Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a solidly entertaining instalment in the spy action franchise.

If the story plays out as a familiar variation on former films, the action sequences keeps things exciting. Admittedly they also don't exactly do anything new either but Cruise's insistence on doing the majority of his own stunts without relying too much on CGI makes this a cut above most other blockbusters. The opening which finds Cruise clinging on to an airborne plane, an attempt to stop an assassination in an opera house, a heist and a car and motorbike chase in Morocco are all highlights. Christopher McQuarrie does a great job in keeping the spy machinations moving briskly along in both his direction and script.

Cruise is again a solid lead and is well supported by a mix of old and new faces.
Rebecca Ferguson is a welcome addition as an arse-kicking femme fatale and Simon Pegg stays just the right side of annoying again. Mirroring his second appearance as Hawkeye in Avengers, Jeremy Renner gets a little more to do even though he still remains in the shadow of the bigger stars. Only Whispering Sean Harris really disappoints as a slightly weak villain.

On a par with Ghost Protocol as regards entertainment value, it also shares it weaknesses. The aforementioned underwhelming villain and the fact that action-wise it peaks about two-thirds of the way in. Like Ghost Protocol though these are minor faults.

Rogue Nation may be familiar fare, offering little in the way of surprises but it is also a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

Review by Kevin Knapman

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (12A)

2h 11m

starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris

UK Rlease: Thursday 30th July 2015