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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
August 4, 2015, 3:03 pm
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Director: Christopher McQuarrie
3.5 Stars
Mission Impossible - Rogue NationMuch of the dialogue in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation involves the topic of free will. Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) may be Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) most unstoppable adversary yet because he seems capable of predicting the hero’s every move, or at least what the ultimate outcome of his actions will be. Thus, Lane operates under the assumption that there are no surprises when it comes to a man of great character. In that sentiment, there’s a great metaphor for the latest installment in the two decades running Mission: Impossible franchise. Predictably, Rogue Nation involves a number of death-defying stunts, light character comedy, and international travel, but there is still the occasional surprise to be found. Rebecca Ferguson, as a British agent with ever-shifting alliances, is a knockout–written as Hunt’s equal, and performed with an icy ambiguity that keeps audiences guessing. And even if the image of 53-year-old Tom Cruise strapped to the side of a plane was highly publicized before the film even made it to theaters, it is only the first of a number of gripping set pieces, the most beautiful of which occurs during an assassination attempt at an opera. Christopher McQuarrie is the least distinctive of the directors that have been attached to the series, but the ever-revolving director’s chair might be responsible for the series’ longevity and the distinctiveness of each film’s set pieces.

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