Movie Reviews: Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation




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     Paramount: (2 hr. 12 min.)
     A covert team undermines the IMF
     Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin
Bottom Line:

Laurence Washington

I’m officially back on the “Mission Impossible” bandwagon. I had high hopes for “MI:III” (‘06) after the two previous “Mission Impossible” films. But I was so disappointed with “MI:III,” I never gave the fourth installment a chance. Don’t worry, I’ll catch it on cable.

Now comes “Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation,” an adrenaline-pumping thrill ride from the opening credits to end. As a bonus, there’s an excellent storyline that doesn’t suffer from action sequences, where lesser movies use action as filler. There are no false moves in “Rouge Nation.” Every scene is believable from Tom Cruse hanging on the outer fuselage of a departing jet, to high-speed motorcycle chases and claustrophobic underwater sequences.

The plot seems simple enough, however, things are never what they seem in “Mission Impossible” movies. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and the IMF team (Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg) have been shutdown by a congressional oversight committee that believes the IMF is running unsanctioned covert operations.

In reality, declared dead IMF agents have built their own counter intelligence network, and have been undermining Hunt’s team for years. As a result, Hunt goes after the rouge agents through a maze of spies and counterspies that will keep you guessing whom is on whose side – especially British spy Iisa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Hunt’s love interest. “Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation” is easily one of the best popcorn movies of the summer.

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