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Haiku Revieu | Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation

Wednesday, August 12
Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation

Time for a mission
The IMF's in danger
Can you hold my shoes?

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.

WARNING: Possible spoilers ahead.

I think the Mission: Impossible movies are a lot of fun. There's action, there's intrigue, and there's Tom Cruise doing what he does best: being Tom Cruise, Actor. (Tom Cruise, IRL Person, isn't as entertaining, and much more weird, in not a good way.) Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation fit this mold to a T, and does it well.

The premise of the movie is similar to the previous four—the IMF is on shaky ground for their "unusual" tactics, and they must prove themselves worthy/useful while trying to take down the bad guys. Something I really liked about this movie, however, is how it felt more like a team movie than just "Ethan Hunt and those other guys." Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and—in a much more limited capacity—Ving Rhames all reprise their roles as members of the IMF. Alec Baldwin joins the franchise in this film as the Government Guy Who Just Doesn't Get ItTM, but his character experiences growth over the course of the movie that is both appreciated and actually quite believeable.

Rebecca Ferguson joined the cast as the femme fatale who's motives/allegiance you're never quite certain of. I've never seen her in anything else, but I feel like she has a long career ahead of her. She pulled off the action scenes really well, and can act, too! (Unlike another lady action star I could mention ... but I won't because she'd likely kill me with her pinky finger.) I also appreciate that she's a beautiful woman, but not a waify supermodel. The idea that she could kill someone with her thighs is believable.

Of course, the high point of any Mission: Impossible movie is the crazy stunts, and Rogue Nation doesn't disappoint. I doubt any stunt will ever freak me out as much as the building climb in Ghost Protocol (Mission: Impossible 4), but there's plenty of great stunts and car chases to satisfy.

If you're in the mood for a great action flick with a good dose of humor—thanks, Simon Pegg—I highly recommend that you see this movie.

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