This fifth film in the Mission Impossible franchise is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin. Rogue Nation sees Ethan Hunt (Cruise) attempting to prove the existence of the Syndicate who are a anti-IMF organisation whilst on the run from the CIA.
I have enjoyed this franchise quite a bit, the worst entry being Mission Impossible 2 and the best being Ghost Protocol, but you would think by the fifth film it would get a bit repetitive. Thankfully it doesn't as this is probably my favourite film in the series.
McQuarrie (who also worked with Cruise on Jack Reacher) does an amazing job directing, everything has this real yet dark mood that is captured brilliantly in his direction. Rogue Nation also takes all the things that you loved about the first one and Ghost Protocol and blends them into one.
Another thing that this film does well is instead of blatantly recalling the events of the previous four films, they cleverly hint and reference them. Everyone is really good in this film as well especially the chemistry between Pegg and Cruise. Rebecca Ferguson does an amazing job as this woman who you don't know whether to trust or not.
As usual Cruise handles the action scenes perfectly, from the jaw dropping plane stunt to a car chase which quickly becomes a motorbike chase that is the best I've seen in ages.
Despite this film being really enjoyable there are one or two slight problems. The Mission Impossible series hasn't had the strongest of villains, the best being Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the third film. Sean Harris does an ok job as the bad guy, you can understand his motivation but the character is a bit cartoonish in my opinion. He whispers menacingly and stares at people as if he's about to fart. Also some of the dialogue scenes, though interesting, do drag a little.
This is arguably the best entry to the Mission Impossible series and with a sixth one in the works, I am interested to see where the will take the franchise.