Having properly followed the Mission Impossible film series since around the third installment (I’m not a huge fan of the first two because they are quite slow and not up to par with the last three in my opinion), I felt obliged to go and experience the fifth in the cinema, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The film was a trip from start to finish and my eyes were glued to the screen the whole time, except for when I went to the bathroom during the chase scene (I foolishly ordered a large drink. Should’ve known better than to order large in a movie over 2 hours long).
The film has an ensemble cast with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, Simon Pegg returning as Benji, Ving Rhames (who I recognised from ‘Baby Boy’ which I recently watched and realise is 14 years old!) returning as Luther, Jeremy Renner returning as William, as well as new additions to the cast; Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa (I thought her name was Elsa, as in ‘Frozen’ Elsa, but it’s not), and Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley.
The film was great for me because it was a good, honest action film. They didn’t try to sex it up, they didn’t try to swear it up, they didn’t try to overdo the violence (it was a bit violent actually, but it was needed to be fair) and as such created the perfect balance for a wholesome film with enough edge from all the action and twists to keep you interested.
The story itself was enough and didn’t rely on excessive special effects, there were amazing stunts, most of which the cast performed without doubles, and while I’m on the subject of the cast; they were stellar; each convincingly portraying their characters with ease. ‘Rogue Nation’ had the typical double (or in this case triple) agent in the form of Ilsa, it had the ‘which drive is the real one’ commotion, as well as the nail-biting bomb countdown, the ‘possible love interest who may or may not be trustworthy’ and the classic ‘Mission Impossible faux-identity face masks’ – all the ingredients needed to keep moviegoers chomping on their fingernails and clenching the edges of their seats.
For these reasons, I would rate the film a solid 5/5 and I actually don’t have any critiques for the movie, and would go as far as to agree with Variety and claim this to be the best installment in the M:I franchise. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can only hope that the scheduled sequel is just as good.