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Chris Farley in ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

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Mission: Impossible

by Cap'n Carrot on August 3, 2015 · 0 comments

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Although it began a series of increasingly good summer blockbuster over the course of two decades, 1996’s relaunch of the television series of the same name as a theatrical film (which introduced the world to Tom Cruise‘s most successful ongoing character in IMF Agent Ethan Hunt) is problematic at best. Poorly plotted, including a huge fuck you to fans of the original series by turning the television show’s central hero (Peter Graves) into a greedy villain (Jon Voight) selling CIA secrets to the highest bidder, the film hasn’t aged well. Turning Jim Phelps into a villain would be like rebooting Superman into a coldblooded killer. What kind of an asshole would do that?

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While Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Mission: Imposible III may have more dramatic weight given the personal motivations that drive each film, director Christopher McQuarrie instead focuses solely on delivering an immensely enjoyable summer popcorn flick that feels like an old Bond film (complete with multiple locations around the globe and a swagger the Daniel Craig films lack) mixed with the sensibilities of Ocean’s Eleven. The result may or may not be the best in the franchise, but it is arguably the most fun film the series has produced.

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Along with giving us a longer look at a couple of the film’s stunts, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is mostly notable for explaining Alec Baldwin‘s role in the film and the (apparent) end of the IMF as an official government agency. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jingchu Zhang, and Sean Harris star. The latest impossible mission opens in theaters on July 31st.

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Directed by Brad Bird, the latest Mission: Impossible flick puts Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) together with a new team (Paula PattonSimon PeggJeremy Renner) to stop a crazy Russian (Michael Nyqvist) from starting a nuclear war.

After an attempt to retrieve information in the Kremlin ends in disaster with the team blamed for a terrorist bombing the IMF is disbanded leaving only these four agents, and whatever they have with them, to stop the real terrorists and prove their innocence.The mission will take the team from Russia to the United Arab Emirates to India. For more on the film check out my original review of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

The movie works as well on Blu-ray as it did in theaters. The story and stunts hold up quite well and even knowing the small twist of Ethan’s wife (Michelle Monaghan) won’t spoil anything for you a second time around.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol begins with a jailbreak and ends with a chase through the streets of Mumbai. In between we get a chase through a sandstorm, an attempt to climb he largest building the world, the looming threat of nuclear war, gadgets and gizmos, a prison escape, and a hell of a lot of fun. The latest entry into the Mission: Impossible franchise is not only great summer popcorn movie fare (in December, no less!), it has the feel of the original television show as well.

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The first trailer has been released for director Brad Bird‘s (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) take on the Mission Impossible franchise. In Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF team find themselves blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin. Now he and his team (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton) must track down the real terrorists and prove their innocence. Josh Holloway, Léa Seydoux and Anil Kapoor also star. The mission, if you choose to accept it, will begin in theaters everywhere on December 16th.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol trailer

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