director: Christopher McQuarrie
writer: Christoper McQuarrie
starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Renner and Sean Harris
genre: Action | Adventure | Spy
released: July 30, 2015 (Australia), July 31, 2015 (U.S.), August 6, 2015 (Germany), August 27, 2015 (Greece)
The fifth installment of the 'Mission Impossible' series has enough stunts and action scenes to go around. However, after five films that are remarkably similar to each other, it simply isn't good enough to always have to lower our expectations in order to gain more in the end.
The IMF task force has been left for too long unchecked by the higher echelons of power and is now finally at the end of the road. With a secret organization called "the Syndicate" making it possible to bend the will of the world's political elite and change operatives allegiances from God & country to no one.
It will up to Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as a rogue agent to stop them, while at same time evade the entire C.I.A. apparatus who views him and his associates as possible suspects and enemies of the state.
Today's landscape of action films has changed a lot from the days of martial arts frenzy and one man army films to the over abundance of superhero and "Transformer" films. While also the abysmal amount of second rate action films, that just want to be the next big hit franchise. Which is quite unfortunate, because when an actual good film does come around such as Tom Cruise's previous film "Edge of Tomorrow". They get overshadowed by the rest and have to become an after the fact hit, albeit on demand.
An important reason to this happening is the constant tendency of the general audiences to be constantly comforted by familiarized entertainment through sequels, franchises and classic movie genres. Though because of this behavior they thereafter collectively complain about the situation at hand. Of films that are devoid of emotion or any sort of wit and intellect, but then nevertheless are then still eager and gullible enough to see the next horror show in the making may that be "50 Shades of Grey", "Pixels" or even "Fantastic Four".
Though on the other hand we should still consider ourselves quite lucky to have capable and talented filmmakers and participants of the industry out there, that care a great deal to making the film experience as memorable as possible. This is why a Tom Cruise film is usually worth the price of admission. Because the man was born to run, jump, fight and be the unlikely action hero that we can't do without. His willingness to go all out for the stunt is a testament to his acting ability and a thorn in the side to many purists of the medium. Who can very well act, but couldn't for a second put their lives at risk for the living art of cinema.
Acting with Cruise in the film are again familiar faces of the series and do equitable job of supporting him. Though the attention will be more on the newcomers of the film and rightfully so. With villain Sean Harris playing a bad guy that should have been given much more power in the film, in order to create destruction and mayhem. He also shouldn't be forgotten of when the next film goes into production, as he would be an incredible useful character to be utilized for further installments to come. Also in the film is the femme fatale and newcomer to my eyes Rebecca Ferguson. Who is beautiful, talented and a sight to see in the film, another player that should get more parts due to this film.
However, despite the good entertainment the film actually has. It's most troublesome that this film as with its predecessor "Ghost Protocol" didn't attempt once to make a point, push a message or strive for something greater than ones self. Meaning both plots had enough meat to them to lead the character of Ethan Hunt and his IMF task force in many directions, but chose instead to play it safe and leave themselves open for another easy sequel. That will no don't doubt please us audio-visually, but wont mentally challenge even for the slightest of seconds.
More than anything else each film in this series or any series for that matter has to be slightly more unique than the last or just different enough in tone and style to be viewed differently. Because where the first film was all about twists, second guesses and the impossible itself because of De Palma's filmmaking style and the second film was the operatic action twist of the series due to John Woo's characteristic creative touches. The sequels afterwards gave up on that individuality and merely focused on the action and the spectacle of impossible stunts. Never making a sincere effort at something new and even when that was sort of attempted in the third film. They just retconned it in the fourth film and made it seem as if it was merely a lucid dream of Ethan Hunt ever attempting to get married, fall in love and have a normal life away from the IMF.
The new "Mission Impossible" film by filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is fast paced, well made and fun. Though at this stage the production team should have realized that something more radical was needed rather than just focusing on a couple big stunts, some action set pieces and if Ethan Hunt saves the day or not. Because when the next film comes around we might choose the alternative of waiting till its on demand or on disc and comfortably watch it from home.