"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" First Impression

Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation"

Like I mentioned yesterday on Wopular.com, I went to a promotional screening of “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” last night. Like what the early reviews have indicated, it’s very good.

You know you’re in good hands when the filmmakers have enough confidence to give you the most-hyped action sequence from the trailer -- you know, the one with Tom Cruise hanging onto the door of a flying plane -- in the beginning of the film. That’s telling the audience, “Hey, you know that crazy stunt that you think is gonna be the highlight of the film? Well, it’s not. We have much better stuff coming.” And they do.

The underwater sequence is tense and suspenseful. You see a glimpse of it from the trailer where Cruise jumps into something that looks like a black hole. It’s actually water. This trilling sequence reminds me of the same kind of creativity from the skyscraper scene of “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.”

Following that is a motorcycle stunt that rivals what John Woo did in “Mission: Impossible II.” Maybe this scene is just fresher in my mind because I haven’t seen the second film in a while. Still, it’s a very exciting sequence, with Cruise zigzagging through oncoming traffic as he pursues someone up a hill.

I like a film that gives you more just when you thought you’ve already gotten the best it has to offer. I also like that the stunts look realistic and not CGI-assisted. There are excitement and creativity in these sequences. It’s not the kind of computer generated mass mayhem you see often nowadays in comic book movies.

Like what some of the critics wrote on Rotten Tomatoes, the story is hard to follow at times, but I was able to piece it together by the end. Also, the script is “jokey” throughout which adds to the fun.

“Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” opens on July 31st and also stars Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Alec Baldwin.

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