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Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Movie franchises seem to be the order of the day. We’ve seen a plethora of movie series each outdoing the other trying to please the audience. This series of action spy thriller films based on a TV series of the same name is now in its fifth sequel and comes close to its earlier productions that have a mix of action and adventure.
Rogue Nation is everything you need in an action film. A smart plot, clever humour, a robust star cast, good special effects and daredevil stunts by Cruise himself that leaves you in awe. If you thought only Bond movies have such action, this flick has plenty of mind-blowing airplane and underwater sequences, including a jaw-dropping car chase that will take your breath away. Ever seen a car being driven in reverse being chased by team of bikers through crowded streets? Take a look.
The cool and charming Tom Cruise takes the lead as producer and actor giving a splendid performance in the main lead.
With the IMF disbanded by the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benjamin “Benji” Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) have a big problem on their hands. The network of highly skilled special agents headed by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) as leader of an international group known as “The Syndicate”, vow to create terror and chaos in the world. Janik “The Bone Doctor” Vinter (Jens Hulten) is as imposing as his name suggests. These highly-trained operatives have just one agenda — to execute a series of terrorist attacks. Ethan and his team join forces with beautiful British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation. Ethan has no clue as to who Ilsa works for and he risks everything if Ilsa lets him down and joins the Syndicate. Not only is Ilsa a threat to his team, even on the home front, Ethan and his team are threatened by CIA Director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), who wants to curtail Hunt’s reckless methods. The group faces their most impossible mission to find the truth and nab the terror attackers. But The Syndicate is after Hunt and is going all out to finish him off. Will his team make it and get the law-breakers caught? Find out in the nail-biting battle of the minds.
Bonus features include a short featurette Cruising Altitude that shows the making of this film from close quarters.
Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in.