The real revelation here is Ferguson (previously seen in Hercules and TV’s The White Queen), whose striking similarity to Casablanca legend Ingrid Bergman is none-too-subtly referenced by her character’s name and the significance of Morocco.
There seems to be a classic feeling to Rogue Nation, a film that embraces the old spy tropes rather than run from them. That’s when former Pixar auteur-turned-live-action filmmaker Brad Bird came on board and created jaw-dropping must-see-in-IMAX action setpieces, all while treating the continually game Cruise no more gently than he did the rubber-limbed characters he created for The Incredibles.
Why is Hunt on the wing?
Should you go? It doesn’t hit the heights of the first or fourth “Missions” but it’s a solid entry, and it’ll tide you over until this fall’s “Spectre“. Because he’s already starting to work on Mission: Impossible 6.
“We ended up doing it eight times”, he said, laughing. He received very little notice for one of last summer’s best action films, the woefully underrated Edge of Tomorrow, and Rogue Nation may be dismissed as just another sequel as cash grab.
Hunt soon finds himself chained to a ceiling in a London dungeon. (And at 53, dude’s still outstanding.) Yet his match is made in Ferguson’s enigmatic Ilsa, an attractive bone-breaker of a femme fatale who looks like she stepped right off the set of a 007 adventure.
Then the plot kicks in, as Hunt’s colleague in the Impossible Missions Force, William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), is in Washington, arguing before a Senate committee that the International Monetary Fund shouldn’t be disbanded, as the Central Intelligence Agency chief Hunley (Alec Baldwin) wants. “It could be so much fun”, he added. Early on, when Hunt was hanging off that plane, my 12-year-old companion – who’s grown up in the age of computer-generated wizardry – confidently whispered: “Ha, that’s totally a green screen”. Tom Cruise is now on whirlwind tour to promote the film, which is getting rave reviews.
Also once again, the villain of a M:I movie is an enemy within – in this case, a literal Rogue Nation called the Syndicate, which operates inside the world’s governments and espionage agencies, working to shape geopolitical realities while good men and women are distracted.