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Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation
Josh / fullhyd.com
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"This man, Hunt, is the living manifestation of destiny," says the CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) to the British Prime minister during an emergency. For one, it is quite amusing to see a straight-faced Alec Baldwin mouth such a line. But more significantly, this is a very entertaining line which also tells us that this movie is an unapologetic star vehicle whose stated (and achieved) purpose is to entertain the socks off our heels.

MI5 begins with Hunley succeeding in disbanding the "outdated and imperfect" Impossible Mission Force (IMF - we're unsure of how the International Monetary Fund feels about the acronym), much to the dismay of IMF agent William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). What Hunley doesn't succeed at, is tracking down Ethan Hunt.

Hunt has been on the hunt for a secret organisation which goes by the name The Syndicate. But there isn't much evidence of its existence. The CIA believes it's just a figment of Hunt's imagination, and, further, that he's unleashed unnecessary havoc in pursuit of this illusory organisation. Now it is just trying to capture the highly trained and "delusional" IMF agent gone rogue.

But the Syndicate (as it usually turns out in these movies) very much exists. It is making its presence felt through missing planes, gas leaks killing thousands, and other seemingly unrelated accidents. The now stateless and disavowed agent Hunt discovers that these incidents are being orchestrated by the Syndicate and, interestingly, that the Syndicate is comprised of other stateless and disavowed agents from various countries, all gone rogue.

What don't go rogue here are the direction and script by Christopher McQuarrie. His work reminds you of how clever action spy thrillers can be. We all know that the impossible missions will be made possible, and often with unrealistic tech and earnest rug-pulling. McQuarrie's success lies in the fact he still makes you bite your nails. Even better, you don't facepalm at the resolutions involving all the fancy tech. McQuarrie manages to convince you of the consistency of the film's logic. You take the MI world for what it is.

And making it all doubly satisfying is the leading man. Tom Cruise, at 53, is easily among the best action stars out there (if not the best). He's performed all his stunts himself, lending a sense of reality to the almost other-worldly action setpieces. He is less cocky here, but as charming as ever. The frame where he chases on a superbike wearing goggles and a floral shirt is pretty much the definition of coolth.

But the person who practically steals Cruise's thunder is Rebecca Fergusson, playing the deadly agent Isla Faust. A good actor who also happens to be able to kick serious butt while looking positively divine, she is thankfully not at all sexualised despite all the times the camera lingers on her.

The rest of the cast are very talented, too, but they don't quite get the opportunity to show it. Except, perhaps, Simon Pegg as the loyal and reliable Benji Dunn. Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin are all good and make best of their short screentimes. The antagonist Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) carries an eerieness about him, but the underplaying is a bit much. He doesn't register as particularly intimidating.

The background score (Joe Kramer) is replete with strains of the MI theme (originally composed by Lalo Schifrin) now etched into most playlists, and it is as exciting as ever. The cinematographer (Robert Elswit) makes great use of the sprawling landscapes of the locations (London, Vienna, Paris, and Casablanca in Morocco), and the editing (by Eddie Hamilton) brings out the wonderful pace that McQuarrie aims for.

MI: Rogue Nation takes off even before the movie begins (the IMAX countdown comes with an MI theme). And when it does begin, you might want to wear your seat belts. Particularly when you watch Agent Ethan Hunt clinging on to the outside of a plane. It's the sort of film where you don't have time to think about whether things are making sense.
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  • Cast
    Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin
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    Joe Kramer
  • Director
    Christopher McQuarrie
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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HOTSHORTS on 8th Sep 2015, 2:53pm | Permalink
Prasads screens only the old style 70mm imax that is film based. Interstellar was the last 70mm imax movie and Prasads was the only theater in India that screened that version.
All the Imax movies are now made in digital format and Prasads is not equipped to screen them. Until Imax Corp is now working on a laser projector that would screen the digital imax in the full sized screen as is available at Prasads. Until that technology is ready Prasads cannot screen any Imax film.
The Imax at mumbai, bangalore etc are on smaller screens. They are simply Digital Imax and cannot support the huge Prasads like screen
Josh on 9th Sep 2015, 12:24am | Permalink
Very interesting. True, the IMAX screen in Bengaluru was rather small. Thanks for the info.
HOTSHORTS on 8th Sep 2015, 2:52pm | Permalink
Prasads screens only the old style 70mm imax that is film based. Interstellar was the last 70mm imax movie and Prasads was the only theater in India that screened that version.
All the Imax movies are now made in digital format and Prasads is not equipped to screen them. Until Imax Corp is now working on a laser projector that would screen the digital imax in the full sized screen as is available at Prasads. Until that technology is ready Prasads cannot screen any Imax film.
The Imax at mumbai, bangalore etc are on smaller screens. They are simply Digital Imax and cannot support the huge Prasads like screen
vijay on 6th Sep 2015, 7:15pm | Permalink
Why is Prasad's Imax not screening Imax format films now a days.Reasons ? They are charging Imax price for non Imax.very dissappointing.
Critik on 11th Aug 2015, 11:34am | Permalink
Where did you see the IMAX countdown, Josh? The IMAX version is not playing in Hyderabad.
Josh on 12th Aug 2015, 4:24pm | Permalink
Hey Critik, I caught the movie while I was in Bangalore. Just checked, IMAX is playing only in Bangalore and Mumbai although a non-IMAX version seems to be playing on the big screen in Prasads. Sorry about that.
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