Monday, August 03, 2015

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation": good echo of famous Hitchcock in opera scene, some parallel to current events, otherwise rather routine

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” (directed by Christopher McQuarrie) is the fifth in the film franchise about Ethan Hunt and the “Impossible Missions Force” (IMF).  It’s often entertaining, often silly, but has some parallels to what is going on overseas.
This time, a lot of the plot has to deal with proving the existence of a “Syndicate”, which shares methods of the mob, Putin’s Russia, and Middle Eastern extremists.  The key artefact of the plot is a USB thumb drive with all the financial information of the Syndicate, hidden underwater in the cooling towers for a nuclear power plant in Morocco.

Before that middle section of the film there is a stirring assassination sequence at a performance of Puccini’s Turandot in Vienna, with sequences that seem like a blowup of Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew too Much”.

Tom Cruise looks younger here than he did in Ghost Protocol; Rebecca Ferguson is his double agent tag team partner Ilsa (from the Syndicate);   Jeremy Renner is the assigned IMF partner, and Alec Balwin is the unconvincing head of the CIA, who disbands the IMF as a plot trick. As Benji, Simon Dunn plays a helpful friend, and Sean Harris is evil enough to be the “villain” Solomon Lane.

The car and motorcycle chase through Morocco is a but routine by now.

The official site from Paramount and Skydance is here
I saw this late Monday afternoon in a big auditorium at Regal Ballston Common.  There’s no 3-D;  a big screen without IMAX will be good enough.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of highway in Casablanca, similar to scene in movie, taken by Othamanlah, under Creative Commons 3.0 Share Alike License. 

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