FILM REVIEW and TRAILER: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (12A)

Action scene from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Action scene from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

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Action thriller, starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, and Ving Rhames, screening at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, September 4; Seahouses Hub on Saturday, September 12

“Are you ok to drive? ” asks a confused Simon Pegg to Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. “A minute ago you were dead!”

“What are you talking about?” Cruise answers, reversing into another vehicle before taking off on an epic car chase through the tight streets of Morocco. It is moments like these, which puts this film at the top of my 2015 list.

Out of the two (yes only two!) Mission Impossible films I have seen so far, these being Rogue Nation and Ghost Protocol, this was definitely the stand-out. Tom Cruise is at his all-time best, now making a wise career choice by hanging from the side of planes and even using his own (seriously insane) upper body strength to lift himself up a vertical pole to escape being tied to it.

The action sequences in this film are terrific, ranging from opera staged fights to motorcycle stunts. The fact that the majority of these are real and done by Tom himself (seriously, someone needs to take a look at this guy, I think he might be mad), adds to the thrill and proves you can still be cool at 53.

This time around, the team must tackle its most impossible mission yet in an attempt to eradicate the Syndicate, a rogue organisation as skilled as them, committed to destroying the IMF.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa in a scene from Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions/Chiabella James.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa in a scene from Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions/Chiabella James.

A combination of stellar stuntwork, jokes and action, the latest installment in the popular spy franchise provides something for everyone. Talking of stunts, there are plenty here, including the (now probably famous) plane hanging scene, the epic motorcycle and car craziness that ensues, and explosions galore. Adding to that, the fact there is little to no CGI used makes the action sequences even more brilliant.

A new ‘team member’ comes in the form of Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) as a mysterious but deadly addition who seems to play a bit of both sides. She is a welcome recruit, reminding us that the series can still cause chaos when it needs to.

However, with such a great new aspect comes a slight downfall – Jeremy Renner’s character William Brandt is purely not being in it enough. Although he does have his moments, mostly comical, I would have liked to have seen more of him.

As a bad guy, Sean Harris is an excellent villain, a perfect counterpart to the IMF and sadly an even worse sufferer of the lack of screen-time than Renner. He’s great while he’s there, creepy and mostly silent, with one of those stereotypical sinister voices when he does speak.

There is virtually nothing else bad to highlight in this film; this is an all-around, action-packed, humorous, insane, thrill ride.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch this film!

Rating: 9/10

Showing locally: Alnwick Playhouse – 7.30pm on Friday, September 4

Seahouses Hub – 3pm on Saturday, September 12