Get ready for action as the gang puts the band back together from writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is under cover once again trying to discover who is responsible for a group called The Syndicate. While hanging from a pole he is rescued by the mysterious Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). Trying to get more information is a problem as Hunley (Alec Baldwin) succeeds in disbanding the IMF and Brandt (Jeremy Renner) isn’t happy.

When Hunley calls Ethan in and he refuses, a manhunt begins. The CIA turns to Benji (Simon Pegg) to find out who is helping Ethan. In Austria he once again runs into Ilsa who begins to give him clues to the mysterious Syndicate leader (Sean Harris) who has a plan that leads them both into darker territory.

Now Ethan must bring in Luther (Ving Rhames) as the final piece of the puzzle as the group has no choice but to go along with the demands of a terrorist!

Cruise as Hunt makes jumping back into this role look effortless as well as flawless. The film jumps into action from the very first scene which makes one wonder if Hunt isn’t a bit of a Superman really. One of the best parts about this character is that he gets smacked around or hurt and it isn’t covered up but instead he owns it – and with some humor whether intended or not.

Ferguson as Ilsa matches Hunt’s ability to kick someone in the face and take a slash from a very large knife and still come back for more. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a gal saving a guy from time to time but this lady doesn’t need to stick around for a “thank you” — it’s awesome actually.

Renner as Brandt hangs back watching the chips fall where they may. Keeping an eye on Hunley seemed like a full time job! Still, Renner is a smooth one and I can’t help but love that about him. Baldwin as Hunley is the guy you just want to smack. Why is he so dang good at playing that kind of role? I think it’s those steely eyes of his personally.

Harris as the Syndicate Leader is absolutely scary and creepy. The scratchy, low, monotone voice of his gave this character the right amount of bad guy to win me over. Rhames gets the opportunity to come in towards the middle but stays till the very end, another smooth character.

This is going to be odd I know but Simon Pegg is an absolute gem! In his role he is clever, a little absentminded, funny, loyal — there are just too many descriptors. It is hard to believe the first time I saw this actor he was fighting off zombies and now here he is being an important part of Hunt’s team and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. He proves time and time again that he can handle almost anything put in front of him in the way of roles and personally, I can’t wait to see what he does next!

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” four tubs of popcorn out of five. Granted the film runs 131 minutes but every minute is deliberate in the story telling. What I also enjoyed about the film was the light humor that popped up throughout the film.

The intensity is fantastic but letting a little steam out now and then really does make the film embraceable. The action sequences are well done and, dare I say, fun! This is definitely a extra large popcorn and soda to be shared roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns that really does make being in the theatre enjoyable.

Another of the things I enjoyed about the film is that it isn’t a one-man show by any stretch but instead a cast that takes the term ensemble to the maximum. Obviously Cruise runs the show but he does so taking the cast along for the ride — the entire ride.

Grab a group and prepare yourselves for a night of absolutely fun, excitement, action and adventure from the team that knows how to bring it!

In the end — just go rogue!



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