Ethan Hunt and the gang are back to help stop an international crime ring called The Syndicate. During a routine (well routine for IMF) mission, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) boards a plane by riding the side of it. Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) work quickly to try to disable the plane but are locked out. After a little help, Hunt makes it inside the plane. Back in Washington D.C., William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) is attempting to defend IMF’s methods to a group of old crusty politicians. With pressure from the Director of the CIA, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), the IMF is disbanded and absorbed into the CIA. However, Ethan Hunt refuses to quit his search for a way to bring down The Syndicate. While picking up information in London, Hunt is gassed and his assistant murdered by a mysterious killer (Sean Harris). He wakes up to find himself in a room with a beautiful and equally mysterious woman (Rebecca Ferguson). She is accompanied by a group of former members of elite spy organizations that are all presumed dead. With a little help from the mystery woman, Hunt escapes. Disavowed by his own government, Hunt begins to bounce from country to country, always a step ahead of the CIA. He is drawn in by the mystery of the man who tried to kill him and the woman who freed him. With some help from his former team, Ethan Hunt must find a way to take down The Syndicate and find proof to give to his own government to keep the IMF from being shot on sight.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is intentionally a ridiculously over the top action film. In one particular scene, Ethan Hunt must hold his breath for 3 minutes in order to switch out a security card in a secure underwater vault. You’ve got to be kidding me. I don’t know how intense these criminal underground organizations are, but you mean to tell me they built a structure they can’t even do basic repairs on without the sacrifice of their people? A bit of dialogue even mentions that due to a special magnet no air tanks would be able to go into the water. British Agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) has some of the most unbelievable stunts in the film, and almost all of them are because of wardrobe choices. While she does take off her ridiculous high heels in order to help scale the Vienna Opera House, she is still wearing an elaborate flowy and brightly-colored designer dress. If you have to lift the hem to climb the stairs of an opera house, how in the hell are you supposed to be able to scale ladders and secret areas of the backstage area.
There is more than one scene in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation that focuses on just how awesome Ethan Hunt is. They are hilariously overwhelming, involving characters discussing Ethan’s amazing skill sets. I personally wonder if Tom Cruise has these recorded so he can play them back to himself when gets depressed. One is delivered by Alec Baldwin, and it feels more like a segment from 30 Rock than an actual speech.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is action adventure, plain and simple. If you turn off your mind and let the inconsistencies flow off your back like water off a duck, you will enjoy this film. If you are like me and try to figure out just how bad off Tom Cruise would be if he really had oxygen deprivation, you will find yourself scratching your head.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is now in theaters.