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Film Review: “Mission Impossibe 5” by Blade Brown

Plot:  Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Tom Cruise is a one of a kind actor. The 53 year old is not only still one of the best actors in the business, he’s one of the biggest action stars in the world. Reuniting with his Jack Reacher (a fantastic film) director Christopher McQuarrie, he’s back as Ethan Hunt in the fifth film in the Mission Impossible series.

The movie begins with the highly talked about plane stunt in which Tom Cruise flew several hundred feet in the air strapped to the door of a plane. The scene is incredible and gets appreciated much more when you realize he actually did this stunt. From there we get into the heart of the movie, as Ethan finds himself one upped by “The Syndicate”. After escaping their capture,  he has to go on the run as the IMF has been disbanded while he was away. Refusing to give up, Hunt works against the clock to put an end to the Syndicate, while trying to stay one step ahead of the CIA who are now hunting him.

Joining Cruise again is Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, who’ve both reprised their roles from the previous film, Ghost Protocol. Alec Baldwin, who’s the man from the CIA tasked with bringing Hunt in. Rebecca Ferguson, who plays a femme fatale that tends to help the team despite her orders. And Ving Rhames, the only actor besides Cruise to appear in all 5 movies. Sean Harris plays the antagonist,  Solomon Lane. He’s probably the best villain the franchise has had, as he has a menacing presence. Only the great Philip Seymour Hoffman gave a stronger performance in the series, as the opening scene to Mission Impossible 3 is still one of the best I’ve ever seen.

The action is, as usual spectacular. Although we get a lot of Renner’s character, he doesn’t have any action sequences himself this go round. But boy does Tom Cruise continue to defy expectations. From the fight scenes, to the car chases he never let’s up. There is a reason he keeps coming back to a franchise he started over twenty years ago. He seems to be having a blast with this character,  and the energy shows up on screen.

All in all, this is a great movie. While there are minor issues with the movie, it is a smart and fun movie that is only eclipsed by the incredible Mad Max: Fury Road for best summer action movie. This is a movie you won’t be mad at the extra money you spend on a IMAX ticket. Its well worth it

Rating: 9/10

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brandonw • August 7, 2015

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