Tom Cruise and his team have figured out a formula that works for these "Mission: Impossible" movies, and part of that is making sure they can top themselves each time out. For "Rogue Nation," that means more action, more dangerous stunts that Cruise does himself, and more elaborate missions that seem even more impossible.
"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is wildly entertaining - so much fun I didn't care too much how dumb the story was or how predictable the plot twists became. At this point, Tom Cruise's spy Ethan Hunt is more superhero than human. The vulnerability and intrigue of the character from that first movie in 1996 are pretty much gone. But the classic Cruise charisma hasn't diminished a bit.
In this installment, Hunt has gone underground to take down something called "The Syndicate," a secret terrorist organization. He's getting help from his partner Benji, played by the wonderful Simon Pegg and there's a new character played by Rebecca Ferguson whose allegiances aren't always clear. Ferguson has the best female character this series has produced yet, and it's another solid addition to a summer that's been fantastically feminism friendly.
"Rogue Nation" has the most action of any of the "Mission: Impossible" movies so far, directed with a sure hand by Christopher McQuarrie. A motorcycle chase through Morocco is a testament to his talents.
Overall, I don't think this fifth "Mission" is as good as the fourth, and especially not the first. But I'll continue to watch as many of these as Cruise wants to make.