Choose to accept it.
Is it possible to root for Tom Cruise, the smug, mugging Hollywood star with ties to a suspicious religious group? The answer is, “yes.”
This franchise has always able to pull off that impossible mission above. From the opening action sequence (it’s a doozy) to the final act, I couldn’t help being Team Ethan Hunt (Cruise).
It doesn’t hurt that there is non-stop suspense and fresh action sequences in multiple, jaw-dropping international locales. With this and Jurassic World, who needs superhero films this summer?
The previous chapter in the series, Ghost Protocol was the best in the series when it arrived. In that 2001 film, we saw Ethan Hunt hanging from the side of the world’s tallest skyscraper, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Director Christopher McQuarrie’s (The Usual Suspects, Edge of Tomorrow) Rogue Nation keeps the series at that high level.
Simply put: Delivering more freewheeling action than 007 and a lightness not found in Bourne films, this franchise is smack! in the middle of some very good company.
Award potential: Not likely until there is an award for stunts.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.