Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Direction: Christopher McQuarrie Actors: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson Rating: 3.5/5
There’s no stopping Tom Cruise. The 53-year-old superstar shows no signs of slowing down as he reprises the role of Ethan Hunt in the fifth installment of the nearly-20-year-old blockbuster franchise. Much like the daredevil espionage agent he portrays, Cruise, who also produced the film, is still astonishingly agile.
In fact, Rogue Nation kicks off with one of those hold-your-breath set pieces with Cruise dangling precariously on the outside of an airborne plane. The actor continues to perform his own death-defying stunts too.
Accompanied by his colleagues (Simon Pegg-Jeremy Renner-Ving Rhames), the quartet must capture a wispy-voiced terrorist (Sean Harris) intent on world domination. A little too intricate for its own good, the script will likely leave viewers scratching their heads trying to decipher the true allegiances of an undercover femme fatale (newcomer Ferguson, oozing oomph).
Tom Cruise's stunts are the film's highlights.
But the pièce de résistance is an assassination attempt at the Vienna Opera House during the staging of Puccini’s Turandot. Expectedly, the spotlight is on the charismatic Cruise, who is abetted by eyepopping cinematography (Robert Elswit), crispy-clean editing and a propulsive background score. The global locations range from Belarus to Havana and London to Casablanca and add to the gloss quotient.
Should you choose to accept this Mission... be prepared for one helluva roller-coaster ride.