Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – **(*)

Posted: June 8, 2016 in 2015, Action, Spionage, USA, XX1/2

Ethan Hunt isn’t quite as iconic as James Bond. He isn’t charming or cool. He’s not parading around with fancy gadgets. And he has very few catchy one-liners. Yet all of the movies around his character are as entertaining, if not more entertaining, than the British spy movie series.

In this fifth instalment our rogue American spy is on a quest to bring down ‘The Syndicate’, an obscure group of former secret agents causing havoc all over the world. In the meantime the CIA was able to close down the IMF where Ethan works for, so he’s basically acting on his own and without any governmental support.

This instalment unashamedly copies the James Bond franchise. There are again several location shoots (a vinyl store in London, the opera in Vienna, the streets of Casablanca, …) and the chase scenes and fights feel like they were taken form the draft board of the 007 production team. There’s even a Hunt-girl! There’s just no sex.

But it’s entertaining. The action is good. The girl is pretty and kicks ass. Tom Cruise does what he has to do and somehow manages to not have the movie focus around him. Which is a feat on its own! It’s a bit overlong and the story sucks, but who cares? It’s over before you know it.



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