It’s been just four years since the last Mission Impossible movie (Ghost Protocol) and you may remember my verdict was, despite being made by Cruise, it was Simon Pegg that nailed the film, making it what it was.
Well it seems like they listened as for the latest instalment, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, writers Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow), who also directs, and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) have almost gone for a buddy movie with Pegg and Cruise, the rest of the IMF gang only joining later on, hoorah!
I enjoy the MI movies. They’re a little bit predictable but they’re safe, harmless fun. They don’t pretend to be ground-breaking or set lofty heights they never quite reach. They follow a similar pattern to the Bond movies: big opening sequence, agents going against the grain, car chases, explosions, fights, and they do it well.
This latest movie sees Cruise and Co go up against The Syndicate, who’ve probably got some lofty heights of world domination, frankly, who cares, you know they’re going to lose. Sean Harris (Prometheus, Macbeth) plays the bad guy with Rebecca Ferguson (Wallander, Hercules) taking the ‘is she a good guy or a bad guy’ role that usually appears in these films. Jeremy Renner returns as the man in charge of IMF, Pegg as the techy and Ving Rhames as the muscle. They’re joined by a CIA working Alec Baldwin and a very funny Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rev.) as the British Prime Minister.
The opening action sequence (which is the bit on the plane you’ve probably already seen) is very good, Pegg once again stealing the scene despite the stunts by Cruise. Most of the comedic moments come when Pegg is on screen which is a strange juxtaposition with how all the other characters are but it does add some much needed relief to the movie.
The stunt sequences are very good, the fight sequences are well shot, nicely framed so you see the action rather than attempting shaky-cam close ups and miss-everything.
There’s the usual problems of course, BMW S1000RR motorbikes that don’t seem to be able to get away from cars in a straight line. Bad guys riding at extreme angles and speed with one hand whilst firing a weapon. Cars in end-over-end crashes and people walking away with a few scratches. All standard Hollywood fair that you need to look past. But look past it and you get a thoroughly enjoyable movie and a fine addition to the series. Not going to set the world alight, but that’s not what they’re meant to do.