Written By: Harald Schossman
Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg were greeted by
thousands of cheering fans in the city of Vienna, Austria last Thursday night as they arrived for the
world premiere of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. The iconic film star has never before returned to a filming location for
a movie premiere. Now the city of Vienna would see its first ever world premiere of a major Hollywood blockbuster.
When the filmmakers shot a pivotal action scene for Mission Impossible:
Rogue Nation at the Vienna Opera House last fall they felt it was a nice location to also hold the world premiere. So they
had an IMAX screen installed in the historic theater. Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg spent literally hours signing autographs,
posing for pictures before they were joined by Rebecca Ferguson and the rest of the filmmakers. The stars were very gracious
with autographs and the mood was so good that the start of the film was actually delayed for almost two hours.
Rogue Nation marks the fifth installment for Ethan Hunt
and his growing team but the Mission Impossible franchise still works. Hunt is giving James Bond a run for his money
as the film opens with a 007 styled pre title sequence where Hunt clings to the outside of a plane in an attempt to thwart
delivery of a stash of chemical weapons.
This stunt puts Ethan Hunt on the radar of The Syndicate,
an international terrorist organization intent on spreading fear by perpetrating previously unimagined acts of terror and
violence. To make things worse the CIA succeeds in abolishing the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) and searches for Hunt,
for they simply don't believe The Syndicate even exists.
Enter Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) who saves Hunt's life and
crosses paths with him again in Vienna where Ethan and Benji (Simon Pegg) prevent an assassination at the Vienna Opera house
during a show. It's never quite clear which side Ilsa Faust is on or if she's just playing her own game, but Rebecca Ferguson
manages to combine action, charm and wit into a well composed young lady that keeps Ethan Hunt on his toes. In fact being
a man without a country, chased by the CIA, Ethan has little choice but to trust Ilsa even if her motives are often unclear.
Aside form Benji, whom Hunt cleverly cons into helping him, Ethan
gets some additional help from William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) who manage to delay the CIA
and provide much needed assistance in uncovering the mystery that surrounds The Syndicate.
Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie delivers a film that is
more than just breathtaking action sequences, they are truly impressive, the motorcycle scene in Morocco is in fact one of
the best action scenes in recent years, but it's his sharp plot that keeps the mystery alive and delivers surprising twists
making Rogue Nation a worthwhile movie experience.
Tom Cruise still looks incredibly fit at 53 and if the
box office delivers, there is no reason why Ethan Hunt shouldn't return for a few more adventures.