Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

logoDirector: Christopher McQuarrie

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie (Screenplay) Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce (Story)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Jingchu Zhang, Tom Hollander, Alec Baldwin

Plot: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Non Stop Action

Story: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation starts in London, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who gets his latest mission, a shadow nation known as the Syndicate who have turned the tables on Hunt. CIA Director Alan Hunley (Baldwin) is out to close the IMF with William Brandt (Renner) there to defend them the ruling is that the IMF is closed.

The Syndicate captures Ethan preparing to torture him before Ilsa Faust (Ferguson) saves him but remains undercover inside the Syndicate. Hunley is trying to hunt down Hunt even if it ends up going through his former team with Benji Dunn (Pegg) first up. Hunt continues to use his old team mate Benji as he tries to bring down the Syndicate, the question remains just how deep does the Syndicate’s cover up go and can Ethan and his team stop them before they complete their plan to create a new world they can control.

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is the toughest test Ethan has faced to date while I still wonder how anyone would even consider the fact Ethan has gone dark after just the four mission we have seen, we have to deal with it again here. I like how through the how film you are not sure what side of the fence Ilsa is but when it comes to Ethan’s story it does feel like more of the same. It is unfair to say this is bad because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and this could easily be the most action packed of the series especially as it doesn’t seem to let you have time to breathe. This is a wonderful addition to the spy genre. (8/10)

Actor Review

Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is our leading special agent who has been working on tracking down the Syndicate, when his unit gets closed down yet again he must go rogue himself with both the Syndicate and CIA after him. Ethan has to turn to his trusted team to supporting him along with undercover British Agent Ilsa to stop the Syndicate once and for all. Tom Cruise continues to show why he is the biggest blockbuster star around this a great performance. (9/10)hunt

Jeremy Renner: William Brandt has to deal with the wrath of the CIA Director who is out to stop Ethan and the IMF. He must let Ethan complete the mission but can’t directly help him in anyway, before teaming up with Luther to save Ethan. Jeremy continues with this almost awkward role, not his fault his character just feels out of place in the action side of things. (7/10)

Simon Pegg: Benji Dunn is the technologically skilled team member of Hunt’s who ends up getting pulled into the field which he wants to take down the Syndicate while being chased down by the CIA. Benji brings all the laughs to the making everything have a lighter feel which is much needed with all the action. Simon gives a great performance with an added laugh in almost every scene he is in. (9/10)benji

Rebecca Ferguson: Ilsa Faust is the member of the Syndicate that helps Ethan but through the whole film we never really know who she is working for even with her connection with the British Secret Service. Rebecca does a good job in the role that offers up the most interest mainly because we don’t know where her alliance is and Rebecca helps give mystery to his character. (7/10)ilsa

Sean Harris: Solomon Lane is the leader of the Syndicate, former British Intelligence who is waging his own war where he can end up control the fire arms being used in wars. Sean makes for a good villain but I think we still need that little extra from his characters side. (7/10)

Support Cast: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation has a big supporting cast that are the henchmen, the supporters of Ethan and just the pawns in the game as the truth needs to be bought out.

Director Review: Christopher McQuarrieChristopher brings his own style of action to this film to make us entertained from start to finish. (8/10)

Action: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation has brilliant action sequences through the whole film. (9/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation keeps you on the edge of your seat from the opening sequence until the end credits. (10/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation uses each setting to create another action sequence that all works but nothing to make us think they are important to actual story. (6/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is a must watch this year as it is easily one of the best action films of the year. (Watch)

Best Part: Morocco chase.

Worst Part: I think there is more to come from the Brandt character.

Action Scene Of The Film: Morocco chase.

Funniest Scene: No masks.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hour 11 Minutes

Tagline:  Go rogue

Trivia: The stunt coordinator told Simon Pegg that Cruise was going to do all the driving because he didn’t have any driver better than him.

Overall: Spy films have never felt more action packed.

Rating 85

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec (Screenplay) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Josh Holloway

 

Plot: The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Game Changer in the Mission Impossible Franchise

 

Story: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol starts in Budapest (Yes another well-known city), this time we watch Hanaway (Holloway) making a grand escape before getting eliminated by assassin Sabine Moreau (Seydoux).we move to follow Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who has been locked up in a Russian prison, he is broken out by Benji (Pegg) and Jane (Patton) who know that Hunt can help retrieve the chip lost when Hanaway was killed.

