Rogue Nation: 133 minutes of pure Adrenaline! – Review

So, finally, I was able to watch my THE MOST awaited movie (up till now, oh wait you’ve got Spectre, Star Wars VII coming up, I’m in love with 2015) of this year and yes, I loved it more than Terminator Genisys!

I’m talking about Tom Cruise‘s Mission Impossible‘s fifth installment, the Rogue Nation!

I left my home in all damn excitement, though the crowded metro did dull my mood a bit, but eventually managed to reach PVR Plaza on time. And, we were pretty late, still managed to grab a couple of seats and the movie began just after we got seated!

  • The Prelude:

Okay, don’t worry. I’m not going to expose off the plot here and I don’t want you to curse me for that. But yes, I’ll be talking about the movie elements and the overall production, with brief references to certain cinematic elements.

For those of you who’s been following Mission Impossible franchise closely, you must remember, in the ending scene of the last movie, the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, back in 2011, during the ending, there was this thing where Ethan Hunt receives an encrypted message in his standard issue iPhone 4 (s, I think) saying an organization called “The Syndicate” has taken over the entire Drone fleet of the USAF and has been wreaking havoc. The movie ended right there.

The part 5 begins from right there, in Brussels. Remember the famed Airbus A400M Hercules scene on which the entire movie was marketed?, that turned out the be the very first scene of the movie. OKAY, I’m not going any further, but yes, it continues along the lines of the IMF being kinda dissolved and Ethan Hunt kinda disavowed for nearly the entire duration and an IMF vs. CIA kinda battle erupting and you know, it all ends happily, like in any good MI movie. This movie also marks the return of the legendary Ving Rhames a.k.a Luther Stickler in the series.

  • Cinematic Elements:

Okay, honestly, Rogue Nation will go down as the second best MI movie I’ve ever watched, displacing Ghost Protocol which was earlier holding the position (The first always being part 3, it’s just is the best!). Yes, for me, this was more or less better than Ghost Protocol. The plot is tight and you’ve got as much as 4 twists to make your head go round and round. Sounds effects are pretty fab and Tom Cruise, like always is at his natural best.

Christopher McQuarrie makes sure the movies flows really well. There’s no stagnation or any other unnecessary scene to add to the bloat. It’s just plain and straightforward, the plot!

And, perhaps, as my friend pointed out, the biggest role though people would call it supporting, was that of the gorgeous Rebecca Ferguson. Her role, for me, was even more important than Ethan Hunt’s role and she was the core of the main plot twists.

This movie was shot in lots of places across the world. The movie begins in Brussels, then moves over to London (which will also be the host for the Climax of the movie) and then back at CIA HQ in Langley, VA and then moves over to the Moroccan port city of Casablanca (A very hot place indeed) where hunt performs another impossible looking breakin and extraction (Speaking of break ins, I still love the CIA HQ break in back in the first movie. damn, that was intense). And from that point on, it’s just twists, twists and damn twists. Lots of Gunfire, some close calls and yes, the last resort, like in every case, hand to hand combat!

Tech too gets a huge boost for the fifth installment. You’ve got a rubberized heartrate and breathing monitor, you’ve got all the Macbooks switched out for Windows tables (Wow. Did the entire MI franchise just completely switched over from Apple to Microsoft?), you’ve got an Opera scene in which a saxophone is converted into a top grade Sniper rifle in minutes. It’s thrilling.

Overall, I’d say the cinematic elements were f*cking amazing! Loved all of it. Though they could have been smoothed out in some areas and Hunt also appears to defy physics in some of the stunts he performs, overall, it’s very realistic and thrill giving.

Special mention has to go to the awesome car and bike chase scene in the pre ending scenes. Well shot and realistic, even the explosions.

  • The Ending:

Okay, I’m not going to disclose the ending (obviously not), but I will say this: The ending was completely event free as compared to the previous MI movies. When I say ending, I’m talking about the ACTUAL ENDING. Not the pre-ending, pre-climax. THE ACTUAL MOMENT WHEN THIS ALL ENDS.

It was disappointing, in case of Rogue Nation. It wasn’t as thrilling as the last one, where you know what happens, right. A nuclear missile gets deactivated just a second and a half from impact and falls off into the giant pacific off the coast of San Francisco.

There were several tense moments before the actual climax where the bad guy gets killed and the movie ends, like a suicide bomb being defused just .19 seconds before detonation (Not the ending). The audience was like, “Whoa, Thank fucking God!”

So, yeah, the ending was kinda okay, but kinda let’s the whole movie down, especially after such a nice buildup of the plot. I’m not complaining, I’m not. Jus sayin’ ;)

  • Sheky’s Rambling Verdict!

Go watch it. Now. Go.

Once you strap on, you’re guaranteed to get bursts of adrenaline with those action packed 133 minutes. Worth the money.

This was a worthy successor to the 2011 thriller, Ghost Protocol. Every bit worthy.

And, I certainly believe, the open-ending leaves behind a perfect opportunity for the future plot writers of the series to go around and let their imagination go wild.

So, yes. A great movie. My first movie review on this blog and I just to repeat myself, I have big plans. Hope you enjoyed this review. Stay tuned for more epic Sheky stuffs!

P.S: Look, I know this sucks but the Israeli article is still in the works. it’s kinda getting big, I’ll publish it before next Sunday, Promise! <3 :D



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