Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Syndicate, a mysterious underground organisation unknown to intelligence agency across the world, the existence of this group was hinted at during the last movie. And they are finally going to emerge from the shadows.

The Plot
Another day, another impossible mission. The movie starts off with a quick introduction of the team; we have Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), field agent extraordinaire; Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), IT expert and comic relief; Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), the go-to guy who can do absolutely everything as long as it is off screen; and last but not least William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), team leader and strategist.

After Hunt and his team successfully complete a mission we find him in a record shop in London. The shop is a front for the IMF and he is here to be briefed on his next assignment. But things go south and Hunt gets captured.

Meanwhile, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), the head of the CIA, opts for the closure of the IMF and wants its assets to be restructured within his agency. He also considers Hunt to be a dangerous and uncontrollable individual that needs to be brought in and puts him on a wanted list.

While being captured Hunt finds out that the Syndicate, an anti-IMF organisation, is behind his abduction. He escapes but now has to stop the Syndicate while being hunted by both his enemies and his allies.

Should I Watch It?
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a direct continuation of Ghost Protocol. It retains the more comical approach its predecessor initiated by making Simon Pegg a bigger part of the story, but it is still mainly a spy adventure.

The movie starts off good. We are immediately thrown into the action while the characters of the previous film get reintroduced. This is one of the strengths of the Mission: Impossible movies. They immediately grab your attention and lay down the groundwork. It works well.

Another thing I like is that the previous film actually mattered. The events off the Kremlin and the assassination of the Defense Minister still come into play. Most action movies skip this continuation and just focus on the new incident. It is very nice to see these things get addressed.

Rogue Nation is quick-paced, has lots of action, and many funny moments. But it is not spectacular. The much anticipated heist scene, basically the staple of the franchise, was dull and the action scenes have changed from nearly impossible to completely unbelievable. It looks cool and all, but what made the previous movies so fun was that most of the stunts actually looked like a superspy would be able to pull them off. And often that is not the case with this one, and that took me out of the movie on several occasions.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, though entertaining, fails to stand out among both this year’s blockbusters and its predecessors. If you are dying to see a new spy movie and you have already seen Kingsman: The Secret Service you will probably be better off by waiting another two weeks for the release of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

No, don’t watch it.


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