CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Why are the bad guys always such lousy shots? They can spray the area with hundreds of rounds of ammo from their Uzi or AK 47 and never hit a thing.
The good guys on the other hand can be 2,000 yards away riding upside down on a Harley and shoot the bad guys dead with a 9MM, killing a dozen or so with a single shot. Amazing how that works.
“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” is the fifth installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise, with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and team taking on their most impossible mission yet — eradicating the “Syndicate,” a highly-skilled international rogue organization committed to destroying the IMF.
Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) comprise Ethan Hunt’s team who have to fight the Syndicate while trying to dodge a CIA director played by Alex Baldwin, who doesn’t believe the Syndicate exists. If that weren’t enough, they are constantly being stymied by the beautiful kick-ass double agent, Ilsa Faust, brilliantly played by Rebecca Ferguson, who is determined to undermine Hunt’s efforts.
“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” is a great story. The story was created by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce based on the television show developed by Bruce Geller. McQuarrie wrote the screenplay and directed, as well. He also wrote the scripts for “Jack Reacher” and “The Usual Suspects,” among others.
As you would expect, there was plenty of action. Of course, there was the requisite car chase that became a motorcycle chase in Morocco. But what made these chases more exciting was the photography. The camera shots were often from the vehicle wheels’ point of view, which made the chases faster and more in your face. They were really thrilling. Place the motorcycles on hair-pin curves and I found myself leaning right, then left, trying to help the riders dodge oncoming traffic and sharp turns.
This was a real crowd pleaser. The audience applauded at the end. I interviewed at least 20 people on Monday night at the Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 Cine in Chesterfield, Mo. Everyone loved it. Several said that what made this film in the “Mission Impossible” franchise better was the humor.
I would give this movie four stars out of five. I really loved it and Tom Cruise was looking pretty good in this film, which was the consensus of the women in the audience.
“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.