'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Review by Daghan Dalgic


Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ving Rhames. Ethan Hunt is back, and this time he must face his most hardest task: destroying the Syndicate, a terrorist organisation who's task is to destroy the IMF. 

It is unbelievable how the fifth movie in a franchise can bring something new to the table and manage to be the best. Tom Cruise's rule of getting a new director for each movie works so brilliantly because 'Rogue Nation' does not feel worn out in any way.

In 'Rogue Nation, Ethan Hunt is more vulnerable than ever, which keeps you on the edge of your seat. In the first two Mission Impossible movies, Hunt is basically a god that can't be harmed and has a plan for everything. In this one, the plot is revealed to you very gradually and with a lot of curve-balls so we really get to see Hunt unsure about his next step and that is lacking in a lot of action movies nowadays. The audience feels more excitement and becomes more engaged, if they know the main character can be hurt.

Rebecca Ferguson is the newcomer to the series and she is not only the best female lead in any Mission Impossible movies but also quite possibly one of the best female leads in an action movie. She brings sophistication, mysteriousness and charisma. Everything about her character worked so well in this movie. She wasn't eye candy, she was the most badass character in the movie.

The set pieces are no where near the scale of 'Ghost Protocol', but there are way more memorable scenes in this one. In 'Ghost Protocol', after the Burj Khalifa scene that people can't get enough of, the movie falls a little flat because let's face it, something like that is hard to top. However, in 'Rogue Nation', Christopher McQuarrie very effectively creates amazingly choreographed sequences with sets that you have seen before. An opera house. A dirt road. An underground facility. You have seen action scenes in these places before, but never like this.

The only weak part of the movie is the concept of going rogue. They have done it in every Mission Impossible and it is getting old. In the end of the movie, they set up the next sequel and it is definitely not going to follow the formula used in previous movies. This is both a relief and a hindrance. The next director has something completely unique to go by. The team that we know and love will actually follow the IMF this time, but they have to do it in a way that makes the movie unpredictable, which will be a challenge.

The action is filmed to perfection. There is none of the shaky camera and fast cutting nonsense. Every shot is visually aesthetic. You can just tell that the movie was filmed with real stunts because you can feel the substance. Christopher McQuarrie was perfect for this because he has made great movies such as 'Usual Suspects' but he has also worked with Tom Cruise before in 'Jack Reacher'. There was also so much visual comedy, which MI fans look forward to in every movie. On the whole, the direction was phenomenal.

Overall, 'Rogue Nation' is a smart and thrilling blockbuster. It will make you feel excited for future sequels. Every aspect of the film is rock-hard solid. It very successfully sews the franchise together and sets the story up for more sequels. The question that now remains is who will direct the next Mission Impossible. Who do you think should direct the next sequel? Did you enjoy 'MI 5'? Tell us in the comments!

Score: 8.5/10