Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is Thrilling Junk

Usual insane Hollywood spy thriller.

Why, did you expect a great, timeless work of art from the Mission: Impossible series?

Oh, puhleeze! Gimme a break!

Pushes the Envelope

But I gotta give you the big scoop right now – this shit (fifth in the Mission: Impossible franchise) is enjoyable drivel.

Right from the get-go, the unhinged stunts and impossible chases and relentless action in Mission Impossible 5 are incredible.

Kiddo, I mean I N C R E D I B L E. Comprende?

Tom Cruise leaping on to a moving aeroplane during the opening credits is the apéritif that whets our appetite to a string of Holy Cow stunts and OMG, heart in the mouth moments.

At 53, no amount of makeup can mask the eroding effect of age on Tom Cruise’s face but the man’s still got the mojo for heavy action.

Rotten as most American films are these days, Hollywood is still a gazillion years ahead in the action department.

While Bollywood action is still stuck in the simian screams and annoying antics of Bajirao Singham and Chulbul Pandey, Hollywood is widening the ‘action’ gap with the rest of the world.

The mano a mano fights, the car/motorbike chases and the aerial acrobatic stunts are impeccably executed in Mission Impossible 5 and push the envelope in the action domain.

The vast action crew, director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deserve high accolades for the relentless adrenaline rush that Mission Impossible Rogue Nation ultimately turns out to be.

Story? Ha Ha Ha

Now only those dim in the head worry themselves silly about stuff like story, plot, realism, acting and other such mundane stuff in a spy thriller like Mission: Impossible 5.

Just hop on for a wild ride and remember to hold tight!

This time Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise, of course) is saving the world from a gaggle of rogue intelligence agents from different nations who have come together under the umbrella of the Syndicate.

Led by a former British secret agent Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the Syndicate has enormous reach, skills and the ruthlessness to not even think twice before trying to ship dangerous nerve gas to nasty elements in a war zone.

To make Hunt’s work complicated, we have a Mata Hari in the form of Ilsa Hunt (Swedish actress Rebecca Fergusson) and the fratricidal bureaucratic turf wars between IMF agent William Brandt (Jeremy Renner)  and the CIA led by its pugnacious chief Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin).

Now is Ilsa on the side of the angels or a cog in Syndicate’s deadly machinery? Doesn’t matter because the Swedish beauty handles her role with great aplomb.

Filmed in Casablanca (Morocco), Vienna and London on a total budget of $150m, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a splendid visual feast.

Images of the Vienna opera, the underwater ‘profile card’ exchange and the motorbike chase on the winding mountain roads will linger long after you exit the movie hall.

If I have to whine about something, it will be that the chief villain’s character is under-written.

Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames round out the rest of the cast.

For a good dopamine rush, this summer you can’t beat Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible adventure.

In the wise words of, you’d be absofuckinglutely dumb not to watch Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

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