Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

Fun Fact: I ALWAYS get excited whenever I see a trailer of MY highly-anticipated films on the big screen. It never feels the same way when you only watch it from your laptop screen, just as much as it never does when you watch a movie at home (unless you build a mini cinema in your house, with the screen as big as in the actual ones). And, even more amazing is when your favorite trailer is played on the IMAX screen.

I got so worked up today when I went to see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in IMAX, because just before it began, they played the Batman vs Superman trailer out of nowhere, seeing the movie isn’t out until next year. Seeing Wonder Woman on an enormous screen even just in a split second was thrilling.

I’m ridiculous, I know.

It was the second time I watched Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. The first time I went with my dad, and we saw it in the regular format. I desperately wanted to see it in IMAX, so I went again by myself. Speaking of IMAX, you don’t know how grateful I am because this technology exists. I am aware that what I’m saying is so mundane; being grateful for something as trivial as film technology. But, if you’re a film freak like I am, you know what I mean. The experience of sitting in an IMAX theater is like no other. The capacity and quality of everything are just the finest.

I never considered myself a fan of the Mission Impossible series. My dad, meanwhile, is a huge fan. He never admits it in the way I freak out about my favorites, but he is. Yes, he might not remember every plot that there is, but he always watches them (and James Bond movies, too). He rarely goes to the cinema these past few years, but when he knew there’s going to be another installment, he wanted to see it. Then it rubbed off on me. This was the second movie in the series that I watched until the end, the first being Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Now I want to watch all of them.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation tells the struggle of Ethan Hunt (still as fit as ever) to uncover and bring down the Syndicate, an anti-IMF organization that tries to bring “balance” to the world by triggering what would look like accidents. He partners with an MI6 agent, Ilsa Faust, who’s ordered by her country’s military intelligence to infiltrate the organization and take the leader’s trust in order to gain information of its agents and how it’s funded. Ethan’s friends are also more than willing to help, namely Benji Dunn, William Brandt, and Luther Stickell, who’s coming back after only appearing at the end of the previous movie.

There’s a reason why it’s called Mission Impossible. And there’s a reason why they picked Tom Cruise. I always saw him as this arrogant, distant actor, who’s too cool for everything. I don’t know where I got that impression from, but after seeing this movie and a couple of videos on YouTube, I realized I misjudged him. Okay, perhaps I can never understand Scientology, but that’s none of my business. What he does and offers as an entertainer blows my mind. While he obviously was the main character, he was also truly the star. He’s crazy. He was hanging off an airplane, held his breath for 6 minutes, actually did the stunt for the chasing scene, and rode a motorbike in full speed without a helmet, all just because he wanted for the audience to feel like it was real. And damn, it felt real. I was holding my breath almost all the time, especially the tank/underwater scene. It was utterly intense.

(Source: buzzfeed.com)

Plot-wise, it was such a fun ride from beginning to end. You just never know what’s coming next or how they’re gonna pull this off. And although it’s been done many times (some films carry the similar idea), I suppose the stunts are the reason why it’s never tedious. The mission was as impossible as ever. There was also a bit humor here and there, but they’re never forced as one would expect to see in an action-packed movie. There was no dull moment whatsoever. The characters are great as well. The actors reprising the roles had a good performance; Simon Pegg as Benji was always entertaining to watch (he’s hilarious in the interviews). And, it’s always fresh and nice to see a female character who’s as capable as her male counterpart (although, these movies can in fact use more than just one woman).

One last thing. I have a thing for theme songs, especially Hedwig’s Theme and The Shire. It’s very associated with the first installment/film in the series that it brings back memories or thrills you when you hear it again in the later films. The Mission Impossible theme song has this energetic and high tension in the harmony, and it’s the best decision that they put it in the opening scene of Rogue Nation with turned-up volume, with terrific arrangement, because it set up the lively mood and intense pace for the film (I’ve been listening to it non-stop). It was even better hearing it in IMAX quality. Seriously though, you need to watch it in IMAX. You won’t regret it, I promise.

All in all, it was a highly entertaining movie. It was better than Ghost Protocol for sure. I can’t express myself enough how badly I want everyone to see it. Have you seen it? What did you think? Did you flinch when Tom’s knee touched the ground as he was riding the motorbike? Comment down below!

Bonus fact: They mention Jakarta in the movie! My city is getting more and more famous!

Forever a nerd.
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