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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Review by Honey B

Director: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris Plot: With the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hell-bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. Verdict: After four Mission Impossible films Tom Cruise proves that he is still at the top of his game and that his MI franchise is red hot. Mr Cruise knows the right creative people to look after his franchise - former directors include Brian DePalma, John Woo, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird - and director Christopher McQuarrie is proving to be a cracking choice to drive the successful franchise forward. Cruise and McQuarrie have previously worked together on the underrated Jack Reacher film and McQuarrie has written Edge of Tomorrow and Valkyrie, which star Cruise. McQuarrie keeps the action ticking over and there are many absolutely spectacular and insanely impossible action sequences throughout as well as a wonderfully funny tongue-in-cheek bent. The script has many intriguing twists and turns, but is also thankfully not too hard to follow. Cruise's other ace in this movie is the gorgeous and intelligent Rebecca Ferguson who plays Ilsa Faust - an agent who keeps the audience guessing as to which side she is truly on. This latest do-or-die mission sees Ethan Hunt (Cruise) going rogue to try and shut down a criminal organisation known as The Syndicate and lead by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) - who is a bit of a bland, but insane, villain. Meanwhile William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) is defending the IMF's over-the-top methods to a Congressional committee which has been brought about by the head of the CIA, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin). Back for the ride are Hunt's loyal team including funny techno-whizz Benji (Simon Pegg) and the loyal big man Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames). Pegg brings a lot of the lighter moments of the film and a few poignant ones as well, while Baldwin adds another layer to the franchise. There are many impossible stunts throughout this flick and the highlight is the superbly choreographed assassination attempt at the opera. The motorcycle chase in Morocco is pretty awesome as well. Femme fatale Ferguson's knife fight is old school and also superbly choreographed. In fact all of the actor's are on fire in this movie as they nail the impossible. This is a well-crafted, fun, mysterious spy thriller that leaves audiences primed and ready for an MI:6.
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