Article by Suzanne Philips

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Photo copyright Paramount Pictures.

Photo copyright Paramount Pictures.

 

The latest installment in the “Mission Impossible” franchise, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” opened in theatres last weekend to the tune of $55.5 million dollars in the U.S., reaffirming that sequels are indeed still a viable property at the box office.  Well, to be fair, sequels of beloved franchises such as MI are viable.

The latest installment sees the IMF team, headed up by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) disbanded and Hunt on the run from the CIA.  The team joins forces to take down The Syndicate, a network of former agents from all over the world who just might be a match for the IMF.

The film opens with a bang, as everyone has no doubt seen in the trailers and interviews, with Ethan Hunt hanging off an airplane as it takes off.  There are a few such “wow factor” stunts in the film which fans have come to expect from the franchise.  There are sometimes that they don’t quite come off in the film, without spoiling it, there is a particular underwater sequence which is questionable, but for the most part the stunts are heart-pounding and really enjoyable to watch.

 

Tom Cruise at "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" premiere.  Photo copyright Zimbio.com

Tom Cruise at “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” premiere. Photo copyright Zimbio.com

 

Tom Cruise, no matter what you might think about him, is definitely the leader you need him to be in this film.  Tom Cruise is simply very good at being Tom Cruise.  He is an action star and can carry a film with the drama and comedy all on board.

 

Simon Pegg at Mission Impossible: Rogue nation premiere.  photo copyright Zimbio.com

Simon Pegg at Mission Impossible: Rogue nation premiere. photo copyright Zimbio.com

 

Simon Pegg who plays computer genius Benji Dunn is given much more to do in this film and it certainly serves the project well.  He adds some much-needed comedy but also has some very real, vulnerable moments.

 

Jeremy Renner at Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation  premiere.   Photo copyright Zimbio.com

Jeremy Renner at Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation premiere.
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Also expanding his part in this sequel is Jeremy Renner, who plays analyst William Brandt.  While straddling the line between the IMF team and the CIA, Renner also has some great comedic moments but still has the right amount of hero to make the part work.

Ving Rhames,  much like Tom Cruise, is just really good at being Ving Rhames.  He is a presence and a force to be reckoned with.

The great cast, the awesome stunts and the fast paced action all combine to make “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”  a really enjoyable action film with some great moments of comedy and definitely worth a look.