I knew I’d be doing a write-up on the Mission Impossible movies the night before the newest one came out. I just knew it. Luckily I kept an ok pace so I only have to write about one more, Rogue Nation.
Uhh… Rogue Nation is pretty good. Def not as good as Ghost Protocol though. I just don’t think the stunts were as off the hook as they were in Ghost Protocol, except that plane one right at the beginning, that was nutty. Starting the movie off with something that bananas probably set my expectations too high though. I think the underwater stuff would’ve been a lot more interesting if it didn’t happen so early in the movie or if I didn’t know there was another one. Knowing he lives kind of takes a lot of the tension out of it because that’s the only source of tension like he either succeeds or dies end of story. In other action scenes and stunts he could get injured, killed or succeed so that third option levees more uncertainty into the scene, although since we pretty much always know Ethan Hunt will never die there are really only two outcomes, but still more variety than the underwater business.
Where Rogue Nation really really shines is in its villain. Solomon Lane is just such a perfect fit for this franchise. Who would’ve guessed that giving Ethan Hunt his own version of Moriarty to chase after would be the best way forward? Probably a lot of people, but those people are nerds so who cares.
There is more too these movies than stunts and villains though. One thing I really wanted to get to with Rogue Nation. Why do these movies have so much turnover in female costars while the guys all hang around? It could’ve made some sense if the Mission Impossible movies were more like Bond movies with the revolving door of women there, but it’s not. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s way better than Mission Impossible consistently has its female costars as characters that like actually do things and contribute to the story rather than just being eye candy for Bond to have sex with, but I still find it a bit odd that none of the actresses seem to make return appearances to the franchise. I guess Fallout is bucking that trend by bringing back Rebecca Ferguson, but that’s only one out of six. Not exactly bucking the trend there. Not that I expect or really want Mission Impossible movies to buck the trend though, as I’ve said before they’ve found their little niche and they rock it, but would it be so hard to bring some of these women back though?
Anyways, I did what I said I would do, I watched all five of these movies and wrote about it. Man am I glad I did it though, I feel so silly knowing I was just sitting on this awesome action franchise for years and never tapping into it. I wonder what other awesome movies I’ve missed over the years…. and down the rabbit hole, I go! Later.