Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
written by Christopher McQuarrie
from a story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pierce
directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Rating: 2 / 4 – Okay
Is it me or does Tom Cruise look a bit… tired? The more I watched this fifth installment in the popular Mission: Impossible series, the more I couldn’t shake the idea that at this point in his career, Cruise was just, well, cruising. Sure, as secret agent Ethan Hunt, he precariously hangs from the side of a plane in Minsk, fights an assassin at an opera in Vienna, and is chased by high-speed motorcycles in Morocco, but for some reason he just seems kind of bored by it all (Cruise famously does most of his own stunts; now that he’s in his early fifties, maybe it’s taking a toll).
Or perhaps it has something to do with franchise fatigue. The previous film, 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, was surprisingly solid, full of memorable action scenes and great character interaction. But most of all – and probably for the first time since the original Mission: Impossible in 1996 – it felt exciting and alive, the perfect Hollywood blockbuster. In contrast, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation feels formulaic and safe. In fact, there’s no setpiece here that can match the first movie’s iconic CIA break-in (an amazing feat of direction by Brian De Palma) or even Ghost Protocol‘s scaling of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, both tense sequences where I felt Hunt was in real danger.
Maybe it’s time to hire Quentin Tarantino to direct Mission: Impossible VI.
Carlos I. Cuevas