Tom Cruise jumps head first into action in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, a film that trumps each predecessor and once again cements its leading man’s place in Hollywood as a bonafide action legend.
We were lucky enough to catch an early screening of the flick, and have come up with five big reasons on why you have to line up at cinemas when it’s released July 31.
5. Retro cool
Rogue Nation is one very slick production, and director Christopher McQuarrie appears to have taken things back to the style and pacing of the original 1996 film, as well as drawing inspiration from the original series that aired from 1966 – 1873. This injects the film with a sense of 1960s spy noir cool, all the while incorporating elements of a high tech modern world.
4. A new director raises the stakes
One of the biggest things that Rogue Nation has going for it is its director Christopher McQuarrie. Not only is he regarded as one of the best writers in the business, but he has the gravitas and a style that harks back to the directors of the 1960s-70s like Peckinpah and Sturges. McQuarrie definitely raises the stakes for Ethan Hunt and the IMF, with an emphasis on intense set pieces that move both character and story forward.
3. Feeling the “need for speed”
Tom Cruise coined the phrase back in 1986, and with the film’s vehicular mayhem, the action star is certainly tearing things up again. Just as Cruise and McQuarrie did in Jack Reacher, Rogue Nation’s car chases are taken to the extreme with two of the biggest and most adrenaline pumping chasing scenes we’ve ever seen put to film.
2. The Ethan and Benji show
Disavowed and on his own, Ethan Hunt has to call in his trusty computer expert and all-around best friend Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) to help him crush a deadly enemy…and thank god for that. The minute Ethan and Benji are together again the action and hijinks begin, with each causing as much chaos for the other as possible. Cruise and Pegg have a strong on-screen chemistry, and it makes every scene between Ethan and Benji a joy to watch.
1. The most insane stunt ever
It was the trailer moment that had jaws dropping.
Cruise’s Ethan Hunt finds himself in a bit of a predicament suspended 5,000 feet above the air. Quite possibly one of the most nail biting scenes of recent memory and a must-see on the big screen.
Image source: Paramount Pictures.