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Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation Review

 

  • Action
  • July 31st, 2015
  • 131 Minutes

 

Mission Impossible has been raising the bar for years on high octone action espionage films and with Tom Cruises latest venture with Mission Impossible Rogue Nation he has raised the bar yet again.

Rogue Nation pretty much follows as early on in the film Ethan Hunt (played by Cruise) who is captures by a group named the Syndicate who is a group of foreign rogue agents with alliances to no one. From there on Hunt gathers his team with the mission being to take down the syndicate until the CIA comes in and shuts down the IMF of which Hunt is a part of, rendering him a rogue agent wanted by not only the Syndicate but the CIA.

The story does it part to follow through with mainly taking a point to make sure action scene to action scene can flow freely and smooth. It never goes to deep into explanations or unneeded sub stories and often is moving at a fast enough pace to suspend disbelief on any plot holes that might arise.

What is the real meat of the film though are the action scenes which are even greater knowing the fact that Tom Cruise did every stunt by himself, often doing multiple takes until he thought they were perfect and to his liking. From hanging from aircraft’s, jumping and running off large objects or just doing feats that are great for his size and age are magnificent to watch. Though one might say it’s almost like watching Tom Cruise try to kill himself on film with what he does. Rogue Nation does make very memorable set pieces though including the opening action sequence and the motorbike chase, raising the scale for future action films this year to try and surpass.

On top of great action this film also showcases what any good spy film should have, great gadgets. From unlocking cars by using your hand print on the window, various tools that unlock doors, contacts that showcase info or books that actually turn into laptops Rogue Nation gives you many things in which you’ll soon wish was real and that you could have.

Tom Cruise does really showcase himself in this film as a just a complete balls to the wall action star, completely going the opposite of the quiet in the shadows spy rendering himself as the over the top agent. Simon Pegg as Benji, Hunt’s sidekick and often comedic relief does a great job and has a handful of effective one liners. Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust the rogue agent who teams with Hunt to help fight the syndicate does well working as both the female sex icon well also showing that she can be a badass female star in a mostly male driven film. Sean Harris plays our villain and while not being a huge man does a good job being the bad guy running everything from behind the scenes and I felt as if they handled him quite well as being a mastermind and not a muscle. Other cast members including Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames are provide great side roles.

Overall in terms of summer high end blockbuster action films you might not find one bigger or better then Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. It’s recommended in one of the highest ways.

 

Score :

 

9/10

White House Down (2013) Movie Review

White House Down (2013) Movie Review
White House Down (2013) Movie Review

White House Down (2013) Movie Review

Released : June 28th, 2013

Reviewed : July 9th, 2013

Genre : Action

Story (from IMDB) : While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

 

Review :

 

White House Down is turning out to be one of the best summer blockbuster action films this year. Going into it I had mixed thoughts based on the premise and how it would compare to Olympus Has Fallen that was released earlier this year and how having this one be PG-13 compared to Olympus’ R rating would fare for it. Happy to say I more than delighted afterwards.

You can’t really expect a deep story going into a film like this though. I could actually write a book detailing the over the top ridiculousness of the plot along with all the huge plot holes involved but I didn’t come into this expecting a deep story. The story follows Cale after a attempt to become a secrete service agent he takes his daughter on a guide of the White House. Soon after terrorists take over the White House while Cale’s daughter is off by herself using the restroom. Cale then goes on a mad dash to not only find and save his daughter but to save the President as well. That alone helps the story flow well enough with the non action sequences giving you enough of some story to at least movie it forward. Without giving away any spoilers either I’ll say the twist and “villain” for this movie though was a huge twist in the wrong direction. It only furthers the point of this movie surely can’t be taken for the story.

Thankfully the action is pretty much nonstop for this movie. Something is always being shot, blown up, chased, and punched. It essentially turns out to be Die Hard in the White House. The PG13 rating just makes it as to where you can see someone get shot but you don’t see the blood as to where Olympus Has Fallen had moments of pretty graphic violence. They always make sure you see whatever action is happening as there are no shaking camera moments or many off scene cut offs. For what the action dismisses in realism they easily make up for by making sure that every moment is over the top.

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx easily are another reason why this film is so enjoyable. Together they have great on screen chemistry and are constantly throwing lines off each other. Their dialog makes the film feel more laid back and comical often with Jamie Foxx coming off as a more laid back president. The rest of the cast however won’t be doing much for you. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Finnerty who upon  turning down Cale for the secret service ends up talking to Cale over a phone for most the movie. Maggie Gyllenhaal seems to pretty much just be playing the same role she always does.

In the end though you realize that even with a bad story with tons of ridiculous scenarios and plot holes that the action more than makes up for it. Add two very likeable main characters into the fray and you have a good summer action film. It just ends up being fun to watch and not think about. Well worth a viewing.

 

Score :

7/10