The three have to break into the Kremlin to stop Colbolt from deleting his files making him impossible to find. The mission get compromised and Hunt has to call for a mission abort but finds himself locked up in a hospital after a mysterious man blows the Kremlin. Ethan being picked up Secretary of IMF (Wilkinson) where we learn that IMF has been disbanded but Ethan has been given one final mission to clear the names of him and his team for the Kremlin bombing and find Hendricks (Nyqvist) the man Ethan believe to be responsible. The extraction gets attacked leaving Ethan with analyst Brandt (Renner) joining up with Jane and Benji as they are the lone members of IMF to clear the names.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol manages to address the over used storylines in the franchise and turn them into failed attempts on mission with the equipment failing and for the first time not even hinting at a mole inside IMF. The pace of this film is what is most impressive because it is non-stop from the moment the opening sequences happens to the final act it all takes place in almost real time without the travelling. This is how a spy film should be done with the team having to work out the solution without having to rely on the computer back home. I would say this is easily the best in the franchise because it manages to break free of the restraints the previous outings seem to have around them. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is the lead in the operation to clear America’s name from bombing the Kremlin, he must assemble a new team to take on the latest impossible mission only this time the stakes a higher. Tom shows that he can still play the action hero and isn’t afraid to take the chances with the stunt work he willing takes part in. (8/10)

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Paula Patton: Jane was the lead on the original mission and after Hanaway gets killed she takes the latest mission personally making her decision making more difficult. Paula fills the leading lady role nicely without really doing too much extra. (7/10)

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Simon Pegg: Benji is now a fully trained field operative (somehow) and is part of the team used to rescue and work with Hunt. He is easily the character that makes you laugh the most through the whole film. Simon pretty much is the scene stealer with all the fun lines that will make you laugh through the action. (8/10)

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Jeremy Renner: Brandt who seems like a normal analyst but shows his worth when it comes to the mission in hand to hand combat. Jeremey shows he did his training for the action roles and plays the man of mystery well. (7/10)

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Michael Nyqvist: Hendricks is the villain of the piece arranging for the codes to be taken, he is brilliant trained and uses all his skills to stay one step ahead of the game. Michael makes for a good villain showing he was using his brains over the fighting. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol has a supporting cast that includes mostly the people Ethan’s team are after and a determined Russian agent trying to capture Ethan unsuccessfully.

 

Director Review: Brad Bird – Brad does a great job making an entertaining action film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (8/10)

 

Action: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is filled with action but all very tactical action. (8/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps you interested from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps the settings well-known so we can tell where things are going on without needed to be told. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is one for all the action fans to enjoy with plenty of action and stunts. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Building running.

Worst Part: Sometimes we get too many jokes.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car fighting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one more sequel

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $695 Million

Budget: $145 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.

 

Overall: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is easily the best yet in a franchise that just seems to improve.

Rating 85

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

logoDirector: Joss Whedon

Writer: Joss Whedon (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (Comic Book)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Andy Serkis

 

Plot: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fight, Regroup, Fight, Repeat

 

Story: Avengers: Age of Ultron starts by showing our Avengers Iron Man (Downey Jr), Thor (Hemsworth) Captain America (Evans) Hawkeye (Renner) Hulk (Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Johansson) trying to take down Hydra in Slovakia. We get to see how they are finally working as a unit, but when Hydra have hidden weapons with Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlett Witch (Olsen) what looks like a simple missing takes a turn when Hawkeye gets injured, but more worrying Tony gets tricked by the Scarlett Witch as the mission looks like a success when the team collect Loki’s staff.

Tony wants to use Loki’s Staff to create a dream peacekeeping system named Ultron. When Ultron takes over Jarvis we see its intentions are hostile and it decides that the only way to find peace would be to destroy all of the Avengers. Ultron reunites with Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch as they plan to eliminate the Avengers, while on the other side of the battles we watch how the Avengers look for clues to where Ultron is and what went wrong with the programming.

Ultron continues its plan to take over the world and the Avengers have to regroup while going into hiding before figuring out the next plan of attack in the attempts to stop Ultron from destroying the world.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has to really be looked at as an over the top filler before the big fight. We needed a film to finally show how united the Avengers have become and the fact they actually create the villain shows that we just need to see how they can work together to overcome more personal demons. I feel I am going to be very critical about this film mainly because I would have liked something stronger. I personally keep going on about how I think we need to see the villain actually win or have the upper hand by the end of the film much like Star Wars Empire Strikes Back did. I did like how we got to learn more about Hawkeye and Black Widow and focused a lot more about what Hawkeye was fighting for giving the Avengers a human feeling instead of having all the superheroes taking centre stage. I also feel most of the team got good amount of screen time and we have been able to avoid character development because of the previous films. I don’t feel this is up to the story levels we would expect from an Avengers film but I do think it does what it needs to entertain. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Downey Jr: Tony Stark/Iron Man is back to his cocky self where he wants to use his superior intelligence to try and play God building a peacekeeping machine. This only ends up creating the next villain Ultron and Tony has to keep the team together while solving his latest problem. I did get confused how Tony was back working for the Avengers though because I believe he was meant to have given up on the superhero idea and we never learn why he goes back into it. Robert continues to show why he was perfect choice for Tony Stark but I do still wonder why we didn’t get more information about why Tony returned. (7/10)

