What better way to open the fifth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise than having the star cling to a plane on take off? Of course, this was the image mostly associated with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation however, I suspect many were not expecting it to be used in the opening scene. Of course Christopher McQuarrie using this in his opening scene got me intrigued to what other stunts he was going to pull.
Truthfully, the answer was none (well, barely any), but what he created instead was what I would consider a better product compared to the last film, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. That being said, the plot is still based around a mission (should he choose to accept it of course) is a seemingly impossible one (this is even named dropped into the film, much like the cringeworthy “Mission accomplished” at the end of Ghost Protocol), however the mission becomes a possible one with ease.
With the familiar theme kicking off the film as usual, however, this time round the theme is mixed in with intoxicating orchestral music throughout the film making it flow and helping the film along (including the scene in Vienna), this effect was also used in Jurassic World, adapting the original into their soundtrack and I thought it worked excellently there too.
Rogue Nation takes us on a journey all around the world as Ethan Hunt tries to track the notorious organisation known as The Syndicate, ranging from Cuba to Morocco to London whilst being hunted by CIA operative Alan Hunley. My favourite scene has got to the be the escalating thrilling ride at the Opera in Vienna, a three way shootout overlaid with a spectacular performance of Nessun Dorma. The drama built by this music amplifies the tension that grows as Ethan has to make a snap decision of shooting which Syndicate operative.
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames all reprise their roles from previous Mission Impossible films, with new casting including Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust and Sean Harris playing the antagonist Soloman Lane and not forgetting Alec Baldwin as CIA Director Alan Hunley.
Although I mentioned that there was next to no stunts like Ethan hanging off a plane, there is however an exhilarating car chase scene takes place midway through the film, which then turns into a motorbike chase. I thought Christopher McQuarrie directed this scene fantastically without going too over the top, but kept the pace fast enough to keep me entertained.
McQuarrie, having written the fantastically tense thriller The Usual Suspects, used this experience and adapted Rogue Nation into the tense, yet exhilarating ride that plays out on screen. Ultimately playing out with the three-way shootout in Vienna to the mission that is deemed impossible in Morocco.
The plot twist is nothing astounding, however, it keeps the story fresh and light when the true nature and of course, how The Syndicate was first created is revealed. Of course, this was the basis of Ethan’s ‘impossible’ mission and as he does this mission he tugs at the loose thread of The Syndicate’s jumper and it all starts to unravel.
Truthfully I am not the biggest fan of the Mission Impossible franchise and never rushed out to see the films, however, I really did enjoy this film. It had great timing and pace throughout the film and of course the edge of the seat blaze of glory that the car chase scene happened in was brilliant too. However, my favourite scene would be the showdown in Vienna. The action is barely anything but the thrill and the intensity of it unfolding is fantastic.