So, in the last film, there was a little phone call on some sort of syndicate and samples of nerve gas being stolen, and this is the film's elaboration. Only this time, after the destruction of the Kremlin from the last film, there's controversy over whether the IMF being put back in business, legally anyway, should be approved. Ethan Hunt, obviously played by Tom Cruise, is now on the run, mostly courtesy of Alec Baldwin's new character. And this syndicate is serious. As Benji calls it, an anti IMF. And this time, there may not be any spy infiltration possible because they seem to know Hunt and his team's whereabouts and motives. There's also an agent who may or may not be undercover, may or may not be a mole named Ilsa played by Rebecca Ferguson. Now how will Ethan Hunt and once again his team of operatives who are nowhere near assistance or headquarters single handedly get a step ahead of the syndicate and perhaps convince the board to reopen the IMF? One word for every problem comes up: Impossible. Isn't that word the icing on the cake in making a good plot structure? And the only thing that is on Ethan Hunt's trail in a straight line is this one face.
Now, my god, does this movie have more stunts than even Ghost Protocol! It seems that the creators try harder and harder with every one. I didn't enjoy the lit fuse scene that, you know, gives away a few hints of what will happen. I admit, it was still excellent, just once again not as good as Ghost Protocol. It also goes a few points downward for Ilsa's character. She mysteriously leaves herself behind during a mission and kind of, well, I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say she's heroic but not exactly trustworthy, and I kind of prefer Paula Patton's character, Jane Carter, over her. But that's about it when I have to say what I didn't like, and I may feel bad at decreasing the score to an A just for those two things but hey, Ghost Protocol and Now You See Me were a bit better. But let me say, as I said, that the action scenes are just as good, trust me. One of the first action scenes involves something shown in the trailer that's actually got a few surprises of it's own, and then there's a scene at a concert that's both a little confusing and hilarious. Simon Pegg's character, Benji, drove the humour in the last movie and does just as good here. There's another little plan involving identification confirmation where there's a machine that, spoilers, watches the way you walk if normal or not, and that device made me shudder a bit. That's so creepy, isn't it? If you had to go through one of these scanners, wouldn't you cringe a bit about not walking quite as normally as usual? I could say more, but let me just say that Rogue Nation is badass. Absolutely nothing in this movie is really predictable, which is a rainbow of cookies compared to thrillers like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., especially this meeting scene that turns marvellously inside out and backwards. And I may just change my grade to an A+ the next time I watch it.
In short, I'm not really pumped for the next Mission: Impossible, because with Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, I don't really need any more movies, these ones are good on their very own firm feet. And on their nostalgic-for-some-seniors, exemplary and untransgressive-unlike-Skyfall franchise.