Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
First things first, my wife and I decided we would do a weekend of Mission Impossible to refresh our movie memories as to what was going on. So starting at the cinematic beginning, we took ourselves back in time to 1996, nearly two decades to a time when effects weren’t as good and acting was sometimes super cheesy. So I guess for us, the first film hasn’t aged well. The second was a bit weird, thanks John Woo. Then we saw JJ Abrams come in and save the day with the third installment and from there on in they have only got better. Rogue Nation is no exception. This is another step up and certainly forward in the right direction.
The Mission Impossible franchise seems to be taking over from where the Bond franchise used to live. Action with some good laughs and a whole lot of fun. These are films that bring the tension not with being overly dramatic and dark, but instead with tense action-filled moments that have you holding your breath and sitting on the edge of your seat. You get a taste of what is to come from the trailer when you see Cruise hanging on the side of a plane, riding motorcycles without safety gear and diving into some weird spinning vortex of a water pump thing. (A cautionary tail, please do not try these at home, especially if you own your own weird spinning vortex of a water pump thing.)
I guess for me personally, there is a very important element to the making of these films that resonates well with me. That is the fact that Tom Cruise does his own stunts. We’re not talking about a few small fight scenes or riding a horse etc. We’re talking about hanging on the outside of a taking off plane sort of insanity. Here’s a clip of Cruise talking with Fallon on The Tonight Show about the stunts on the film.
To put it into perspective, Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt climbs on the outside of a flying airplane (an Airbus A400M) without the use of special effects or a stunt double. At times he was suspended on the aircraft 5000 feet in the air (1.5 kilometres). And the question I know you are asking yourself is, how did he not get hurt? Well, Tom Cruise was injured 6 times during the making of the movie. Talk about commitment.
It's good to know that Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg performed all their own driving stunts.
Plus had a little on-set battle going on. Here's a clip about it from The Tonight Show.
Now I started talking earlier on about how MI has kind of taken the place of the earlier Bond films. The first 18 or so Bond films were rather humorous in their style, with the bulk of the comedy coming through innuendo and sexually charged scenes. Here we have the comedy, however it is in a more all ages friendly format. A film that doesn’t take itself too seriously all of the time. Although one reality check comes from Cruise crashing off his motorcycle at speed and then stands up with hardly a scratch or rip in his jeans and silk shirt. Of course perhaps a lot more of the film has an unbelievable feel to it at times and yet for this film franchise you’ll suspend your disbelief.
Then of course you have the rest of an outstanding cast. Simon Pegg brings the laughs Ving Rhames has the attitude and Rebecca Ferguson brings the sexy and strong female role model. She rides motorcycles fast, shoots like a sniper and is by far plenty of steps above the usual Bond girl.
The perfect blend of crazy stunt filled action, with plenty of laughs set on a reasonably solid storyline. Great entertainment and exactly how the blockbuster should be.
DVD Releases: 2nd December 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 132 minutes
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 132 minutes
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames
Director: Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Day of the Gun)
The film directly jumps in from the previous film, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), which ends with Ethan prepping his team to investigate the Syndicate, the mysterious, antagonistic, organization of this film.
The original release date was set for December 25, 2015. However Paramount pushed forward the release date to July 31 to avoid competition with Spectre (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all five films in the franchise.
Tom Cruise stated in an interview that it was his intention to do the stunt hanging onto the Airbus A400M in a way to outdo himself after the Burj Khalifa climb stunt in the previous film. However, his idea raised objections due to safety by the crew. Being a certified pilot himself, he wanted to get the feel of being out on the wing or on the side of the airplane. A major obstacle to filming would be bird strikes and wind resistance on the runaway. To capture the action, a wind-resistant custom frame for the camera was built and mounted onto the left wing of the plane. The other major problem would be keeping Cruise's eyes open in the presence of hard air and runaway particles, so his eye specialist designed a special lens that can cover the entire eyeball. Eight takes of the stunt were filmed. Christopher McQuarrie was very concerned that the actor could panic out of the sudden but was assured by Cruise not to stop the filming each take until the stunt routine has been finished.
The Syndicate, the evil organization which features in the film, were the regular antagonist in the original Mission: Impossible (1966) TV series. They were also mentioned briefly in the final scene of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
The subtitle of the film (Rogue Nation) caused a small conflict between Paramount and Disney, which announced its Star Wars spin-off, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (2016), at the same time. Both production companies came to an agreement: in exchange for use of the title, Disney wouldn't promote or release any promotional materials of its own film until Paramount's film was released.