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Tom Cruise’s star power may have faded a bit from the days of “Top Gun”, “Born on the Fourth of July” or “A Few Good Men.”
He still makes one hell of a “Mission Impossible” movie though.
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is the fifth installment of this movie franchise and no question the best of the five.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and the rest of the Impossible Mission Force gang are trying to stop the Syndicate, a criminal organization that reminds me a lot of Spectre which James Bond is always trying to stop.
Back to help cruise are Brandt (Jeremy Renner in his second straight “MI” movie), Benji (Simon Pegg on this third consecutive mission) and Luther (Ving Rhames, who has been in every “MI” movie).
There’s also Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Ilsa, a disavowed MI6 (British secret service) agent, who helps the IMF force and has a stake in stopping the Syndicate.
Alec Baldwin plays Alan Huntley, the CIA director trying to disband the IMF force. One gets the impression that this is probably not the last “MI” movie and that Baldwin could return in the role. But hopefully that script will allow him to lighten up. He’s way too serious in the role and there’s more humor in this movie than in the previous installments.
However, the reality is that the plot is good and can be followed which I couldn’t say for the first two “MI” movies. The thing is you’re having so much fun watching Cruise hang on the outside of a jumbo jet, get into fights and get into car and motorcycle chases in different locales around Europe and elsewhere that if he were doing all that just to get some coffee and doughnuts, I don’t think you would mind.
And even if you haven’t seen the movie, you have seen him hanging for dear life on the outside of a jet as it is taking off in the TV commercial for the movie or in a coming attractions trailer. Yup, that’s him. There’s no stuntman and no special effects in that scene. Stories about that scene released before the movie came out said the jet went up to about 5,000 feet and that’s Cruise on it.
I encourage to accept this mission and have a great time at “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.”

RATING — *** 1/2 stars