Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

The first four Mission: Impossible movies all sort of blur together in my head. I don’ot remember much about the first. I remember Tom Cruise climbs a cliff in the second one and there are a bunch of doves (thanks, John Woo!). I remember that the third one is awesome from start to finish. I remember that Jeremy Renner joins the crew in the fourth one, and they scale a building. I remember a bunch of masks being ripped off to reveal that *gasp* someone isn’t who they said they are! I remember liking them all. I remember thinking I’d probably rank them as 3-4-2-1.

All four may pale in comparison to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, however. The latest film is the smartest of the bunch, and a culmination of the first four films. It almost feels like it could serve as a final installment to the series, except that won’t happen (and shouldn’t happen!) because Tom Cruise doesn’t age, because these movies keep getting better and more exciting, and because Hollywood loves making money.

It’s frighteningly impressive how many massive action sequences writer and director Christopher McQuarrie jammed into the film’s 131 minutes. If you were to rank the year’s ten best action sequences, this film could have five of those ten. It’s bonkers. It’s like Rogue Nation is in a frenzy where it feels like it needs to constantly one-up itself. Guess what? WE ALL WIN.

Here’s all you need to know about how awesome this film’s action sequences are. You know that scene where Tom Cruise is hanging on the wing of a plane that’s taking off (that he actually did in real life because he’s a maniac)? That’s how this movie starts. It’s crazy that this is the baseline for the film’s action scenes, and also brilliant in that we’re not sitting there all movie, waiting for “the plane scene”.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is Cruise and the series at their best. In a summer filled with blockbusters and worthwhile spy movies, Rogue Nation is absolutely worth your time.