Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Review by Barbara Stanzl

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch a very long movie with a plot as thin as the ice on the Thames in London in January and actual plot holes bigger than Alec Baldwins cheesy grin.
Admittedly the opening scene is great, action packed and it’s exciting to watch Tom Cruise hanging from a plane (don’t try it at your local airport), shouting “Benji open the door”. Benji, played by a sparkly Simon Pegg (Spaced) is trying his best to assist his friend. The film tries hard to keep the plot together but whenever it threatens to thin even more, they change location. A great trick, the movie jumps around locations, from London to Havanna, to Vienna, to Casablanca and back to London, it looks like a travel guide for lost spies. Tom Cruise is good, he routinely plays the agent Ethan Hunt and after 4 Mission Impossible films by now he surly knows the character inside out. But Rebecca Ferguson (The white Queen) is a new character and she is a tremendous actress. Her chemistry and timing is impeccable and she’s a great heroine. The cast has quite a few British people as an addition to the usual American team, Tom Hollander as British prime minister is hilarious as usual, Sean Harris who is often cast as the steely, hard bitten outsider does a great job as a pretty evil villain and Simon McBurney as head of the MI 6 is also very good. There are a few good camera shots by cinematographer Robert Elswit, particularly in Vienna, but nothing outstanding. The scenes in Vienna are pretty impressive, I’m sure that it wasn’t easy to co-ordinate the fight scene with the opera performance in the state opera house. And why does everybody want to kill the Austrian chancellor?

Let’s face it, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is an entertaining action blockbuster with some astoundingly good acting. Director Christopher McQuarrie who wrote “The Usual Suspects” managed very well to direct a very interesting group of actors.
And in terms of plot, well unfortunately not every movie can have a brilliant plot like the Matrix.


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