[REVIEW] Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) – ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

missionimpossibleroguenationfullmovieThe Mission: Impossible series is a rare one, where it actually found its footing and character several movies in.  The third movie is still the best, it established a great tone of action, intrigue and humour.  The fourth and this one continued that trend.  It seems like Mission: Impossible the series and this tone are the ones other franchises try to rip off.   Two examples are The Fast & Furious series, which pitifully tries to ape the suave and clever heists that take place in the IMF world.  Another is The Expendables series, which makes an even worse attempt at going after the light hearted humour.  It’s a good thing we have another M:I movie then to refresh quality.  Rogue Nation is not a let down.

In the fifth movie, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise, obviously) and his elite team of operatives are disbanded for being too reckless.  Meanwhile, another similar group (‘The Syndicate’) emerges, they have similar skills but different motives.  They’re baddies, extremists who want change and don’t mind killing a few civvies along the way.  They are led by Sean Harris, who routinely plays scumbag villains (you’ll know him when you see him).  So who else would take these pissants down but Tom Cruise, via high speed pursuits and breaking into secure facilities?

I took a jab at the Fast & Furious and Expendables series above.  However as far as negatives go about this movie, it shares something with them.  The weakest part of Rogue Nation is the actual ‘Rogue Nation’/Syndicate.  Very little is said about them, at least of substance.  We’re taking the good guys’ word for it quite a bit and they, as baddies, are underdeveloped, just like the former two franchises.  And like too many a movie, the story is too keen to separate them as bad guys from western governments.  As if to say, we don’t fuck you over, not us!  I don’t want to use the term cardboard or trope, but it was verging close to that.   The Bourne series for example is more up front with that – the scumbags in that movie are who we all know them to be.  I was also mildly pissed at the screen time given to Ving Rhames and especially Alec Baldwin (yeah, here’s in there too).  The movie keeps ahead of these faults though with brilliant set pieces, action, racing and humour.  That’s where these movies excel.

Take the chase scene in Morocco, with a BMV (there are quite a few of those in this movie, hmm…) chasing high powered motorbikes.  This is sublime action that you really shouldn’t miss and I am pleased to report that the usual ‘shaking cam’ diagnosis is good.  Things happen.  You see them happening.  A lot of it looks practical too, but a lot of it doesn’t.  Elsewhere, when Rogue Nation attempts humour, it is effective.  Take it from me, a cynical crank, Rogue Nation hits the right funny bone notes and, more importantly, doesn’t overdo it.  Like all good comedy, leave the stage when you reel ’em in.  One other thing, it’s nice to see Cruises’s Ethan Hunt appear vulnerable, let it be said that after Rogue Nation, the character can be seen to bite off more than he can chew from time to time and feel the pain when colliding with something, whether it’s concrete or someone’s fist.  Other A-listers in ‘similar’ movies appear to want to come off as invincible super heroes.

If I could some MI:5 in one line, God damn, I hope that chase inspires other movies to use motorcycles in set pieces.



  1. jim

    August 2, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    No…I hate the weird little fella….can’t get past that.

    • The Night Rider

      August 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      I understand the hate for Cruise. But my dislike for the man has kind of abated in recent years. Partly on account of his serious he takes his action sequences. I’d say there’d be fisticuffs in minutes though if someone was forced to live with him.

  2. Andymovieman

    August 3, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Good movie. I just saw it in theaters and it was as good as the first four. That’s what the expendables needs is a criminal organization to fight against like the syndicate in this film.

  3. AlTeo

    August 3, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I would give it a 6-6.5/10, IMO not bad, but it left a bit to be desired, specifically with the opening plane scene and yes, scenes involving Rhames and Baldwin.

    That said, the action was nicely done, Cruise is clearly on his top action form, and I find this slightly better and more enjoyable than Ghost Protocol, which i thought was too over the top at times.

    Can’t beat Jack Reacher though.

    • Mars farting khan

      August 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Haaaa the 4th one is the best

    • Mucho Macho

      August 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Jack Reacher is underrated.
      and one of its biggest accomplishments of the movie..Jai Courtney did not suck in it😉

    • Barney Ross

      August 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Jack Reacher sucked. MI5 = 5.5/10

  4. Lt_Cobretti

    August 3, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Great action flick, probably the most consistently entertaining of the whole series. Villains could have been a little more present and Renner and Rhames needed more to do in terms of action, but those are minor complaints.

    With this, Kingsman and Spectre coming up I don’t think there’s been a better year for spy films.

    • Lt_Cobretti

      August 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Jesus and The Man From U.N.C.L.E which also looks good

      • Barney Ross

        August 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

        Looks like PG13 shit to me.

  5. Mucho Macho

    August 3, 2015 at 10:15 am

    No Shaky Cam!
    Thank You Christopher McQuarrie
    A big Budget movie where you could tell what was going on.
    it did not look like the movie took place during an earthquake
    Fuck Shaky Cam!

  6. Mucho Macho

    August 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

    The problem is Simon Pegg & Ving Rhames have the same purpose on the team, Tech guys. So Rhames has been pushed to the side which is unfortunate because I think he’s cool and I wish he would have gotten to do a little bit more in this movie.
    Renner was rumored to take over the franchise from Cruise at one point and now his character is a liaison between IMF and the CIA. But it was ok.
    *it’s an entertaining movie. Cool action movie. This series is almost 20 years old!
    & it’s 5/5 IMO
    Gotta show respect.

