Again there is an absurd plot, but at least it’s fairly interesting. However, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) succeeds on the strength of its utterly captivating adventure set pieces. A terrorist mastermind’s silly overkill in an opera-house assassination scheme creates some mesmerizing human doings. A motorcycle chase is long-and-winding exhilaration.
Participating here, and elsewhere, is of course Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, but also newcomer Rebecca Ferguson, a Swedish actress using an imperfect British accent, who is practically the star of the movie. (But not quite, Tom.) A real action heroine she is, and she somehow looks like a secret agent. She has a noirish look. The acting in Rogue Nation, such as that of Simon Pegg,is winningly successful.
Christopher McQuarrie’s film knows how to cast a spell.