“… if you liked the others, you’ll love this one!”
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was great. It is a worthy sequel to Ghost Protocol, and it does a great job of carrying on the Mission: Impossible legacy. But these movies are getting a little hard to review for one simple reason: they are all very similar.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie. And what’s not to love? Once again we have high-octane action, a pretty interesting villain, Luther as an actual character again. It was amazing. But the problems I have are that the movies kind of blend together. Granted this problem goes away when you take into account they are released upwards of four years apart, but when you watch them back to back they kind of bleed into one another which makes reviewing difficult.
One thing I can say about Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is that the action is a little front-loaded. The movie starts off with the biggest stunt that Tom Cruise does, hanging off of the side of a plane, and continues with one of the best sequences in any Mission: Impossible movie (the opera); and all of this happens in the first 40 minutes. I’m not saying the rest of the movie is bad, but they kind of shot their wad right at the start not leaving a whole lot for the rest of the movie.
But I feel like Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation managed becasue it wasn’t trying to be as fun as Ghost Protocol. It understood that if you have too much fun in a movie like this, all of the stakes disappear. So it kind of emulated something like James Bond in that it kept the story serious for a lot of the time. There is suspense, constant questioning, and intense fights.
Overall Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was a great time, but its hard to compliment it due to its similarities to the other Mission: Impossible films. Just know that if you liked the others, you’ll love this one!
I give Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation an A