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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Posted on 3rd Aug 2015

Before Seeing It

What Makes Me Want to See It:

The simple answer, Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is unarguably one of the best action stars of this generation. Add in the fact that he preforms most of his own stunts and he might be the best. One of my favorite films from last year was Edge of Tomorrow. That was an amazing action film and one of my favorite Tom Cruise movies. While Tom Cruise may be crazy in real life(just watch The South Park episode Trapped in the Closet), you can't deny the fact that he is a bona fide movie star. Now, I won't go see a movie simply because Cruise is in it, it needs to have good reviews and/ or a solid cast around him. This movie has both. Co-starring with Cruise are Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg. Both are amazing actors, I have really enjoyed the majority of Renner's films, and Simon Pegg's Cornetto Trilogy are three of my all-time favorite comedies. Before leaving for the theatre the Rotten Tomatoes score is at 93%. That was basically all the confirmation I needed to think this film is worth seeing. I really enjoyed Ghost Protocol and hope I will enjoy this one just as much.

My Predicted Score: 85/100


After Seeing It

The fact that Tom Cruise preformed his own stunts in this movie is insane. There is a very tense underwater scene and apparently Tom Cruise trained himself to hold his breathe for up to six minutes while filming. I can barely hold my breathe for one minute. Knowing that Cruise is preforming his own stunts and could easily die while filming makes the move that much more believable and tense. Watching a Fast and Furious movie provides no such tension because you know none of them are actually jumping off a tank across a highway. What surprised me the most was Rebecca Ferguson's performance. She kicked-ass. She did not fall into the stereotype of the "Bond Girl" who is just the hot girl to stare at. She was a skilled spy and completely bad-ass. Looking at her IMDB page, she hasn't been in much, but I can see her getting a lot more roles after this movie. Now on to the bad things. The villain is far from memorable. You are never truly scared of him, and I often found myself wondering why Cruise was scared of him. This film series needs a great villain, someone like a Christoph Waltz. The film would be so much better if you were terrified of the villain. All things considered this was a very good film and I'm glad I went to see it in theatres.


  • The Cast - Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson are all fantastic
  • Tom Cruise preformed his own stunts.
  • Only a couple times were action/stunts are unbelievable
  • Amazing Chase Scene


  • Boring villain
  • The surprise twist is not that suprising

My Final Score: 83/100