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‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ Review: Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson & Simon Pegg

Almost 20 years since the first Mission: Impossible film debuted in 1996, Tom Cruise is back in this fifth installment of the franchise and has re-teamed up with director/writer Christopher McQuarrie (2013’s Jack Reacher). A total throwback to Brian De Palma’s original film, bigger stunts and action scenes than ever before and a female supporting character that is equally as badass and tough as Cruise himself, Rogue Nation may be the best film of the franchise yet.

After much skepticism about the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), the secret group of agents was shut down and is now being controlled by the CIA who is run by director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin). Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now on the run from the CIA, while his former colleague William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) is working under Hunley and his computer whiz friend Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) has to answer to a weekly polygraph test, proving he doesn’t know Hunt’s location.

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An international rogue organization called the Syndicate has their own agenda and will stop at nothing in killing off remaining members of the IMF. When Hunt finds himself in a bind, he meets the beautiful Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) who helps him escape from the Syndicate. Months later, Hunt crosses paths with Ilsa again and the two team up in order to bring down the Syndicate once in for all.

Rogue Nation is an exciting story that ramps up the Mission Impossible franchise to its fullest extent. The fourth installment Ghost Protocol refreshed the franchise and was a great film, but this one is non-stop action and gives the audience what they want. Each sequence is an on the edge of your seat action scene that keeps the viewers attention and excitement level high. The cast clearly has fun working together again and McQuarrie is definitely one of the better writers and directors of the franchise.

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Move over Tom Cruise, there is a new action star in Hollywood and her name is Rebecca Ferguson. Absolutely beautiful as she is talented, Ferguson steals every scene she is in with her ferocity and physicality. Much of the time Ferguson did her own stunts, from riding a motorcycle through Morocco to slaying in a knife fight in a dark corridor, Ferguson excels in this role and is sure to be an action film star following the opening of this film. McQuarrie gives her so much to do and it’s refreshing considering Paula Patton did not have as much to do in Ghost Protocol. Ferguson’s character is so well written and she obviously enjoyed giving Cruise a lot of attitude and spark in this film. Welcome to the movies, Rebecca!

McQuarrie and Cruise make a great pairing, while Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames are welcomed back are franchise regulars. But the belle of the ball is Rebecca Ferguson who will not soon be forgotten after a role like this. Cruise proves he is still a global action star phenomenon, performing his own stunts while remaining a great actor. Here’s to hoping McQuarrie will return to direct the sixth film and Ferguson is back as our heroine. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is an all-around fun summer action flick that delivers and exceeds expectations.

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