TV series making the transition to the big screen has been all the rage for years, but more often than not they fall flat. When Tom Cruise teamed up with Brian De Palma to bring Mission Impossible to the big screen in 1996 no one could have imagined that it would still be going strong today. Now the Cruise and the team are back for the fifth entry in the franchise Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but can it keep the momentum set in the last couple of films or will it finally be a mission they just cannot complete?
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation follows the team as they set out to eradicate the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. With the first three films in the series the only returning actors were Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames and always featured an independent mission. With this entry it not only picks up where the last film left off at the end, but brings back the whole team besides Cruise and Rhames including Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner as well as adding Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson to the mix. With the last few films this series has really been finding its stride and while this one doesn’t really step it up it still maintains that same tone. Fans going into these films know what to expect and they deliver exactly what they want. As expected they kick the film off with yet another insane stunt that Cruise does himself setting the tone to the rest of the film. They take a creative approach to the original self destructing message this time around leading into the Syndicate organization, which fans will remember from the original series. This organization you would expect to be a bigger threat to the team, but it ends up not standing out any more than some of their previous adversaries. This could be just the beginning of their threat from the way it ended which in turn would make it all the better, but as a standalone it could have been built up to so much more.
With all of these films fans go in for the action more than anything else and this one delivers once again. There are a ton of great fight sequences, shoot outs and car chases that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Rebecca Ferguson steps into the series brining some cool sex appeal, but still is played as a bad ass female character as opposed to a victim. She has some of the best fight sequences of the movie and did all of them herself which makes it all the more impressive. The action delivers and there are all the twists and turns you expect, but the real treat here is seeing the other team members get more to do. Rhames still probably has the least amount, but is still gets put back on the forefront to get in on the fun. Renner is taken out of the action for the most part and serves a more point man, lead to the team which allows him to go head to head with newcomer to the franchise Alec Baldwin who looks like he might be here to stay. Simon Pegg probably had the most to do outside of Cruise and it made the film all the more fun. He not only got to play up the usual comic relief, but got in on the action and handled it like only he could.
This entry didn’t do much to takes things to the next level like the previous two entries, but it did keep the momentum alive and manages to deliver another exciting addition to the franchise. This current group work so well together that hopefully this one will do well enough that the already announced sixth entry into the series will move forward and bring them all back to the field for another mission only they can complete. In addition to the film this release also includes a variety of impossible featurettes taking you further behind their missions and the insane stunts as well as commentary from director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise.
Join the latest explosive mission when Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation hits Blu-ray Combo Pack on December 15th and on Digital HD now from Paramount Home Media.