THE Mission Impossible franchise continues to go from strength to strength. The fifth installment, Rogue Nation,
THE Mission Impossible franchise continues to go from strength to strength. The fifth installment, Rogue Nation, will undoubtedly be highly anticipated by both fans and newcomers.
Promising big budget special effects, white-knuckle action sequences and boasting big name stars, this is the definition of a summer blockbuster.
The films have become so popular in recent years, upping the ante in the action stakes, that they have become solid rivals to the Bourne franchise and even James Bond.
Aside from the over-the-top set-pieces all audiences have now come to expect in action films, the main attraction is its hero. Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt arguably has more pulling power than two aforementioned protagonists.
The film opens with Hunt out in the cold after the Impossible Missions Force has been disbanded. But his team now faces off against a network of highly-skilled special agents known as the Syndicate.
These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks.
Hunt gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who may or may not be a member of the Syndicate, as the group face their most impossible mission yet.
After the skyscraper success of 2011‘s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which became the highest-grossing film of the series and the highest-grossing film starring Cruise, expectations will be, er, high.
But this, like all the other films, will be best enjoyed by those who leave reality firmly at the cinema door and allow themselves to be transported into a world of international espionage for more than two hours.
Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn provides light relief, as always, and the ever watchable Cruise is ably supported by Jeremy Renner, who has had a commanding screen presence ever since his stellar turn in The Hurt Locker.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is now showing at Henley‘s Regal Picturehouse.