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Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Sean Harris and Ving Rahmes

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: July 28, 2015 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

A quipping game aging well and not too haggard or long in the tooth yet Tom Cruise imbues Ethan Hunt again with enough aplomb and a solid ensemble led by helmer Christopher McQuarrie (his Jack Reacher director).

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has an edgy wit around it when it comes to Simon Pegg's Benji and Alec Baldwin (funnier in one instance than any of his "Capital One" spots). Cruise is again at his breathless remembering best in an action hero based on the 1960s TV series from Bruce Geller with its share of twists and disguises.

After 19 years and still fleet a foot Hunt is being tracked down by the CIA and has to be mercurial in a different way into getting into the inner sanctum of an enigmatic Syndicate. A ravishingly riveting presence is Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa, a chameleonic individual in the IMF's quest. Some taut well drawn but not too ostentation energy is depicted by the cohesive filmmaking with sharp lensing from Robert Elswit maybe not as much implausibly drawn in the earlier four installments (a little less stunt activity goes a long way this time around.

Jeremy Renner's Brandt and a psychotic heavy in Sean Harris are involved in the narrative which may have the usual suspects (with Ving Rhames of course) or trappings and interesting diverting stuff in the not so friendly skies at the opening but a rugged, ripped Cruise proves he was destined to deliver Ethan with nervy intensity. In what may be his last impossible mission, Rogue Nation seems to set the bar a little higher as the new 007 adventure Spectre approaches and Cruise rising to the shifting austerity with a welcome lightness to confirm his action hero status like the recent surprising sci-fi opus Edge of Tomorrow.

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