The Mission: Impossible franchise is one of those rare beasts that ages like fine wine and yet still feels fresh and young. Nearly every entry into the franchise has gotten better and better and has managed to maintain an incredible amount of originality while the stunts and sequences get bigger, better, and more death defying. The franchise reaches its 5th film with Rogue Nation while also reaching its 19th year as a franchise all together. But how is the film?
The film is absolutely incredible on more levels than one, and it’s probably the best 5th film in ANY franchise for that matter and possibly the best one in its own so far. The film, like all other M:I’s takes place some time after the previous one but generally has almost no connection to it, and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is searching for an organization called The Syndicate. Problem is, nobody believes him due to lack of concrete evidence and the IMF is in danger of being shut down by the CIA itself. So what must Ethan Hunt do?
Go out there and prove they’re real while attempting to save the day. It’s fast paced, white knuckle action mixed with a gripping story and great fleshed out characters who really never feel under used or for that matter over used as well. The film really finds a perfect balance of action, suspense, and thrill to make something beyond what anyone’s expectation could have ever been for this film.
And give it up for Tom Cruise ladies and gentleman, the guy is 53 years old performing nearly all his own stunts, even the plane one from the trailer. Not only is the surface aspects of the film well done but the technical aspects such as editing and score, as well as lighting is some of the best in the series and deserves quite some recognition (look out for the opera scene).
The film manages to do something rarely ever done, surpass its predecessor, and that itself is a tough feat. Aside from all its achievements, it’s just a really fun film to experience. So go enjoy it while it’s out you won’t want to miss this one