Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

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Super entertaining flick. Tom Cruise doing what he does best, action hero with just enough depth to keep it interesting. 

Finally we get a really good car chase scene as well. When was the last time we had one of those? Ronin? The Bourne films? 

The only takeaway is that the original Mission Impossible show had all team members contributing equally so that it all came together perfectly each time. This film is very much an Ethan Hunt show with small supporting contributions from other members. I think it would be better if it were more like Ocean's Eleven with lots of moving parts. Also, the original series had flawless execution by the characters. In this movie, the MIF members make mistakes and goof quite often. Is it because modern audiences don't like being talked down to? They prefer fallible characters in order to identify with them more? I'll have to give this a think-over.

Alec Baldwin is good fun as the CIA head and modern-day bureaucrat. The female lead, Rebecca Ferguson, steals every scene she's in. It's almost like they wanted Scarlett Johansson in that role as a Black Widow-type character. 

I'm not sure why the screenwriters thought adding a couple scenes of a congressional oversight committee would be fun. And the well-documented escapades of Tom Cruise doing or not doing his own stunts is starting to help take viewers out of the action scenes a bit when they are happening. The opening sequence, my stepfather and I just kept discussing if he really did this or not. That's not supposed to happen while watching a film. 

Lots of good laughs and fun sequences. The last two Mission Impossible entries have both been fantastic. Look forward to more. 

Heart rating: 4.5 stars

Brain rating: 3.5 stars (it gets a little predictable when anybody can be anybody, not a spoiler)

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(Updated: May 23, 2018)
Black Barney
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4.0
Heart 
 
4.5
Brain 
 
3.5

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Super entertaining flick. Tom Cruise doing what he does best, action hero with just enough depth to keep it interesting.

Finally we get a really good car chase scene as well. When was the last time we had one of those? Ronin? The Bourne films?

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Posted: 19 Aug 2015 10:01 by dragonstout #208822
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"Finally we get a really good car chase scene as well. When was the last time we had one of those?"

Mad Max: Fury Road? The Raid 2, from last year, also had a pretty spectacular car chase scene (and a few other spectacular fight scenes, too).
Posted: 19 Aug 2015 10:02 by Black Barney #208823
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Mad Max can't count, can it?

I gotta see The Raid 2, d-stout, thanks for the reminder
Posted: 19 Aug 2015 10:46 by Grudunza #208826
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This is an outstanding action flick by any measure, however, coming out after Fury Road, it ends up being Sammy Sosa to Fury's Mark McGwire.
Posted: 19 Aug 2015 11:01 by jpat #208828
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Barney touched on one thing I don't think works particularly well here and was also a problem in the execrable M:I2: the teamwork aspect. It's been a while since I've seen 4, but my impression was that they'd finally gotten the right group and struck the right balance. When these moves fail as M:I movies for me, it's generally because the movie veers into being generic Tom Cruise action flick.

5 was technically exemplary but just did nothing for me at all. I agree that the Ilsa Faust character is probably the best thing going in it. There are definitely pieces that I like, such as the way the resolution serves as a nod to the series, but I don't know. I just have a hard time anymore finding supersmart villains who are "always one step ahead" being that compelling unless the performer is bringing something exciting to it. I also think the MI movie parameters limit what can happen consequences wise, so at least one intended deke (involving a character's loyalty) didn't compel me at all.
Posted: 19 Aug 2015 11:35 by boothwah #208830
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The last two Mission Impossible entries have both been fantastic.

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 11:35 by Gary Sax #208831
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I admired the technical stuff and a couple of the chase scenes in this movie but it left me cold. The characters are miserable. They aren't really even characters with any discernible traits, they are so underdeveloped. I realize that this is #5 but when there isn't really a difference between the characters it's hard to get invested in any of the proceedings.