Who cares what Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation is about! All that matters is that you know you're in for an exciting ride, impossible feats are going to be accomplished, and there's going to be a face mask or two being put on or coming off. As the beat of that familiar theme song pounds through your body from the loud speakers at the cinema, excitement builds with the anticipation of what is about to unfold onto the screen.
The 5th Mission Impossible begins with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) saving the world yet again by intercepting dangerous nerve gas, which quickly takes us to that famous scene of him hanging on for dear life on the side of an aircraft. Not bad for a man in his 50s, though harnessed, still had over 250km an hour of wind to contend with, famously doing his own stunts.
Hunt is convinced all the disasters happening around the world has something to do with the existence of 'the syndicate' and he wants to dig deep to uncover them to find out what their ultimate goal is. However when he pitches his suspicions to CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), it doesn't quite go his way. Hunley believes the IMF is an agency of chaos and recklessness and that it's time it was disbanded and absorbed into the CIA.
Needless to say Hunt goes rogue to track the syndicate down, eventually with the help of his team they delve deep into the root of their beliefs. Along the way enter Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) who is as adept at being deadly as Hunt and on the wrong team. He's basically met his match and though she rescues him she keeps him on the edge, never knowing whether or not she can be trusted.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie who also directed Cruise in the Jack Reacher, this is the 4th time (he co-wrote and produced Valkyrie and co-wrote Edge of Tomorrow) he's worked on movies where Cruise is involved. Under his direction we are taken to Vienna and London with filming also taking place in Morocco.
I must admit I do like the way the puzzle unfolds in every Mission Impossible movie and come what may, when all is said and done, I enjoy the action and intricacies of the way the plot unfolds, sometimes in so many clever ways. A tried and true formula, I was definitely engaged and would give it a 7 out of 10.