There was a time when sequels to movies were made strictly out of profit, there was never an attempt to make them better, tell new stories, just rehash the first one and so on until they finally became obsolete and they moved on. This has been the norm in Hollywood for years until recently. The Fast & Furious franchise is jumping into it’s eighth film, with the seventh crossing over a billion dollars. The Marvel films, although each telling their own separate stories, are each part of a much bigger storyline and continue to grow. The Mission Impossible films started to suffer the same fate, after the disappointment of the second film and the third film it seemed like the IMF had been shutdown for good.
That was until Brad Bird took over directing duties for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal which, in my opinion, was the better of the films despite many of it’s problems. The film is extremely fun and it moved the MI franchise into a new direction where it didn’t have to be consistently serious throughout yet still maintained the amazing stunts and action the franchise has been known for.
Which leads to to the fifth film in the series, the IMF, lead by William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) is facing the wrath of the CIA Director, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) who is pushing to have the IMF disbanded based on results from their missions leading up to Ghost Protocal. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has been chasing down proof that The Syndicate, a highly trained anti-IMF, has been operating under their nose the entire time but when IMF is shut down Ethan must depend on Llsa Faust (Rebecca Fergusan) a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.
Each time a new Mission Impossible movie comes out I start to wonder if it will be any good and each time I really enjoy the film and Rogue Nation is no different. The action scenes are amazing, the stunts are incredible, Cruise (who is a very hands on producer) and company have managed to up the previous movie, without overstepping it’s boundaries and taking things to a completely stupid and unbelievable level. All the original characters from the previous film returns except for Paula Patton who had to drop out due to scheduling reason along with Ving Rhames is brought out of retirement to actually be apart of the movie this time, which was nice to see.
I had a lot of fun with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Cruise has never been better and Rebecca Ferguson really steals the show and I hope to see her in future installments. My only real complaints are we have another villain that isn’t all that terrifying despite being the leader of an “anti-IMF” as he’s built up to be. Then the film took a huge step back by pushing Hunt at the complete center of the film again, where Ghost Protocol brought the film series to it’s original roots and focused on the team. Jeremy Renner might as well not been in the film at all the way he’s regulated to the back of the bus and must fill in the office role in IMF despite having skills on par with Ethan Hunt.
As the summer begins to wind down and we start to enter the serious season for films, it’s nice to have one last good summer film that can possibly leave his summer on a high note.