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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [2015] (2 discs)

Director:Christopher McQuarrie
Writer:Christopher McQuarrie
Composer:Joe Kraemer
Length:131 minutes
(2 hours 11 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
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IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: The MI movies have really hit their stride. Excellent film. Great fun.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Christopher McQuarrie => Director / Writer
Joe Kraemer => Composer
Alec Baldwin => Alan Hunley
America Olivo => Turandot
Hermione Corfield => Record Shop Girl
James Cleverton => The Mandarin
James McOran Campbell => Ping
Jens Hultén => Janik Vinter
Jeremy Renner => William Brandt
Jesus Alvarez => Caláf
Jingchu Zhang => Lauren
Martin Nelson => Altoum
Nicholas Sharratt => Pong
Nigel Barber => Chairman
Rebecca Ferguson => Ilsa Faust
Sean Harris => Lane
Simon McBurney => Atlee
Simon Pegg => Benji Dunn
Tom Cruise => Ethan Hunt
Tom Hollander => Prime Minister
Tom Lowe => Pang
Ving Rhames => Luther Stickell

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This is the first film in the series where a member of Ethan's team (Benji) is kidnapped by the primary antagonist, although Ethan himself is kidnapped in Mission: Impossible III. In fact, Ethan's insistence on saving Benji in this film could be seen as him returning a favor from Mission: Impossible III. In that film, Benji is the only character to help Ethan save his kidnapped wife.
  • Tom Cruise is only five years younger in this film than Jon Voight was in the original Mission Impossible film.
  • Jeremy Renner still has one more movie on his contract after this movie.
  • Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) mentioned in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol that he wanted to wear a face mask. Although he appears to wear one in this movie, that scene turns out to be an impossible outcome of his mission.
  • Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg performed all their own driving stunts. The stunt coordinator told Simon Pegg that Cruise was going to do all the driving because he didn't have a driver better than him.
  • This entry either directly or indirectly references all four previous movies in the series (aside from each of Ethan's IMF team members having been in at least one earlier film). During the scene early on with Hunley and Brandt speaking to a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Hunley mentions the IMF's break-in at the CIA's Langley headquarters (from the first film) as well as the destruction of the Kremlin (from Ghost Protocol). In the following scene, where Ethan is prepped for what appears to be a grisly torture, his rescuer Ilsa palms a handcuff key attached to a rabbit's foot, an apparent reference to the MacGuffin in M:I-3, which was never explained but referred to as the Rabbit's Foot. Additionally, the motorcycle chase in this film is reminiscent of the one in M:I-2. Finally, a major scene in the film's third act is set inside a London train station; the first M:I movie included a long scene filmed at London's Liverpool Street Station.
  • The film's producers originally wanted Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird to return to helm the follow up film. Bird declined the offer in order to do Tomorrowland. Christopher McQuarrie was then brought in by the film's producers under the franchise's leading man Tom Cruise's request for the director's job.
  • Tom Cruise was injured 6 times during the making of the movie.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was the first consideration to play as a villain.
  • Tom Cruise was struck in the body by a small pebble while filming one of the takes hanging from the plane. Cruise claimed that the impact hurt so badly he was certain he had been badly injured and was afraid to look once the take was over. Fortunately the pebble merely embedded in his clothing and he was amazed by how small it was.
  • The subtitle of the film (Rogue Nation) caused a small conflict between Paramount and Disney, which announced its [Star Wars] spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, at the same time. Both production companies came to an agreement: in exchange for use of the title, Disney wouldn't promote or release any promotional materials of its own film until Paramount's film was released.
  • The only Mission: Impossible film to date where the main villain is not killed.
  • The language spoken by Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and Janik Vinter (Jens Hultén) in the beginning and the end of the movie is Swedish. Both the actors' country of origin is Sweden.
  • First [Mission: Impossible] film in which every member of Ethan Hunt's IMF team is a veteran of at least one previous installment in the franchise.
  • The film directly jumps in from the previous film, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which ends with Ethan prepping his team to investigate the Syndicate, the mysterious, antagonistic, organization of this film. The Syndicate, the covert criminal organization which features in the film, were the regular antagonists in the original [Mission: Impossible] TV series.
  • Ethan Hunt's code name in the film is "Bravo Echo 1-1", just like in the first Mission Impossible movie.
  • Ethan receives his new mission on a record - this was one of first ways of receiving new missions from the TV series.
  • Tom Cruise stated in an interview that it was his intention to do the stunt hanging onto the Airbus A400M in a way to outdo himself after the Burj Khalifa climb stunt in the previous film. However, his idea raised objections by the crew due to safety. Being a certified pilot himself, he wanted to get the feel of being out on the wing or on the side of the airplane. A major obstacle to filming would be bird strikes and wind resistance on the runway. To capture the action, a wind-resistant custom frame for the camera was built and mounted onto the left wing of the plane. The other major problem would be keeping Cruise's eyes open in the presence of fast wind and runway particles, so his eye specialist designed a special lens that can cover the entire eyeball. Eight takes of the stunt were filmed. Christopher McQuarrie was very concerned that the actor might panic suddenly, but was assured by Cruise to not stop filming until the stunt had been finished.
  • Paula Patton and Maggie Q were set to reprise their roles from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible III, respectively. Both actresses dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The original release date was set for December 25, 2015. However Paramount pulled forward the release date to July 31 to avoid competition with Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.