Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Reel Action! “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Release Date: July 31, 2015

Running Time: 2 hours and 11 minutes

Rated PG-13

Grade: A

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

Written By: Christopher McQuarrie & Drew Pearce


Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt

Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust

Jeremy Renner as William Brandt

Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn

Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell

Sean Harris as Solomon Lane

Simon McBurney as Atlee

Tom Hollander as Prime Minister

and Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley

The time has come to dissolve the IMF.

When Ethan Hunt witnesses an innocent girl killed in cold blood by a mysterious man, his mission is to find out who the killer is and he believes that the attack was prompted by the Syndicate. The Syndicate is an international criminal organization that seems to have skills that rival the IMFs. Meanwhile, Alan Hunley, Director of the CIA, pleads his case to the Senate oversight committee to have the IMF dissolved and absorbed into the CIA. IMF Agents William Brandt and Benji Dunn agree to join the CIA while Ethan remains on the run after narrowly escaping the Syndicate with the help of disavowed MI6 agent Ilsa Faust. Hunley is intent on capturing Hunt as well as the Syndicate. After six months, Hunt learns that he cannot catch up to the Syndicate alone so he reaches out to his team. Since this may be their last mission, they go all out to stop the highly skilled criminal mastermind behind the Syndicate.

The Syndicate is real. A rogue nation trained to do what we do…an anti-IMF.

Paramount Pictures teams up with superstar Tom Cruise and a talented supporting cast to deliver an exhilarating action-adventure spy film. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is fun and engaging.  I loved the storyline and action sequences. The camera work was excellent, capturing the motorcycle chase scene outside Marrakesh in such a way that you felt part of the scene, without the dizziness that this type of scene can produce. Known for doing his own stunts, Cruise does not let us down in Rogue Nation. I remember listening to him tell the story at CinemaCon about how he had special contacts made to keep his eyes open for the scene where he hangs onto the side of an A400m Airbus. He said the plane went up to 5,000 feet before it came down. He also thrills us with spectacular driving in a car chase in a BMW M3 with co-star Simon Pegg. I recall Simon saying that he did not have to act in the M3, he really was screaming. New the franchise is gifted Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson who plays IIsa. She brought her own story, independent of Ethan. Make it your Mission to Cruise to Cinemas to see Rogue Nation. ~A.S. MacLeod

The 5th installment in the franchise definitely continues the tradition of highly entertaining spy films. Tom Cruise proves that he is ageless as he performs most of his own stunts and executes his lines with perfection. Jessica Chastain was the top pick for the female lead, but she was not willing to comply with the 6 month training schedule so Rebecca Ferguson rose up to the challenge. For many reasons, I believe that she was perfectly cast. The screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, a long-time Cruise film collaborator, not only incorporates themes from the four previous films but also stays true to the use of the TV series concept of the Syndicate. The camera work was top notch and kept pace with the outstanding action scenes. This the first film to be released using Arri’s new 6.5K Alexa 65 camera and its use with the extended underwater sequence is absolutely amazing. With its perfect casting, spectacular story, and breath-taking action scenes, MI: Rogue Nation is this summer’s hottest film and you should race on into the theater to see this one! ~Movie Buffette



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