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Is the fifth time the charm for “Mission: Impossible”? The almost 20-year-old franchise has gone through some ups and downs over the years, but “Rogue Nation” has arguably earned even better reviews than the last installment, Brad Bird's “Ghost Protocol.” Who knew? One reason “Rogue Nation” works so well is because of relative newcomer Rebecca Ferguson. Actually, you might have caught the Swedish actress in last summer’s terrible “Hercules” (she’s probably hoping you forgot), but to most moviegoers this will be her coming out party. As an undercover agent straddling allegiances between the bad guys (the mysterious Syndicate) and the supposed good guys (MI6) Ferguson is never from the action or the storyline. Without her seductive performance much of “Rogue Nation” might have seemed overtly familiar. Director and co-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie probably deserves the lion's share of praise, however. McQuarrie is new to the “Mission” creative team »
- Gregory Ellwood
Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.
This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »
- Christina Leo
Since 2006, Tom Cruise has been reduced to, for lack of a better phrase, a global joke; a quick source for derision, slander, and mockery among the A-List Hollywood performers for the masses to prod at. There was his Jumping the Couch moment on Oprah, the uncomfortable Scientology interview, his termination with Paramount studios, and M:i:iii underperforming at the box office. In short, 2006 was not a good year for the iconic A-Lister.
Despite such set-backs Cruise still produces and stars in critically and financially successful movies, which proves his presence in Hollywood is unscathed. One needs only to look at 2011’s Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which would become Cruise’s highest grossing film to date, or the last few films that have received critical acclaim i.e. Edge of Tomorrow. Further, when one looks at Cruise’s career, one gets a sense that »
- Matthew Lee
Hailed by some as the best Mission: Impossible movie to date, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation earned $20 million on Friday and is expected to gross around $52 million for the weekend. The Christopher McQuarrie helmed movie has already had the biggest opening day in the history of the franchise, so part six will no doubt start moving ahead very soon (Tom Cruise has been quoted as saying it will be next year). For a while now, Cruise hasn't had a huge amount of luck at the domestic box office, with the majority of his movies - Jack Reacher and Edge of Tomorrow for example - performing much better overseas; Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation should mark a turn of fortunes for him though. At this point, it's surprising he hasn't done a comic book movie! After remaining at #1 last weekend, Ant-Man has now slipped to #4 with Vacation and Minions slipping past it. »
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, 2015.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Imf.
Director Christopher McQuarrie (whom recently partnered with Tom Cruise on Jack Reacher) makes an interesting decision to begin Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation with the heavily promoted and marketed, seemingly death-defying stunt of Ethan Hunt running across the wing of a plane, hanging on it, and so many more acrobatic feats that Tom Cruise insisted he do for real. On one hand the movie starts off with an explosion of adrenaline coursing through your body, but it also leaves the question “Did this movie just send its greatest player to bat first?”
The answer is a mixture of »
- Robert Kojder
Tom Cruise has been welcomed back to the nation’s multiplexes, with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” heading for a U.S. opening weekend that could top $50 million, according to early estimates Friday.
That could be four times as much as that for the rebooted “Vacation,” which is underperforming with a projected Friday-Sunday total of $12.5 million and a disappointing five-day cume ar0und $19 million.
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is dominating Friday business, with a first-day total of at least $20 million at 3,956 locations. That figure includes $4 million from Thursday-night preview showings.
Paramount’s fifth entry in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has launched amid a marketing campaign with Cruise — one of the best promoters in the business — hitting the circuit to discuss the film and its eye-popping stunts, such as his clinging to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff.
The studio has been cautious in its guidance for the action-adventure, »
- Dave McNary
Just when Tom Cruise had been written off as an action star, he makes a triumphant comeback — at age 53 — with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The summer’s most entertaining popcorn movie not only eclipses “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with its action sequences, it also brings to mind Cruise’s prime days (“Top Gun,” “Jerry Maguire,” etc.) on the Hollywood A-list.
Here are five reasons “Mission: Impossible 5” is the strongest film in Paramount’s 19-year-old spy franchise.
