Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

With the IMF disbanded, Ethan and his team join forces with a disavowed British agent, who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as they must face off against a new network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner
Runtime: 2 hours, 11 minutes

When I saw the first trailer for this film, I was excited. It featured explosions, exotic locales, a beautiful woman, and Tom Cruise running toward the screen all-out (what more do you want out of an action film?). Then I heard that it was directed by the same man who gave us Jack Reacher… and I was worried.

While the last Mission Impossible was cartoonish and rightly so, as it’s director had directed animated features like The Incredibles, I primarily remembered Jack Reacher being over-violent and kind of dull, despite Tom Cruise being lovably crazy (apparently his natural state of mind). So was this film another Ghost Protocol? Or another Jack Reacher? Actually…

Everything that a Mission Impossible Film Should Be

I remember when the first Mission Impossible film came out when I was a kid and I saw it in the theater. It was exciting, and kind of awesome, but it was also a bit on the sad and dreary side (as listening to the soundtrack by itself reminded me) losing a lot of the fun and thoughtful nature of the old TV show. While it was made when Tom Cruise was in his prime, I noticed after buying it that I never wanted to watch it.

It just wasn’t a very fun or joyful film (regardless of what that says to you of it’s quality). Despite that though, the infiltration of CIA Headquarters was absolutely iconic and definitely one of Tom Cruise’s finest moments (shared perhaps with the bullet train fight at the film’s climax).

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