It’s been 4 years since we last saw Ethan (played by Tom Cruise) and his IMF team on the big screen, we last saw them in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (directed by Brad Bird) on the run after being framed for blowing up the Kremlin after tracking down a terrorist named Hendricks (played by Michael Nyqvist), at which point the President had no other choice than to issue Ghost Protocol which was to disavow the IMF.

Now the team take on their most impossible mission yet in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

I’ve been looking forward to the next chapter in the Mission Impossible franchise since I heard the gossip back in 2011 that there would be a fifth movie, but back then the news was going around about Tom Cruise not being in it, how could you have the IMF without him!

I have been a big fan of the film franchise ever since Tom Cruise brought Ethan Hunt to the big screen back in 1996 and directed by Brian De Palma then we had two sequels. M:I-2 directed by John Woo and M:I:III directed by J.J.Abrams, then back in 2011 we got the Ghost Protocol directed by Brad Bird and they have all been great movies.

So when I got the invitation to pop in to the IMAX screen at Vue Cinemas at Cheshire Oaks to be part of the opening of the screen and to see Mission Impossible 5 in IMAX, how could I say no, so myself and three of my fellow radio colleagues were shown to our VIP seats and we got ready for the movie and a superb introduction to the new screen.

With the team back from the earlier film including, Benji (Simon Pegg), Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luthur (Ving Rhames), the movie opens with that amazing scene you see in the trailer of the outstanding plane stunt with Hunt hanging on for his life.

Then it’s on to the music that we all know and love, the Mission Impossible theme with the title sequence pulling sequences from the movie.

So it may be four years since the last movie, but wow this one doesn’t let up, the film is action packed with amazing stunts and chase sequences that franchise has being bringing us since 1996. J.J. Abrams is back on board for the ride, this times as producer as Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) takes to the helm on this visual roller-coaster ride.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation Cruise Control

McQuarrie has done a brilliant job directing, it’s great to have the serious moments with Hunt and the comedic element with Benji, something that Brad Bird had brought in to the franchise in Ghost Protocol, there were plenty of laughs during our screening, having the team back together and to tie in to the previous movie with the Syndicate (a regular antagonist in the 1966 TV Series), everything pulls together nicely.

[Tweet “Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg performed all their own driving stunts.”]

There is certainly plenty to watch out for with the action sequences in the film, the motorcycle sequence in Morocco had me holding on to my seat, seeing it in IMAX certainly had me feeling like I was there with them, heaven knows how it would have felt if it was in 3D, I can only imagine.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation – Cruise Control

Tom Cruise certainly still has what it takes to bring us a great action movie, the stunt work, the humour and of course the on-screen energy that he has during key scenes in the film.

Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt climbs on the outside of a flying airplane (an Airbus A400M) without the use of special effects or a stunt double. At times he was suspended on the aircraft 5000 feet in the air (1.5 kilometers). Source IMDB

Cruise, 53, has mentioned about Mission Impossible 6 and I’m one happy movie fan that can’t wait for that one to come along, just hope we don;t have to wait another four years for that one to come along.

“We’re starting to work on it now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer,” – Tom Cruise

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation – Payoff Trailer

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is in Cinema’s now, if you can get the chance to see it in IMAX then we highly recommend it, if you want an all out action movie night out with some laughs then this is certainly for you, the movie is rated 12A.

Massive thanks to Vue Cinemas at Cheshire Oaks for the invitation and the VIP treatment, our team loved the evening and the movie.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham