Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

WRITTEN BY: Christopher McQuarrie,
DIRECTED BY: Christopher McQuarrie
STARRING: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Sean Harris
RATING: 3 stars

IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team take on the Syndicate – an elusive international rogue organisation committed to causing worldwide chaos. Ethan teams up with possible double agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to bring down the skilled villains.

Fans of the Mission Impossible franchise should be pleased with this instalment. There are several suspenseful action sequences including a motorcycle chase and a thrilling plane scene. The character development is also solid. It is good to see that it is not just the “Tom Cruise show” – the supporting cast have their moments too, especially Simon Pegg as his main sidekick. Ferguson was also fantastic and believable as a tough and independent female spy. Ilsa defeats a lot of men and saves Ethan's life a few times. Unfortunately, while Jeremy Renner has some funny lines, he does not get to see much action. He works well with Alec Baldwin though, whose character represents the CIA. The biggest problem with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was that it was far too long. There were a few times when the plot could have been tied up but writer/director Christopher McQuarrie threw another thread into the mix and it dragged the film out unnecessarily. Nonetheless, action fans will be more than happy to go along for the ride.