Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Published by citadel on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 02:30
West Coast Midnight Run's editorial and exclusive video music presentation of Mission Impossible starts with this piece with Black Betty and Ram Jam adding an uncanny polish to super spy super sleuth Ethan Hunt and his adventures on the road in his newest chapter; Mission Impossible Rogue Nations starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg.
Although the smaller version is tantalizingly naughty, we urge you to view the full-size clip at MidnightTracks.net to enjoy the full scope of this editorial effort. We don't want to make you cry, we aim to blow you away. This piece and the upcoming follow-up we hope, along with our 10-piece Furious 7 editorial presentation, will accomplish the goal.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION FILM REVIEW
The Mission Impossible team returns with a vengeance this year, at a power clip so high it could easily topple its longstanding benchmark debut film of 1996 (grossing $458 Million worldwide in 1990s dollars), and its brilliantly polished successor, the almost flawless MI-2 (released in 2000).
Mission Impossible's opening sequences immediately set the tone for an adventure closer in style to the very first movie.
What's in the bag for audiences? The big surprise is the anti-IMF agency, The Syndicate, an organization straight out of the James Bond book of top shelf villains.
Only The Syndicate in MI-5 is a little less obscure and more in line with Black Ops groups portrayed by rogue organizations in movies such as the Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) series - a tad more concrete and grounded.
In typical IMF fashion the movie moves from one set of spectacular action sequences to the next, all the way to the "all ends well" finale leaving the viewer with a smile and a satisfied feeling of a solid ending. Our heroes having faced another deadly enemy, a mystery to tackle, jostling the viewer from one exotic international locale to another - the trademarks of a well-made IMF movie.
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt returns with Jeremy Renner (Bourne Legacy and The Avengers Age of Ultron), Simon Pegg (Star Trek, ST Into Darkness) and Ving Rhames as the "Fantastic Four" core IMF team. While Cruise and Pegg practically steal the spotlight in this adventure, along with new member Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Renner and Rhames still dock in some enjoyable scenes as second fiddle.
In Rogue Nations, the IMF team is on the brink, sandbagged by multiple, highly respected international spy agencies. Even though James Bond never sets eyes or Walther PPK on Ethan Hunt, the most delightful aspect of Rogue Nations is the IMF's toe-to-toe with MI-6, 007's boss.
As has been the case with every Mission Impossible movie, at the core of each adventure is the big Houdini magic trick - the escape from the deadly water tank show. Mission Impossible Rogue Nations is true to form. The Houdini showpiece is the signature act that gives the Mission Impossible the "impossible" brand image. Of course it's nothing as disgustingly graphic or gruesome as the opening act in Saw VII where two men and a woman are strapped down to electric saws in a glass box and the game is a tug of war over who gets sliced into two in front of a public square crowd - where the police takes forever to arrive and shoot down the glass.
The Houdini Act in the second Mission Impossible movie? It was the death defying dive from a helicopter straight into a ventilation shaft of a high rise building into the central computer core vault whose invaluable data is needed to hook and sink the villain. This is where the M.I. team unfurls its extreme specialty skills and pole vaults the viewer several steps up in excitement from the regular spy fare. There are minimal gadgets and the stunt hinges on taking deadly risks, clever planning, super precision, and sheer dumb luck.
The Houdini piece in Rogue Nations eerily echoes MI-2's breathtaking sequence but then this is a specialty black ops team, they come into play for precisely these types of scenarios - the audience should be prepared that each installment will have a very similar scenario, the impossible trick that the IMF team will pull off, or not, depending on the storyline.
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation plays this piece beautifully and factors in Ethan Hunt's less than optimal physique.
Are there any clunker moments in this film? The most notable is the first setpiece that creates the counterweight to the entire film. To further elaborate, one of the world's largest intelligence agencies is presented as if its senior leadership has never dealt with Black Ops organizations, and comes across to the audience as a snotty dilettante who does everything by the book - crossing their P's and dotting their Q's just like a bunch of old fashioned CPAs or the Hanes Quality Inspector.
All in all Tom Cruise and friends turn in a highly satisfying adventure that should put his pal and competition, 007, on the defensive. Will Bond, James Bond, match the game of Mission Impossible? We're looking forward to his dealings with Spectre.
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