Let me start by letting you know that I was in a really bad mood when I went to see Rogue nation, sure to be one of the biggest movies of the year. I had reservations about seeing it in such a mood, as I feared my enjoyment would be affected, but a friend persuaded me to do something other than sit at home stewing. Within 2 minutes of the film starting, my bad mood had gone and I was thoroughly enjoying watching Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane during take-off, as yet another IMF plan goes typically astray.
From which point comes the main subplot of the film, that as a result of the IMF’s plans’ tendency to go astray and lead to major property damage, Alec Baldwin is lobbying to have the IMF dissolved and incorporated into the CIA under his command. This makes for some entertaining dialogue, but obviously comes secondary to the main ‘plot’, about a team of disaffected operatives from spy agencies across the world, and is very much secondary to the action sequences.
Much has been made in the press about Tom Cruise performing 100% of his own stunts in this film. It’s easy to believe this to be true, given that his face is very visible for much of the time, even during some ridiculous stunts. I could say all sorts of things about the dialogue, actors, characters, but we all know that in this genre, these are what have to carry the film. And so we have aerial stunts, car chases, underwater sequences and fight scenes, all conducted brilliantly. The car chase scenes particularly impressed, being very reminiscent of Luc Besson in style.
In the end, I left the cinema far more cheerful than I went in, and would happily see this film again.
2015 is already a year with more than its fair share of spy films, with Man from UNCLE and Spectre still to come, but Mission Impossible is one of the better ones so far and well worth a watch.
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