes shots of Ilsa Faust seemed ridiculously unnecessary. For Tom Cruise 2example, in one scene she’s aiming to shoot someone and the camera pans upwards to get a full shot of her body, also the pose she is doing just looks plain uncomfortable. Other scenes, such as one where she takes off her shirt, appear awkwardly voyeuristic. After seeing films such as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and the ‘Kill Bill’ series – it would be great to have more action films, where the female lead is not needlessly sexualised.

Overall I would give this film 8/10 – it is exactly what you expect and want from a Mission Impossible film, but it doesn’t break any new ground for the franchise.

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