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Chris Hemsworth: Thor is the God who is back on Earth fighting with the Avengers, we see how he can still struggle with Earth cultures but he almost goes into background support character. Chris does a good job but I feel his character falls too much into the background of the Avengers. (6/10)

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Mark Ruffalo: Bruce Banner/Hulk is as always conflicted with his dark side and we get an awkward romantic angle with Black Widow and lots of moping around about what he can’t control. Mark does a good job as we can see how conflicted he has become because of his alter ego. (7/10)

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Chris Evans: Steve Rogers/Captain America is the leader of the Avengers now and always tries to do the right thing for every move, we see how he goes toe to toe with Tony but makes sure the safety of the innocent is his priority. Chris shows why he is the leader well throughout making sure he takes centre stage whenever the team needs him. (7/10)

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Scarlett Johansson: Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow is a character we do get to learn more about her with deeper look into the past, along with the romantic angle with Bruce Banner. Scarlett gives us a different look at her character giving Scarlett a chance to show her skills. (7/10)

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Jeremy Renner: Clint Barton/Hawkeye has plenty of surprises up his sleeves in this one, he actually ends up being the most important character in the film because he is showing the human side to what they are battling for. Jeremy gets to take his character to the front of the team and easily is the star improvement character. (8/10)

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James Spader: Ultron (Voice) is the creation of Tony’s where he uses the power from Loki’s Staff to discover a computer based intelligence that will take over while trying to find real peace in the world. James voice strikes fear with every word he says. (7/10)

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver is the supersonic runner who is against the Avengers and along with his twin sister keeps interfering with the plans of the Avengers against Ultron before seeing the errors of their ways. Aaron does a good job joining the massive cast showing he can join in like a regular with ease. (7/10)

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Elizabeth Olsen: Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch is the woman who has the ability to control the minds of anyone and uses her powers to let the Avengers see their worst nightmares. She also has the ability to fire something from her hands which never seems to get explained as she teams up with Ultron before learning the errors of her way and joining with the Avengers. Elizabeth makes for a great addition to the cast if only I knew more about her characters powers. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Avengers: Age of Ultron has a mega supporting cast that includes plenty of familiar faces from the franchise popping up when the team need them.

 

Director Review: Joss Whedon – Joss give what all the fans boys want, he checks all the boxes for a Blockbuster but he lacks that originality he is famous for. (7/10)

 

Action: Avengers: Age of Ultron has so many action sequences that manage to show each of the Avengers powers/abilities too, but they are also familiar. (9/10)

Superhero: Avengers: Age of Ultron is what every superhero fan will enjoy, build the love for the characters. (9/10)

Thriller: Avengers: Age of Ultron makes you want to watch until the end but I don’t feel the villain threat feels dangerous enough. (7/10)

Settings: Avengers: Age of Ultron uses basic settings that don’t seem to make too much to make any effect on the film until the final one with the town floating away. (6/10)
Special Effects
: Avengers: Age of Ultron uses great effects to make everything look realistic throughout. (8/10)

Suggestion: Avengers: Age of Ultron is one for the popcorn film fan to enjoy, but you know this you never go into an Avenger movie looking for something serious. (Popcorn Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Banter.

Worst Part: Seen the fights before.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final one.

Funniest Scene: The Hammer lifting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequels planned with both individual and joint films

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Similar Too: Avengers Assemble

 

Oscar Chances: Could get a few for visual or special effects.

Budget: $250 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 21 Minutes

Tagline: A new age begins

Trivia: James Spader was Joss Whedon’s first and only choice for the role of Ultron, because of his “hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling while also being very human and humorous”.

 

Overall: Avengers Age of Ultron is a glorified filler film, giving us a chance to see our favourite characters get another win over an unthreatening villain.

Rating 70

Trailer Alert – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Plot – Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Release Date: 31st July 2015

Stars:

  • Tom Cruise (Top Gun)
  • Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
  • Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead)

Director: Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher)

Highlight of the Trailer: Plane Scene

What Looks Good? The whole thing looks very good.

What Looks Bad? It could have the same old twist.

Summary: The Mission Impossible films continue to take time for release to make sure they get a real top popcorn action film, this looks no different as we watch Ethan Hunt take on a whole Rogue Nation with a great supporting cast too.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Trailer Alert – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Plot – When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Release Date:  24th April 2015

Questions:

A full blown teaser trailer here not giving too much away, how excited are you?

The rumour is that we will see one of the Avengers killed off, which one do you think it will be?

How will the support villains (Quick Silver and Scarlett Witch) work?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 85%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes