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Rogue Nation: Movie Review

  • Merkwürdige Liebe

    Merkwürdige Liebe

    Desimartini | Updated - August 13, 2015 3:19 PM IST
    3.3DM (1048 ratings)

    Verdict - ‘Rogue Nation’ ends up unremarkable despite the superb setpieces.

    Mission: Impossible Rogue NationWatch trailerRelease date : August 07, 2015

    There’s a setpiece in ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, that’s staged with such tremendous intelligence and ferocity that it’d do proud both Alfred Hitchcock and his unabashed pupil Brian De Palma, who directed the first installment of the Mission: Impossible series. The action takes place backstage at a theatre staging an opera, there are multiple participants in the scene situated at different places in the theatre premises, and it’s nothing short of masterful how McQuarrie uses cross-cutting to give us the full sense of the space and simultaneously dramatize the action to staggeringly awesome levels. In general, there’s a great level of tactility to the action scenes in Rogue Nation further enhanced by the slightly grainy look (it was shot on 35mm film) and McQuarrie inserts all the elements into these action scenes that make blockbuster stuff so much fun: one whistle-worthy moment in which Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson, who kicks a lot of ass here) rescues Cruise’s Ethan Hunt during a ticking-clock operation after the latter slightly botches up the task; another one where she shrewdly outsmarts the hero, one with a legendary reputation; and the extremely witty beat with which the opening scene ends before giving way to the opening credits sequence. It is then somewhat disappointing that despite featuring such terrific moments, ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’, although never tedious, ends up an unremarkable film. The scenes other than the action setpieces carry little charge of their own. McQuarrie doesn’t develop his characters and the relationships between them, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, ‘Rogue Nation’ offers very little of interest in these “other” scenes. They carry little wit or humour. Ilsa isn’t provided with a backstory. Despite working so closely on the mission, Ethan and Ilsa, unlike James and Vesper, don’t really develop much of a romantic relationship. Points for not pushing perfunctory and unsatisfactorily built character “arcs” here (I’m looking at you, ‘Gravity’) but McQuarrie does little to utilize the device of blank-slate characters to an interesting end. The action in ‘Rogue Nation’ is often exhilarating, but the film is padded with quite a bit of unexciting stuff and ultimately ends up being a lot less than a sum of its parts.

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