Directly after the events of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on a private mission to stop an ominous secret organisation called simply “The Syndicate”. The Syndicate is a counter-organization to the IMF, and had been pulling the strings behind the scenes for years toppling governments and creating global unrest with the annonminity of complete deniability due to the lack of evidence of its very existence. However with the IMF now disbanded due to their questionable missions and considerable collateral damage Ethan must go Rouge himself if he is to take down the Syndicate. Secretly enlisting his former colleagues Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg ) Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) into a rough IMF Team alongside Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) a mysterious woman who’s loyalty’s and true motives are unknown . All odds are against them with CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) and former boss William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) using any means he can to catch the team they are about to embark on their most impossible mission yet.
Going into Mission Impossible Rogue Nation I was not expecting it to blow me away like it did. The story line that follows directly on from Ghost Protocol was as fast passed and globe trotting as ever and it just jumps right in there, no real set up just bangs on and gets down to it! I had heard that Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg performed all their own driving stunts but the other stunts that Tom Cruse performed himself are just astonishing, hes an absolute nutter! This all added to that down to earth feeling of realism which you really would not expect from a MI movie! Simon Pegg is the most important person in the whole movie, his performance that balances humour without being silly and slapstick just brings the whole thing down to earth. Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson has to be the most beautiful woman I have ever laid my eyes on. Her wonderful balance of intellect, strength and exquisite beauty has to be one of the best performances of a female lead in a movie that I can think of… EVER. Sean Harris portrayal of antagonist Solomon Lane is fantastically cruel. Equal parts manipulating, menacing and evil all while looking normal, for lack of a better word.
Why did I chose this movie? It was a spare of the moment visit to the movies and after watching Ghost Protocol I wanted to see it soon after. Thing is I loved this movie, I loved it right from the start and until the very end! You got to sit through a lot of production company intros Bad Robot Productions, Skydance Productions, TC Productions, Paramount Pictures its endless and I was starting to wonder when it would actually start! It is visually stunning and exploding with some of the most dramatic and realistic action sequences I have seen in a long time and they do it without going over the top with crazy super human stunts. It is worth a watch, even if you are not a fan of the franchise I would still push you towards giving it a chance. It is made me want to go back and watch the original trilogy!