(1)It’s sleeker than any James Bond movie you can remember.
The first “Mission: Impossible,” which opened nearly two decades ago in 1996, was a standard bigscreen reboot of a TV show. But the franchise received a jolt in 2006 with J.J. Abrams’ “Mission Impossible 3,” which interwove the heart-pumping twists of “Alias” (season one) into a theatrical recipe that could give Daniel Craig as 007 a run for his money. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Tom Cruise isn't quite the box office king he was back in 1996 when the first Mission Impossible hit theaters, yet the franchise is still surprisingly strong and the fifth movie in the series is poised to open pretty big this weekend. It's also scored surprisingly strong reviews with a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has a 93 percent rating.)
Now we have a question for you: What is the single best Tom Cruise movie? Feel free to vote for one of his »
The preview showings began at 8 p.m. at 2,764 locations. The gross is comparable to “Mad Max,” which earned $3.7 million in evening shows; “World War’s” $3.6 million; and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'” $4.1 million.
Paramount’s fifth “Mission: Impossible” expands to 3,956 locations on Friday. The studio’s extensive marketing campaign has centered on the 53-year-old Cruise clinging to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff.
The action adventure, which carries a hefty $150 million budget, is on pace to open to $40 million over the weekend. Some analysts think that number could rise to $50 million, given the strong critical support for the film.
- Dave McNary
Tom Cruise is back in action as Ethan Hunt from today with the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Expect more daredevil stunts, nail-biting tension and Simon Pegg quips aplenty as the Imf face down a new threat in the form of The Syndicate.
We've already had our say on the film (too many stunts, not enough story), but what are the rest saying about Rogue Nation?
"Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie negotiates with characteristic cleverness and a sly respect for the sheer durability of genre; at once questioning and reaffirming the pleasures of cinematic espionage, this is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting."
The Hollywood Reporter
"Thanks to a sharp script that springs a real surprise or two and a pace that never slackens, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation rates as the second-best of the numerous franchise titles of the summer, »
'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand on the driver's side window (Detroit, get on that). The other impossible mission, one that is not only accepted and completed, but conquered and victoriously ground into dust, is proving that 53-year old Tom Cruise is still an action star. As Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation demonstrates with cruel ease, Cruise isn't just an action hero. In the post-movie star age, he is, with apologies to a certain Austrian bodybuilder whose drawing power is all but terminated, the last action hero. What makes him thus is not just his supreme confidence, compact good looks, and million dollar smile. The camera has »
- Mark Keizer
If you’ve seen any of the marketing for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, you’ve almost certainly seen the image of Tom Cruise gripping the side of a jet plane as it takes off. The outrageous stunt is real, and the laws of modern movie marketing would seem to dictate that this could well be the money shot for the whole movie. So there’s a certain refreshing pleasure in sitting down to watch the film and finding that the plane stunt happens right in the opening sequence. If the trailer’s big wowza moment is just table setting, what could the filmmakers have in store for the final showdown? The answer, as it turns out, is plenty, but also not quite enough. This Mission: Impossible is a remarkably fun and clever continuation of the franchise, but also occasionally frustrating in the way it fails to live up to its own standards. »
- Patrick Dunn
La-La Land Records and Paramount Music! have announced the release date for the upcoming official motion picture soundtrack for Chris McQuarrie's critically acclaimed Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which stars Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) in the lead with Jeremy Renner (Captain America: Civil War), Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), and Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) making up his elite Imf team. The album features original compositions from Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher) and also incorporates thematic material from Lalo Schifrin's original score. The official score was released digitally Tuesday and is set to be released everywhere else August 4th. Check out the full track list below (beware of mild spoilers): 1. The A400 (6:38) 2. Solomon Lane (4:08) 3. Good Evening, Mr. Hunt (2:35) 4. Escape to Danger (2:46) 5. Havana to Vienna (5:13) 6. A Flight At The Opera (2:23) 7. The Syndicate (3:44) 8. The Plan (3:21) 9. It’s Impossible »
This Time, It’s Rogue: Cruise Continues Singing It Forever Just Because
Arriving nearly four years after the highly celebrated and significantly lauded fourth Mission Impossible installment, 2011’s Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise and company are back, perhaps nervously expecting to pale in comparison to what remains a difficult act to follow. Though an element of surprise is lacking, it’s safe to say Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is an energetic action comedy manufactured with the utmost attention to detail in its remarkable action sequences. Helmed by favored Tom Cruise scribe Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge of Tomorrow, directed Jack Reacher, and did uncredited revisions on the last Mi film), the whole endeavor feels like a snug outfit for its headlining celebrity.
