TL;DR – A surprisingly good entry into a long running franchise, who knew Tom Cruse could still be this engaging
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
So here we are the fifth film in a franchise which is something quite rare, even rarer is that it is the best of the franchise so far. So if you are unaware of what the Mission Impossible movies are all about let’s give you a quick rundown. The IMF is a secret intelligence organisation that takes on missions other spy agencies would find impossible, think of it like the American Bond (and the comparisons don’t stop there). This is the fifth instalment so there are a couple of things you take for granted when you go to see it, Tom Cruise is going to do some crazy stunt that even stuntmen would be like nope. A character is going to pull off their face to reveal that they are really someone else wearing a face mask, someone is going to get a message that will self-destruct in 10 seconds and Alec Baldwin is just going to be there to yell at things. All of these things happen and more, but the polish in which the actors, directors, effects people pull them off is remarkable.
This is a great film for a number of reasons, firstly the rapport between the cast is clear. Tom Cruise is in his element playing Ethan Hunt and even though Cruise is getting a bit old at this point he can really pull off the physicality needed for a role like this. Simon Pegg is delightful as Benji Dunn, the team’s tech support, he brings a manic yet endearing energy to the movie. Ving Rhames returns again (being the only other character to survive the all previous 4 films) as Luther Stickell and plays off really well against Jeremy Renner’s character William Brandt, all of the banter between these two characters is comedy gold. Newcomer Rebecca Ferguson is quite good in her role as Ilsa Faust and Alec Baldwin is always on point as Alan Hunley from the CIA. All of the cast work together really well and have that kind of chemistry that really helps make the film shine.
The stunts are amazing, in the first 5 minutes of the film you have Tom Cruise attached to a cargo plane as it takes off, and that is only the start. The locations are beautiful, Morocco and Vienna being standouts. The film is well paced and beautifully humorous in places and deadly serious in others without having a confused tone.
As I said this film in many ways feels like an American take on a Bond film, and if Skyfall has not just recently happened I would be calling M:I5 the best recent Bond film. In fact even with Skyfall M:I5 feels more like a Bond film than anything we have seen in a while. It has the gadgets, showing you can have the gadgets without being silly. It has the locations, in fact, there is a whole sequence set in an Austrian opera performance, just like Quantum of Solace and they do it much better in M:I5. As well as this it gets the tone of the old Bond films yet is able to modernise it for today’s audience.
Though not everything in the movie works as well as it could, the main antagonist of the film just doesn’t quite work. The filmmakers can’t seem to decide what sort of bad guy they want Sean Harris’ Solomon Lane to be, is he the creepy bad guy? is he the charismatic bad guy?, is he the calculated bad guy?, is he the crazy bad guy?. As well as this some of the set up at the start and the end of the film does not quite work or is a bit more transparent than I think they were planning it to be.
In the end, this is a great film, and if you go see it I am sure you’ll enjoy it.
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Directed by – Christopher McQuarrie
Screenplay by – Christopher McQuarrie
Story by – Christopher McQuarrie & Drew Pearce
Based on – ‘Mission: Impossible’ by Bruce Geller
Starring – Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Furguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Jens Hultén & Alec Baldwin
Rating – Australia: M; Canada: PG; Ireland: 12A; NZ: M; UK: 12A; USA: PG-13