2015 Summer Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rides a motorcycle again in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rides a motorcycle again in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

In 1996, an action hero has been introduced. His name is Ethan Hunt. An agent working for the IMF (Impossible Mission Force); going on one impossible mission after the next. Each mission has been fun despite hitting a few bumps in the road. In Mission: Impossible, he’s a slick, sophisticated agent. Hunt gives a different side in Mission: Impossible IIĀ as more of a James Bond playboy. Then he goes back to being the cool agent as he ever was. In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, he takes part of the most impossible mission of his career.

There is an international threat called the Syndicate. A network of highly skilled operatives setting terrorist attacks who intend to take down the IMF. Meanwhile, CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) stands in front of the judge to disband the IMF. Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team – old pal Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), field agent Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) – join forces with agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) who may or may not be on Syndicate’s side. Their mission – which they accept – is to take down the Syndicate.

Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, writer of Edge of Tomorrow) provides enough laughs, action, thrills, and exposition into this incredibly ambitious flick. Like before, the movie shows how hard the mission is with things going wrong in the process.

Cruise embraces the action movie role. If you thought Tom Cruise climbing the Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was insane, he does plenty more death-defying stunts in Rogue Nation. At one point, Hunt is hanging on the side of cargo plane (which took eight takes). The next point he is swimming underwater – in a quiet and terrifying sequence – without an oxygen tank. He and Dunn drive through Casablanca from motorcyclists. With surprises along the way, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation puts you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Pitch-perfect summer movie entertainment!

4/4

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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible III

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Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team in “Mission: Impossible III”

Now we’re back on the right track with Mission: Impossible III. J.J. Abrams brings the series back into its full glory with actual spy stuff.

Retired from the IMF, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now married to Julia (Michelle Monaghan). However, he gets assigned by John Musgrave (Billy Crudup) to save IMF trainee Lindsey Ferris (Keri Russell). She has been kidnapped by an evil arms dealer named Owen Davien (the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Once Ethan and his team – his old pal Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Zhen Lei (Maggie Q) – save Lindsey, a tiny bomb that is implanted into her skull detonates. When the team abducts Davien in the Vatican, he mentions a nuclear device called the Rabbit’s Foot. Then, Davien escapes and captures Julia, which leads them all the way to Shanghai. For his theatrical debut, Abrams knows what made Mission: Impossible a great movie. Ethan Hunt, again wonderfully played by Cruise, going back to be the spy he used to be, not a 007-esque playboy. Hoffman is an excellent villain, even though there is minimal background of his character. The action, especially on the bridge, is suspenseful. Everything looks real. The series seems to be getting better and better!

3.5/4

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible II

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rides through the flames in "Mission: Impossible II"

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rides through the flames in “Mission: Impossible II”

Take out the brains, the mystery, the wit. And add in some over-the-top fun. You get Mission: Impossible II, directed by John Woo.

We introduce Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rock climbing in Utah. His mission is to destroy a deadly virus called “Chimera”. Meanwhile, a group of terrorists led by Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) are after the virus so they can get rich for infecting the world. He relies on his fellow hacker Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and international thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton) for help. Since there is a cure called “Bellerophon”, Hunt must get rid of “Chimera”. All this leads to an awesome action-packed finale. Mission: Impossible II isn’t necessarily a spy film rather than a straight-forward action flick. This is definitely a John Woo movie. We have slow-mos, doves, and handguns. This is also more of a James Bond movie. Instead of a slick, sophisticated spy, Ethan Hunt is more of a playboy. There are times where the movie becomes too silly. Nevertheless, it’s a fun movie.

3/4

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) breaks into the vault in

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) breaks into the vault in “Mission: Impossible”

One of the rarest qualities in any summer blockbuster is to allow the audience used their brains. That is the case for Brian De Palma’s 1996 adaptation of the TV show Mission: Impossible. Tom Cruise stars in a compelling performance as Ethan Hunt, a sophisticated spy for the IMF (Impossible Mission Force). He and his fellow teammates are assigned by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) to retrieve a cover list in Prague. The mission goes horribly wrong. Ethan goes on the run as a fugitive, and he gets help from computer hacker Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and helicopter pilot Franz Kreiger (Jean Reno) to prove his innocence. As he goes on this seemingly impossible mission, mysteries behind the failed mission begin to unravel. Featuring exciting missions, great action (the scene on top of the train), and excellent performances, Mission: Impossible might be too complex. But it’s still a fun ride. That scene in the vault of the CIA building is freaking tense!

3.5/4