- Nicholas Bell
Tom Cruise’s unlikely survival as a traditional action hero continues with this spy-thriller franchise’s fifth instalment, which makes no significant attempts to update the formula
The increasingly stately Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible action-adventure franchise is now almost 20 years old. It has employed as directors Brian De Palma, John Woo, Jj Abrams, Brad Bird and now Christopher McQuarrie – and got through female leads including Emmanuelle Béart, Thandie Newton and Michelle Monaghan. During its existence, the competing Bourne franchise with Matt Damon has come and gone. But M:i just continues, and so does its star Tom Cruise – now 53 years old, but buff of bod and tight of ab and looking hardly older now than when he started in the series, which gave him a turbocharged boost as an A-list star in an era when such creatures were thought to be becoming extinct. Now he’s even developing Jack Reacher on the side as well. »
- Peter Bradshaw
McQuarrie had previously worked with Mi star Tom Cruise on Jack Reacher (which he wrote and directed) and co-wrote the screenplays for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and the sci-fi hit Edge of Tomorrow. With Rogue Nation, McQuarrie follow in the footsteps of previous directors Brian DePalma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird. With the Imf now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation. Click On The Player Below »
Rumours began to surface a few months ago that a sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible series was already in development and now star Tom Cruise has confirmed during an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show that Mi:6 is definitely going to happen.
During the interview Cruise said: “We’re starting to work on it now…we’ll probably start shooting next summer.”
Cruise was reluctant to give up any more juicy details and it’s difficult to determine from his comments just how far along in development the sixth movie is but considering Cruise is also a co-producer, it sounds like they’re only in the first-draft scripting phase. It’s also likely that Christopher McQuarrie is returning to write the script.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is set to open in theatres today and early reviews have been quite positive. Although plot details for the sixth movie have yet to be revealed, »
- Gavin Logan
Saturday Update: Although we haven't heard directly from Paramount yet, other sources, mostly other studios, are reporting that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation made $20M on Friday (which includes Thursday's $4M evening screenings) on the path to a $50M weekend. That would make the Chris McQuarrie directed Rogue the second best opening in the M:i series, only trailing Mission: Impossible II and its $57.8M weekend in 2000. There's a big, fat caveat to that, however, which is the cost increase of ticket prices from 1996, when the series began, to now. In fact, adjusted for inflation and using the National Association of Theater Owners recently released Q2 average ticket price of $8.61, Rogue's opening weekend falls below the first three films in the series (Ghost Protocol, the fourth M:i opened up in a healthy limited release in fewer theaters so we'll leave that film out of this comparison).
Mission: Impossible - 1996 wknd: $45M - 2015 Adjusted $72.6M. »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »
- Brad Brevet
With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation opening this week (and with reviews painting it as one of the best movies of the entire franchise), fans are naturally bound to start wondering what’s next for Mission: Impossible. Unlike other franchises, this one usually takes its sweet time between installments (it’s been four years since Ghost Protocol), and Cruise is already 54. Keeping with his current pace, Cruise would be prepping Mission: Impossible 6 for 2019, by which time he’ll be pushing 60 – that’s a pretty tall order for any star, even him.
But last night, during The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Cruise revealed that he’s already hard at work fleshing out the story for Mission: Impossible 6, with an eye to shooting as soon as next summer (skip to the six-minute mark for the discussion of a Rogue Nation sequel):
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- Isaac Feldberg
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