Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is the story of Ethan Hunt and the IMF as they attempt to take on the syndicate, a so called terrorist group who are there exact opposites. However there is just one problem, the methods of the IMF have been called into question by CIA chief Alan Huntley (Alec Baldwin) and with no proof that the Syndicate exists, Ethan has to take matters into his own hands.
This film doesn’t have much in the way of introductions so if you want to get to know the team a little bit better than I would suggest watching Ghost Protocol first. This is particularly important as some aspects of that story are referenced throughout Rogue Nation.
One thing this film does very well is the pairing of certain actors, particularly the grouping of Alec Baldwin and Jeremy Renner (William Brandt) as they really work well together, I only wish we could have seen more from the two of them. Although the most important paring is that of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) as they are the ones with the most screen time. They have great chemistry and work so well off each other that you really buy their friendship and the loyalty that they have for one another.
Rebecca Ferguson (Ilsa Faust) was a welcome addition to the film as she plays a character who is strong, smart and ultimately wants what is best for her and for her country. Ilsa is a mysterious character who we gradually learn more and more about as the film progresses, keeping the audience engaged with the plot right up until the credits. Another major character in the film is Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) the leader of the syndicate and the film wastes no time in establishing what a challenging adversary he will be to take down. He does an absolutely incredible job at playing the villain and proves more than a match for Ethan Hunt. Although it is not until the final third of this film that the characters on screen and the audience discover his true intentions and motivations for doing what he is doing.
Overall I really enjoyed watching this film, it has great stunts, exciting chase scenes and a really interesting story that keeps you engaged and entertained right until the very end. What makes it work so well is the balance between action drama and light hearted moment and of course the gadgets. Apart from looking great it also sounded great and with world class editing, this is definitely a film that is worth seeing at the cinema.
P.s. I also recorded a short video for my Youtube channel where I talk a bit more about this film, you can check it out by clicking on the link below.