It’s been a while since a movie review, and this movie was too super awesome to not write something about. So here is my write up. 🙂
Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation: Movie Review
With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt out in the cold, a new threat — called the Syndicate — soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust, a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.
What I thought:
Now, I’m not a long-time MI follower. I only jumped on a couple of months ago to watch Ghost Protocol (the previous one) with my brothers and dad. I didn’t have time to stick a review up for that one, but I really thought that the upcoming movie would have a hard time beating it.
And wow. Beat it it did.
Even my mom and Squink, who aren’t huge action movie people, loved this.
I’ll go from a story-writer’s point of view first.
The pacing was par for an action movie, aka: really fast, but it was still awesome. The bad guy and bad guy plan were both really well thought out and creepily efficient. One move of his in particular was really a cruel touch that made me wince for the IMF. You’ll see when you get there. Just, ow, for Ethan and Benji.
There are so many dead-end moments brilliantly resolved I don’t even know if I can count them. Just, from a writer’s perspective, that was the best element.
The gadgets weren’t as numerous as in the last one, but thankfully, there aren’t any cliché gadget cop-outs. Technology works against them the majority of the time and only the absolute necessities are provided for. Still, there are a few pretty stinking awesome things in there. 🙂 (Teeny spoilers: Flute rifle and computer book. Okay. I’ll stop.)
And the characters. Anyone watching can definitely reap the benefits of watching established characters in an established team totally be awesome through the whole movie.
Ethan Hunt is a ridiculously cool spy-dude. Pretty much he’s the one I was staring at through action parts going “Whoa, cool!”. The guy’s got some serious stunts.
And he’s actually nice to people. Good guy people, I mean. Saving any friend or innocent bystander is such an engrained, gentlemanly habit that the bad guys constantly abuse it and use it to their advantage.
Ilsa Faust is… confusing. I mean, not in a bad-writer way, but she’s part of the puzzle. A really well written character, but I won’t say anything about where her loyalties lie for spoiler reasons.
Brent and Luther weren’t given a lot of screentime, but they were still fun together.
Brent is a little uncreative and hesitant, but very single minded. A great practical member for the team.
Luther… I didn’t get to get a lot of info on him, really. But it’s obvious he’s really a longstanding member and friend, so he was nice to have.
They form sort of the tentative friendship because they both have Ethan in common. Their banter is hilarious when they’re working together. I enjoyed them a lot
And, my favorite character, Benji. 🙂
His reactions to everything are just so fun to watch. He’s pretty accepting of most crazy situations, but there’s always the humorous eyebrow raise or jaw drop.
He plays off the comedy of a situation well and I laughed out loud at quite a few parts.
And Benji isn’t just there for comedy. He’s still capable with a gun and amazing with technology stuff. Tech expert characters are always fun. 😉
Benji is just awesome.
There is an astonishing lack of bad stuff to choose from here. Really, my eight-year-old brother was able to hang around for most of the movie.
There is one part after an underwater expedition where the girl is putting on a dress in her underwear. But her back is to the camera, no one really pays any attention (trust me, they have other things to worry about) and it only lasts for a second. Mom and Dad saw it first, so we just looked away at that part.
So, there’s that, and a short knife fight. Those were the two most questionable scenes in the whole thing.
I’d determine the age of who could watch this by how much suspense they can take, because believe me, it is really intense, high-stakes stuff. Just be ready for an adrenaline rush. 😛
Well, there you have it.
For obvious reasons, Mission Impossible 5 will be taking its place among my all time movie favorites.
So, have you seen MI5? Please talk to me in the comments! I’d love to discuss characters and story elements and such.
This blog post will self destruct in 5… 4… 3… 2…1…
Just kidding. 😛