You want to know what a real impossible mission looks like? Topping Ghost Protocol. Still, don’t let that fact fool you: Rogue Nation is a damn good time, and arguably the best possible follow-up to MI4 that could’ve been reasonably expected. While it can’t quite top its predecessor, it damn near ties.
Issues are few and far in between, with the only glaring one (to me) being a reliance on a handful of obnoxiously noticeable plot conveniences for Ethan Hunt to move his adventure forward with. Some of these are actually explainable and justifiable, but some of them are expected to slide under the audience’s radar (which they evidently didn’t, as I’m currently complaining about them right now). The other major issue that’s not so much an issue as it is a subjective complaint is that none of the set-pieces in this movie had grandeur or build-up. All the scenes in the trailer are doled out within the first half of the movie, and while they’re all technically impressive, none quite match the verticality of the Dubai tower from MI4. Personally, a fight along a train would’ve been nice here in my opinion, so that this movie would have a set piece horizontally impressive to perpendicularly rival the previous movie’s standout scene. I’m not joking about that whole long vs. tall dynamic thing, by the way.
Otherwise, the movie is wonderful, if a little… familiar. I guess with spy movies it’s just hard to impress these days, as audiences have already seen most things (car vs motorcycles, motorcycles vs motorcycles, hand-to-hand combat, gun vs fist, fist vs fist, etc.) and Rogue Nation lacks anything utterly new like the Dubai climb from MI4. The plane scene from the trailers is as close as we get to something of that nature, and it’s plopped right into the beginning of the movie so there’s literally no build-up to such an early payoff. And, having watched this movie directly after Ant-Man (that review is coming soon) which had a very cool gimmick to its action scenes, Rogue Nation just felt a bit… subdued? I don’t know, I was just underwhelmed and tired by the time it finished. Still, I recognize it is a meritable flick and deserves the love it’s been getting. Go see it if you want something great to hold you off until Spectre.
Since a DVD is no doubt on its way, I decided to review this movie to give you an idea of whether its disc version is worth buying or not. Is this Mission just as Impossible as it was 4 movies in the franchise ago? Read on to find out!
The story is really cool, if not a little cliche`. The oranization of special agents Tom Cruise and his gang work for are framed for the destruction of the Kremlin, and are disbanded by the United States government. Tom, wanting to clear his crew’s name, gathers a makeshift squad and set out to find whoever blew up the Kremlin and stop him from his next dastardly deed. Because of this plotline, the movie has a lot of cool set pieces as the agents travel all the way from Russia to Dubai. The Kremlin’s explosion scene looks fantastic, and is one of those rare explosions in a movie that you don’t forget. The other major scenes in the movie that really stick with you are the massive sandstorm that practically FEELS real, and the climbing of the Dubai tower. I practically had a heart attack every time Tom almost lost his balance climbing that thing. Mission Impossible has definitely retained its ability to make memorable scenes.
One of the coolest things about this movie are the wacky inventions that are used. It’s like Inspector Gadget to the nth degree (yes, that’s an actual degree). Really, some of the stuff is just ridiculous. A magic wall screen that makes the people behind it invisible but nothing else? Pressure gloves that allow you to climb giant glass towers with just your hands? This is what makes a movie a movie. Insanity.
The last major thing I have to say about the movie is that the actors are fantastic. Tom Cruise is, well, Tom Cruise (which means amazing acting). I have to say, one of my favorite characters was Benji Dunn (played by Simon Pegg). He was witty, funny and overall one of the best major characters I’ve seen in a long time as far as movies go.
Overall, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is an outstanding movie. Not outstanding in a way that makes it my favorite movie ever, but outstanding because it feels exactly like what a proper action movie should be. There’s a hint of conspiracy, a lot of humor, wacky gadgets, a lot of action, a few scary scenes and all of the necessary things that make up a great film. So do I recommend you buy it when it comes out on DVD? Yes!
Mission Status: Complete