Rogue Nation is the fifth title in the brill Mission Impossible series. Its plot centres on Ethan Hunt played by Tom Cruise. Who tries to prove the existence of an organization called the syndicate after the Impossible Missions Force has been taken over by the CIA. Ethan is hunted by the the CIA across the world as he investigates bombings and disappearances that he believes were cause by the syndicate. Along the way he recruits his former IMF colleagues including Benjamin “Benji” Dunn played by Simon Pegg and an attractive female MI6 agent Ilsa Faust played by Rebecca Ferguson who is undercover in the Syndicate.
As Rogue Nation continues we find out that the Syndicate started as a British covert operation to recruit foreign agents to do some rather unsavoury things on the personal order of the Prime Minister. However the plan was shelved some time after Billions of pounds were moved into off shore accounts to fund the project. Despite orders former MI6 agent Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) decided to keep the Syndicate going and is hell bent on getting his hands on the billions hidden away in a digital storage vault. Ethan Hunt and his team of course need to break into the vault before Solomon gets to it and that makes for the obligatory heist scene. The scene was apparently shot all in one go so Tom Cruise had to undergo training to hold his breath. His willingness to do his own stunts impresses me, not many actors of his fame would do a physically demanding underwater scene in one go let alone hug the outside of an air plane while it climbs to 1500 feet
Sean Harris plays a great bad guy; detached from any sense of empathy he kills a young IMF agent without a second thought in his first scene and later on kills one of his own men because Ilsa Faust took his gun from him. He doesn’t like failure so letting Faust live obviously shows he’s banking on her getting him into the vault, Which she does by using Hunt.
Rogue Nation is a brill movie and if you liked the other movies you will like this one but it seems to have borrowed a bit from Ghost Protocol in that the IMF is once again disbanded. Surely Hunt could have just been disavowed? He did after all get captured.