We’re lighting the fuse on this new addition of D&D Mixed Reviews. This time myself (Derek) and Denis will be looking at the newest instalment in the Mission Impossible Series, Rogue Nation. The review will be split into four categories; PLOT, PERFORMANCE, PRODUCTION and OVERALL FILM QUALITY. We’ll then end the review with a score of; SEE IN THEATRE, WAIT FOR STREAMING or PASS. But first let’s hear about the next impossible mission.
Rogue Nation picks up with the Impossible Task Force under fire from the rest of the U.S. government. While the groups actions have saved millions of lives, the damage left in their wake starts to pile up. After yet another international incident the team is officially absorbed by the C.I.A.
While this is happening, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is investigating a criminal organization, called the Syndicate, whose working in the shadows. Despite the lack of governmental support Hunt along with his crew Benji (Simon Pegg), Luther (Ving Rhames) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renrer) try to find the terrorist group.
Along the way the four run into Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) a MI6 agent undercover in the Syndicate. The five combine their efforts and try and eliminate the terrorist group before they can unleash their plan.
This film is lazy, not in it’s production but in it’s story. While the Mission Impossible franchise isn’t known for it’s amazing story telling, that isn’t an excuse to present a paint by number, dime a dozen action film. The dialogue isn’t cleaver, the characters don’t develop and basically everything you think will happen, ends up happening in the end. This film really just shows off how bad this summer has been for lacklustre story telling.
I thought the few early scenes were solid setups for what I was hoping would be an interesting and fun entry in the Tom Cruise runs film franchise. But then after the opening in comes the rest of the film that plays out so tediously, I found myself just getting bored, since most of the tension hinges on if the new lady is helping or hurting dear old Tom. The film then clumsily tries to end a few times before everybody just decides to go home and wonder what happened. Why was the elaborate Anti-IMF not at all related to IMF, even though they had access to IMF? Were any of the not-dead agents they recruited IMF? Cause I don’t recall that being said. Yea, just som’ bullll-shit!
It can’t be said enough that Simon Pegg is the life blood of this film. Even as he’s left to speak uninteresting lines in predictable situations he still manages to lighten up every scene he’s in. The rest of the cast however, seemingly goes through the paces. Don’t believe me? Leading star Tom Cruise barely even runs in this film, and running is basically his main acting skill. Additionally poor Ving Rhames ends up looking more tired then intimidating. At one point in the film he has to move through a crowd and it reminds me of myself after riding the treadmill for 30 minutes.
I didn’t have a problem with the cast, you can only go so far with a bad script. But whoever the hell they cast as the villain has a problem with mumbling. I mean why do modern villains think that talking weird makes them imposing or interesting to watch. Even well done villains do it along with horrible ones. I get you want to evoke a certain air of mystery or some other noir novel term, but speak up! I can’t give a shit about your dumb ass plan if you no speak properly. Thankfully, Tom was there…he’s very pretty.
It seems that most modern action film seem to focus so much on it’s production and set pieces that the major things like plot and characters are seemingly forgotten. There are several impressive stunts during the film, but no one better then Cruise’s hanging off of the side of a plane in mid-air. Sadly this moment happens early, and the rest of the movie is no where as impressive.
The action seemed well shot and worked well in the stunts. If the camera wasn’t placed in a flattering angle where Tom was clearly seen clinging onto a plane or driving a fast car, Tom would bring out Rain Man. Rain Man is a large cricket paddle with the face of Dustin Hoffman carved into it and signed by Steven Spielberg for some reason. The other end includes a pair of $3000 sunglasses from the film Risky Business with the words next to it “Risky Business”. If directors, actors, and various other production staff members decide to put the camera in the wrong area, improperly light a scene, or fail to give him an apple box to stand on, Tom whips out Rain Man. Then proceeds to hit them so hard that they begin to stutter and ask if the hot water burn baby. (…ok)
It’s pretty clear to me that I’m gonna get into arguments about this film. While the franchise is normally known for fast action and a fun premise, Rouge Nation just feels tired and boring. There’s nothing short of some impressive stunts that really kept me interested this time round. If you in need for more Cruise running, just rewatch MI3 instead. PASS
I didn’t fall asleep in the film so credit to that. But the franchise formulas are starting to make themselves overly obvious and played out. MI3 cleaned up the franchises formula and Ghost Protocol had fun with them. It would be nice if they broke it apart and did something completely unexpected and creative. But Tom won’t have that, him and Rain Man only want to swap out Directors and Writers with the assumption that they will paint the same picture with their own flair. Screw that, watch something else instead. Like just a photo of Tom Cruise… PASS
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation was produced by Skydance Productions, TC Productions and Bad Robot Productions. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures.