Please be advised: Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation is the must-see film of the summer.
From start to finish, there was non-stop action with bits of comedy that brought out the laughter from the most stony-faced moviegoers. Due to its jam-packed action, it gave the “Mission Impossible” franchise a whole new meaning. MI: Rogue Nation is the fifth installment in the endless accelerating action-thriller series.
With the IMF disbanded and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, known as the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are determined on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.
The film’s cast consists of a few familiar faces such as, Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner. The film also brings several new faces into Ethan Hunt’s world; Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin.
Just like a snowflake, no two Mission Impossible films are the same. Every director who has come to the “Mission Impossible” franchise brings his own creative style. Even though the movies always follow the sequence of the spy genre, each film has its own character and personality. One thing for certain is that MI fans can always get the characters they like, a great bad guy, and incredible action sequences.
This time director Christopher McQuarrie brought his skills of suspenseful storytelling, while still paying homage to the characters many have grown to love.
“I wanted this film to pull together the Dream Team of ‘Mission: Impossible’ and give all the members of the IMF a major role. Each of the four movies so far has had a different team dynamic — but for this one, I wanted to reach back into the franchise to bring back the best of them all to create a kind of super group of players…of course starting with Ethan Hunt, but including Jeremy Renner’s William Brandt, Simon Pegg’s Benji and Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickell,” said McQuarrie.
He also aimed to take the series into unchartered territory. “Two things jumped out at me that we hadn’t seen before: a villain who was a real physical threat to Ethan and a strong, independent woman who would give Ethan Hunt a run for his money,” McQuarrie points out. “So those were priorities for me. I really wanted to bring in a woman in an equal role. Until now, women have played a more functional role within the IMF universe, but with Ilsa Faust, we’ve changed things up a bit.”
With the character Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Fergurson, he did just that. Adding that touch of estrogen to the series made the film much more exciting. Her independence and ability to kick every man’s butt in the film made her a well-respected and admired character by men and women alike.
“I think she’s an incredibly powerful actress and also incredibly charismatic. She exudes both elegance and intelligence,” Cruise says. “Chris (Christopher McQuarrie) and I talked a lot about what we wanted in Ilsa and we wanted a very strong woman, someone both powerful and mysterious who would have the audience leaning forward watching her, rooting for her and being a little shocked by her.”
Delivering heart-jumping scale stunts has been a part of “Mission: Impossible” since the original television series. But in order to keep an action film alive the actors must keep raising the bar higher and higher by completing bigger and better stunts, than ever before.
In MI: Rogue Nation, every stunt in the film was real. Multimillion dollar star, Tom Cruise completed one of the wildest stunts in his acting career, hanging on the side of a flying A400 plane. Attempting a stunt like that once may seem crazy to the “Average Joe,” and although the risk chilled Cruise to the bone, he repeated the gravity-defying stunt 8 times to assure McQuarrie would have all the coverage he needed.
Based off that stunt alone, Cruise, 53, shows no signs of slowing down. He keeps his fans on the edge of their seat by risking his life for his work.
“I couldn’t sleep the night before, and then came the day. I was like, okay, this is really going to happen. I was going through it all in my mind. I knew that once we took off, if something went wrong, no one could do anything,” said Cruise. He continued, “But on the day, I felt very confident with our team, with the pilot, with Wade … and when I got on the side of the plane I was very excited. I was thinking only about the audience, about the shots we were going to get, about the performance.”
Executive producer Dana Goldberg notes that Cruise is driven by a total commitment to full-scale action realism. “Tom likes to say these are deceptively hard movies to make. They might not involve a lot of high-tech visual effects, but instead of visual effects, you’re working with extreme practical action, lots of challenging locations, and it’s all very intense, hands-on work.”
From camera angles to chiller stunts, it almost feels as if you are a part of the action taking place on the big screen. To tell every aspect of how amazing this film is almost impossible. The best way to get the full picture is to see “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,” which will be released nationwide July 31, 2015. For more information regarding MIRN, go to http://www.missionimpossible.com/.