Movie Review – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

I do not understand how people can hate Tom Cruise. The man hung off the side of a plane for us (see featured image). Yeah, sure, he was properly hooked in, and plenty safe, yada, yada, yada, but there’s always some danger in a scenario like that. The obvious (and unfortunate) example would be Owen Hart. He was supposed to be safe, but we all know how that turned out.

Safety measures included, there are maybe a handful of other big name actors who would’ve done that. That’s what stunt men and CGI faces are for.

Okay, before we go any further, let’s get the plot out of the way.

In this film, Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, is on the run from the government as he tracks The Syndicate, an enemy of IMF from back when, “Mission: Impossible,” was a television show. This time, rather than a collection of mobsters, they’re the anti-IMF: a rogue nation of former spies from various countries, all of whom are assumed dead. They have money and anonymity, and they’re looking to mess things up.

Obviously, that can’t happen, and it’s up to Ethan Hunt to make sure it doesn’t. Thankfully, he has the help of his buddies William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames). That’s all I’m going to tell you.

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” is one hell of a ride, and you need to check it out for yourself.

If I had to criticize the flick, all I can really pick on is Alec Baldwin’s character. We’re five entries deep on this franchise – shouldn’t people trust Ethan Hunt? He’s put out some pretty big fires. Though – if you leave a guy like Ethan Hunt unchecked, you open up the possibility of The Syndicate.

Well – apparently, I have no criticisms for this movie.

I am a bit biased, though. I have been a fan of Christopher McQuarrie for years. Ever since I was 13 and saw, “The Usual Suspects,” and “The Way Of The Gun.” His working relationship with Tom Cruise is one of my favorite things to come out of Hollywood in a long time.

Jack Reacher? It’s a banger.

Valkyrie? It’s a banger.

Edge Of Tomorrow? It’s a banger.

M:I:5? Obviously, it’s a banger.

If he does M:I:6, you can bet it’s going to be a certified banger.


As these movies get bigger and better, so too do the stunts that Tom Cruise pulls off in them. You know, because why use stunt doubles, right? They’re for losers. It started with the pendulum building jump in three, which was one of the coolest things I had ever seen up until that time, and then they blew it out of the water in Ghost Protocol with the Burj Khalifa scene:

Now there’s the plane scene. I can only imagine what sort of craziness Cruise is going to pull off in the next film.

In closing: this movie rules, and if you don’t like Tom Cruise, or the Mission: Impossible franchise, you can get the fuck out of my face.

RATING: 8.5/10

Walter Winchester