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Where Are the Women? Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

18 hours ago

The only female character here may be intelligent and capable… but she is often treated as a decorative object in a way that her male colleagues aren’t.

Warning! Tiny spoiler in the Wildcard section.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation movie review: familiar yet fresh

23 hours ago

Works for your appreciation with gasp-inducing action sequences and an ethos that has fun with its legacy while moving in a new direction. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the previous film in the series

I’m “biast” (con): really would like to see some new stories

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If we simply must keep getting the same movies over and over and over again — and that is not a concession that this status quo is unchangeable — they need to be at least as good as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Though perhaps with less convoluted punctuation in their titles.

Have we see this all before? Yes… and no. Spy action thrillers should be a dime a dozen instead of $21/£18 a pop in IMAX, but ubiquitous they certainly are. Globetrotting gunplay by agents with cool gadgets and a particular set of skills are utterly »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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