[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]In tandem with the Fast and Furious franchise, the Mission: Impossible series has become the gold standard for outrageous action. Whatever Tom Cruise is going through personally or professionally at the moment, he's had these movies to fall back on as a critical and financial crutch for almost the last decade. But in a summer that's already brought us the aforementioned latest chapter in Furious-ness and the life-changing Mad Max: Fury Road, not to mention the surprisingly fun Ant-Man and the ho-hum Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation mostly falls on blind eyes and deaf ears.
It's not as fun as Ghost Protocol, and it's not as unexpectedly well-developed as Mission: Impossible III. It feels like Another Chapter in the Ethan Hunt Saga, a relatively welcome endeavor that ultimately fails to impress in any unique or interesting way.
The synopsis is nothing new: Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back in the fold as an agent of the IMF, and the government is trying to shut their clandestine operation down. As CIA Director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) and IMF head William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) spar in courtrooms and offices, Hunt travels the world with Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) in a quest to shut down the Syndicate, an international terrorist group bent on remaking the world in their image.