The fifth instalment in the "Mission Impossible" series just came out, and the popular verdict is that two decades in, the franchise and Tom Cruise have still got it -- and by it, we mean the same old plot-line. What has changed -- or rather, improved -- is the action sequences, which have consistently been updated to match the increasing demands of the audience.
"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" released in the US on 31 July, but will not reach the Indian theatres until a week later, on 7 August, and so, while you decide on whether to watch the movie or not, we went scouring all over the Internet to get you an unbiased compilation of the movie reviews from around the web.
The plot for "Mission Impossible 5" is quite basic; IMF has been disbanded, leaving Ethan Hunt aka Tom Cruise running an impossible mission to taking down some anti-IMF super terrorists all by himself. Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who is just the right amount of beautiful to be double agent, waltzes in – more technically, kicks her way in – saving Ethan from potential death traps from time to time.
With the help of his comic relief of a side-kick Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Ethan does a re-enactment of the hair-raising stunts and mouth-gaping action sequences that he has been performing in the four instalments before finally fulfilling the mission that only he is capable of fulfilling.
Here is the review round-up for "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"-
- The Guardian: 3 out of 5 stars
"This M:I is entertaining in its schematic way; it's impossible not to respond to the theme music on a Pavlovian level. There's a sentimental attachment. But like Tom in that almighty opening plane stunt, I'm finding it harder and harder to hang on."
- Coming Soon: 7.5 out of 10
"While Rogue Nation sticks slavishly to its overall formula (there's a mission which goes wrong in the first set piece which forces Hunt to go on the run from his own agency and the only way out is an impossible heist which puts Hunt on a collision course for the villain and the film's final set piece), McQuarrie does take the opportunity to play around with its pieces, from turning the tables on the iconic mission briefing to various switcheroos in the supporting players, putting them in new situations and forcing both characters and actors to stretch."
- Rolling Stone: 3 out of 4 stars
"Rogue Nation, succeeds best when McQuarrie channels his inner film geek and stages a spectacular shootout at the Vienna opera house that evokes Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much. This knockout sequence, in which Cruise fires up everything he has as actor and athlete, shows that Mission: Impossible still has gas in its tank even when its engine sputters."
- Forbes: Rating not mentioned
"With Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise has finally made Ethan Hunt into not just "Tom Cruise – Action Man" but perhaps the defining role of his long career. The twist is that it may be his most autobiographical as well."
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