The fifth installment in this franchise is the best one yet, with a compelling plot, a Bond-esque super villain, and the intense action set pieces that Cruise does better than anyone.
A franchise that gets better with each installment, this was great, the set pieces were brilliant, and the team know exactly what works now, The Cruiser for me is the Postman, he always delivers!!! Thoroughly enjoyed this
I've really enjoyed this franchise so far (other than one less than stellar film) and damn, this film carries everything on. Honestly, one of the main reasons I love the franchise is probably because they are so similar to the 007 franchise. Instead, these are a bit more light with jokes and, obviously, American. Except they spend some time in the UK this time.
Anyway, yea, about this specific film. Great action. I mean look at this photo because it was awesome. Specifically though, the car/motorcycle race in here is just so engaging and fun. I've got to say, Tom Cruise might be crazy, but he is a great action star.
Right now it's the best spy movie franchise. Yes, better than JB and better than the other JB. Most of all, it's probably the only movie franchise that gets better with each movie.
Like in its previous installment, Rogue Nation has fast, gripping action while still maintaining its clever plot progression by utilizing gaps between scenes. But I would say Rogue Nation falls a bit slightly from its predecessor for its lack of proper characterization.
Unlike Ghost Protocol, Ethan (Tom Cruise) mostly work by himself here, letting only a little room for his dynamics with the other team members. Especially the new cast Luther (Ving Rhames) and the female protag Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). The relationship with the latter is especially important because by 3/4 of the movie the plot started to progress with Ethan orienting himself toward Ilsa and the other member of his teams.
While this is not necessary a bad thing, but the lack of development with other characters make the film a bit rushed toward making the impression that Ethan already bonded that much with someone he barely know. The villain Lane (Sean Harris) motivation and goal also remained unclear until the end of the movie, making Ethan's goal himself in the last half of the movie seems kinda fuzzy - which seems to explain why other characters have to mention it several times, we're being told a story here, not being shown.
I personally see this film as bridging Ghost Protocol to the next sequel, a trend that I seem to see from movies out in this year (Suicide Squad, Age of Apocalypse), as the ending seems to suggest. So while I'm not completely satisfied on how Rogue Nation turns out to be, I'm looking forward to the next MI installment.
<3 <3 Tom Cruise is so hawt