Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation positions Tom Cruise as the Energizer Bunny of leading men – he just goes on and on and on.  In the first few minutes of the film, he hangs on a plane.  Later, he rides a motorcycle at such a high speed and at such a sharp angle, that you start to worry about his knees.  He also spends a scary amount of time underwater, his body being pummeled by thousands of gallons.  But nothing breaks his cool.  This is a 53-year-old giving age the middle finger.

Which is pretty inspiring to watch – especially for people of a certain vintage like me.  But it’s not enough to make this latest installment of a nearly twenty-year-old franchise anything more than another industrial popcorn movie.  Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie delivers relentless action and a few good one-liners.  It’s fun while it lasts but little stays with you. 
This time around the IMF has been disbanded and super-agent Ethan Hunt, played by Cruise, is being hunted both by the CIA and the bad guys.  The dark side is led by Sean Harris who plays Solomon Lane – the head of The Syndicate, some sort of international organization of rogue secret agents devoted to spreading mayhem.  I couldn’t figure out what exactly these people wanted but they trot around the globe assassinating political leaders and disseminating nerve gas.  Of course they are followed by Hunt and his merry band of men – played by Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames.
The best thing in the movie is Rebecca Ferguson as the femme fatale Ilsa Faust.  She’s a full-bodied killer who matches Hunt at every step and puts her magnificent thighs to good use – breaking the necks of men with names like The Bone Doctor.  She’s quite fabulous. 
As are some of the stunts in the film.  But honestly, after a while, the action, the acrobatics, the international locations and the smart one-liners start to blur and a sort of Tom Cruise fatigue starts to set in. At one point Alec Baldwin playing the head of the CIA describes Ethan Hunt as the living manifestation of destiny.  It’s very funny though I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be.  But the line made me long for a little more wit and a little less showcasing of the machine that is Tom Cruise.  
Hopefully in the next one – I’m sure Cruise has one more installment in him.  


Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Anupama Chopra

  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Padmaavat

    Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Cast: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh Like his villain Alauddin Khilji, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a director with a ravenous...

    BMS EditorJanuary 24, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Vodka Diaries

    Director: Kushal Srivastava Cast: Kay Kay Menon Vodka Diaries is a film so preposterous that within a few minutes I started to feel a...

    Anupama ChopraJanuary 19, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour has Oscar bait written all over it – I’ll be surprised if Gary Oldman who plays Winston Churchill doesn’t win...

    Anupama ChopraJanuary 19, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Kaalakaandi

    What would you do if you were told that you had only a few months to live? If a doctor suggested,...

    Anupama ChopraJanuary 12, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Mukkabaaz

    As I exited the theatre after watching Mukkabaaz, I wondered, will any actor this year be able to top what Vineet Kumar Singh has...

    Anupama ChopraJanuary 12, 2018
  • M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

    Let me begin with the confession that I know absolutely nothing about cricket. I’m one of the few people in this...

    Anupama ChopraSeptember 30, 2016
  • Parched

    The best thing about Parched is that it dispels any notions you might have about rural Indian women being prudes. Rani,...

    Anupama ChopraSeptember 23, 2016
  • Banjo

    Somewhere inside Banjo is a sweet, spirited film about a band of slumdog musicians.  You can see it in the innovative...

    Anupama ChopraSeptember 23, 2016
  • Pink

    Three single, working women in New Delhi. In twenty-first century India, that one line constitutes a horror film. Pink is a...

    Anupama ChopraSeptember 16, 2016

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup