Your mission should you choose to accept it…
The first look (“Fate”) and first trailer for the fifth Mission: Impossible film is finally here. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have lit the fuse on the marketing campaign and “Rogue Nation” opens in theaters July 31 of this summer. The film sees Tom Cruise return as Ethan Hunt, alongside his IMF team members Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames. This time, the fifth mission is being helmed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher).
From the looks of the first trailer and a few words from director Chris McQuarrie, “Rogue Nation” aims for a retro vibe giving it a closer tone to the television series than the last four movies. In the IMF’s fifth mission, Agent Ethan Hunt and co. seek out the shadowy and villainous group known as The Syndicate. Fans of the show will remember The Syndicate as the “Anti-IMF” agency that they were always going after. In other words, The Syndicate was to the IMF what Cobra was to G.I. Joe (or KAOS to Control).
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” looks like a highly entertaining action/adventure film for this summer and a great alternative to some of the bigger and more CGI-driven films set for release. I’ve been a huge fan of Tom Cruise’s Mission franchise since May 1996 and will certainly be among the first group of people to see this. From the tone and pacing of McQuarrie’s “Rogue Nation”, “Mission: Impossible” seems as if it will keep the same Saturday morning matinée spirit of Brad Bird’s “Ghost Protocol.” It’s a welcome stylistic approach for those tired of big and loud entertainment and made Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones” series so much fun.
What’s the Impossible moment of “Rogue Nation”, you wonder? It is, hands down, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt climbing onto an Airbus A400 in England before take off and hanging on the outside during flight. In a USA Today interview, Tom Cruise added “I’ve often sat on airplanes, looked out and thought, ‘What would it be like out there on the wing?’ This is the (stuff) I think about. That’s me the whole time. I was standing right over the tires when we landed. It’s nerve-racking for everyone else, but pretty exciting for me.”
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opens in theaters on July 31st in 2D and IMAX. Advance tickets are already on sale. Be sure to check out www.missionimpossible.com to find a theater near you.