The film picks up a year or so after the events of Ghost Protocol. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is busy chasing down the syndicate, all while attempting to lead the CIA off his trail, as he's currently one of the most wanted men in the world. The syndicate, by the way, is a rogue nation of enemies, their mission being to take down every member of the IMF, including our hero Ethan. To take them down, Ethan must recruit his old team, consisting of William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames), as well as newcomer Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). With the IMF compromised and a possibility of this being their final mission, it's a race against the clock as they've got to take down the syndicate before things get out of hand. Well, more out of hand than they already are.
The action in this film really took it up a notch, creating an environment of constant surprises. Watching this movie, I honestly didn't know where it was going, which is so unlike this franchise, excluding Ghost Protocol. The first three films are insanely predictable, but there's still so much fun to be had. With these last two movies, most of the realism is out of the door, but the intensity and the levels of fun have been dialled up to eleven. This film is constant blast. It's two hours of adrenaline with no downfall. It's edited tightly and directed smoothly, and the result is worthwhile.
But keeping the film going is the cast, most of them getting a chance to really show us what they've got. Tom Cruise is always charismatic and likeable, but I've talked about him so much in the past that I don't feel the need to discuss him any further. Let's talk about the rest of the cast. Simon Pegg really takes centre stage in this movie, having a more dominant role than he did in the previous two movies. This works to the film's advantage because that man is amazing and I've loved him in everything he's done. Then there's Jeremy Renner, who I also love in pretty much everything he's done, and in Rogue Nation, Renner does what he does best. He's sarcastic, witty and has the balls to try and outshine Tom Cruise. Good on you, Jeremy. Good on you.
To sum up, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation won't win any awards for being the most original of movies, and the third act definitely lowers the stakes slightly, but the film as a whole is action packed, unpredictable and just damn entertaining. Tom Cruise just can't be stopped.