While the subtitle to this latest entry in the Mission: Impossible
series may be better suited to a Keith Urban song or a right-wing talk show, Rogue Nation
actually refers to the Syndicate, a shadowy organization hinted at near the end of 2011’s Ghost Protocol
. IMF (that’s Impossible Mission Force) leader Ethan Hunt (Cruise) – assisted by returning field agents Benji Dunn (Pegg), William Brandt (Renner), and Luther Stickell (Rhames), as well as the dubiously-monikered newcomer Ilsa Faust (Ferguson) – believes this organization is behind a number of disparate international incidents set to destabilize global geopolitics. Chases ensue. Plots are twisted. Impossibilities become, well, possible. Overall, Rogue Nation
is a solid, mildly subversive entry into the series that will have you humming Lalo Schifrin’s indelible theme music for the rest of the week, but probably not lingering over the finer points of the plot. Accept the mission and pass the popcorn. Read a full review of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.