Review: Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

I was trying to think of a clever title for my review because if I didn't play my cards right, I would've been writing a review for Fantastic Four instead.

Just to provide a little back story, I was actually planning to watch Fantastic Four last weekend with my boyfriend. We bought tickets, sat down in the theater and waited for the movie to start. 5 minutes into waiting, I looked at reviews of Fantastic Four during a quick google search and saw a dreadful 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes D: And just like that, we left and hopped on over to Mission Impossible, which is currently holding an astounding 92% rating! Some people might say that I shouldn't base my judgment on a single rating system, but I mean, 9% and 92% are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum. Did I want to spend my money on a movie that was probably terrible? Or a movie that people probably liked?

 Anyway...Mission Impossible! To be honest, I don't even know if I've actually seen the other movies in this franchise. I know... "How could I!" "What have I been doing with my life!" Mission Impossible is just one of those movies that definitely paved the way for future spy movies and provided a lot of material for recreations and parodies. Who doesn't recognize that famous Mission Impossible scene with Tom Cruise dangling from the ceiling? Or that well-known Mission Impossible tune?

Rogue Nation was action packed, had a great story, and provided comic-relief at the right times. The partnership between Tom Cruise's character and Simon Pegg was solid and there were so many twists and turns that I didn't even see all of them coming!

I think the major highlight of the film (for me) was their portrayal of the "love interest." Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Ferguson, is a spy sent to recover information for British Intelligence. She teams up with Cruise to complete the task but also has to double cross the Syndicate (the evil spy organization) at the same time. Long story short, that girl kicked some serious ass. She's cunning, strong, agile, and was not treated as the damsel in distress. In fact, there were many times that she saved Cruise's character from likely death & dismemberment. Even at the end of the film when they part ways, she does not say goodbye to Cruise by giving him a kiss, but she offers him a friendly hug. I love how they made her sexy and mysterious, but not someone that needed anyone to save her. YASSSSS!

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation gets a 2 thumbs up from me! :D

Hilda Tam

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