  7. Mucho Macho

    August 3, 2015 at 10:30 am long as we’re talking about Tom Cruise, let me say this..
    I don’t care about the haters and all the critics ..damn it! I love this movie “Cocktail”
    It’s a movie about bartenders, it has a cool soundtrack featuring the classic from the Beach Boys “Kokomo”
    Bryan Brown co stars ( a cool underrated actor) you got Kelly Lynch’s ass in a thong, plus Elizabeth Shue’s boobs.
    I know the movie is cheesy but certain movies are like nachos.. they’re just better with cheese…and this is one.
    “Cocktail” is an 80s great!
    That’s right👍

    • jim

      August 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Not a hater.More a sceptic. Browne is terrific and he is the only reason to watch Cocktail.Check out a flic called “My Talks With Dean Spanley”.

      • Mucho Macho

        August 3, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        -i know ur not a hater Jim. I know u got cool tastes in stuff. I just like some fun stuff as well & i try to break through your Charles Bronsonesque walls..hahaha
        “Cocktail” rulez! I’ll turn this crowd over to my side.😈🔫
        -i know the”…Dean Spanley” book is beloved. I havent watch the movie. I got sooo much shit i wanna watch. I would love to quit my job and my girlfriend support me..I just sit on the couch and watch TV and movies all day..thats the dream!
        – i used to love Brown’s “FX” movies with Brian Dennehy ( manly man)
        Btw..another Brian Brown masterpiece..”full body massage” where Mimi Rogers’s big boobs are on display throughout the movie.

    • Barney Ross

      August 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      It is a chick flick, but try to watch it with a girl, she’s gonna suck your dick before the middle of the movie, FACT! it gets girls horny, try it, feel it, enjoy it!

      • Mucho Macho

        August 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        it’s a polarizing movie.. but dammit!!
        I’m on the right side of the argument!
        i love the movie “cocktail”
        It is a manly movie..about guys getting laid, serving drinks, moving up in the world & stuff.😎✌
        *btw mr. Ross, you are right,it does get girls horny. one of my exes used to love the movie and gave me the DVD as a gift. I kept the DVD but not her. She was good in bed but a bit of a psycho. by the way if “cocktail” is a chick flick, it’s better than anything Nicholas Sparks has ever written.

  8. Barney Ross

    August 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Mission Impossible 2 had the best action scenes of all mission Impossible movies thanks to the legend JOHN WOO. MI2 was actually filmed R RATED then they cut his movies and it became another PG13 Hollywood shit…….

    MI2’s story might have been crappy, but the action scenes are way better than any other MI movies, FACT.

    • Jay Beezy

      August 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      The action sequences in MI2 didn’t really belong in an MI movie.

      • Barney Ross

        August 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        Funny you say that, MI5 has similar action scenes….

        John Woo is too good for Hollywood anyway

        • Jay Beezy

          August 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm

          Their filming styles were different.

          Woo put a lot of emphasis on the gun fu theatrics, fancy maneuvers and slo-mo, like the fire dove.

          • Barney Ross

            August 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

            Just watched MI5, MI2 still has the best action scenes by far, the first 3 MI are much better.

            MI2 had a weak story/script, but John Woo made MI2 the most spectacular of the series even with a poor story to work with.

            I like all MI movies, but MI5 is the worst one for many reasons.

  9. Jay Beezy

    August 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I disagree about 3 being the best. Abrams didn’t demonstrate his own distinctive style. At times it looked like he was copying Paul Greengrass after Bourne Supremacy. Brad Bird at least gave his own distinctive style.

  10. Goro

    August 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    For me third MI is the worst. Haven’t seen new one yet.

  11. Barney Ross

    August 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    MY REVIEW: I’m a fan of this franchise but i have to admit the old original TV show is way superior. Watched MI5 online for free as i don’t pay for PG13 movies anymore or i don’t watch them at all.

    The first hour is BORING as shit! The director is a noob he has no vision. Then there is a cr chase, not bad but nothing special, cool motorcycle chase though, but it felt like racing, didn’t feel like a movie. Then they started talking and talking again, i was bored…

    Baldwin is a fat pig and he almost ruined the movie. The girl is barely OK looking, her acting bored me, ugliest girl in the Mission Impossible movies right there with Hunt’s ugly wife.

    Vin Rhames was the best thing about it but he got a small role, WTF. Simon Pegg is an annoying piece of shit in this, just like most of the time. He’s better in comedies, not in an action movie.

    I had watched MI4 just a few minutes before watching MI5. MI4 was much better. I think the first 3 MI are way better, the 2nd has the best action scenes, the first 1 has the best story and the 3rd one is pretty good.

    5/10, to me this is the worst Mission impossible so far. Didn’t hate it but it’s not good enough for this franchise.

    Mission Impossible TV SHOW = 10/10
    MI1 = 9/10 (Best story, acting, spectacular action)
    MI2 = 7/10 (worst story, best action scenes by far)
    MI3 = 7/10 (Good acting, good story & action overall)
    MI4 = 6.5/10 (Good story, ok action)
    MI5 = 5.5/10 (Worst acting, boring story & cast, ok action)

    The 60’sTV show shits on any MI movies by far.

    MI5 is the worst one, while being OK, not a bad film, just underwelming and overrated.

  12. Barney Ross

    August 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I forgot to say, the vilain was fucking weak and annoying, just crappy in general. His voice reminded me of bale in The Dark knight, fucking shit hahhaha.