I don't know if it just me being over critical but lately, it seems to take a lot for me to be amazed at the cinema. Not saying the recent films I've seen are bad, far from it, but what is apparent, I'm not leaving the screen in awe.
Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation is, unfortunately one of those films that fails to exceed those expectations left behind from the trailers and Ghost Protocol. All the ingredients of a typical M:I film are there, the elaborate plot and schemes with the usual gadgets and fast action however it just didn't feel well mixed. Action unbalance or too fast paced, I might be being greedy but I think the action scenes from M:I2 were more orchestrated, that being thanks to John Woo.
It was getting serious in parts and then back to Pegg for comic relief, then back to "world is in terrible danger." It tries to be too smart actually making the film surprisingly predictable, and even when the twists present themselves it's all been seen before. I think that's my main issue with the film, I felt it lack innovation that Ghost Protocol displayed. I think the fight scenes are better in GP than this one.
Sean Harris seems to ooze that evilness, and some might recognise him from Harry Brown and Creep. But his super villain just seems to be a cheap copy. He doesn't have that, "oh no!, super bad ass" presence and for someone who is suppose to be the head of the highly secretive syndicate that's suppose to be a myth, he gets about a lot. And every super villain has a sidekick or bodyguard but his one, again lacks the presence of a major bad ass.
Rebecca Ferguson is a fine addition to the franchise and would like to see more of her *cough* on screen. But what happened to Renner and Rhames? There seemed to be more focus on Pegg in this one. No shame in that, but the only action we see Renner get, is a bit of running, and Rhames? Well, running isn't his strong point as the film demonstrates.
I know this seems quite negative but it was entertaining, the action was good and the bikes being a highlight. Worth a trip to the cinema, especially if you're a fan of the series but don't go in with high expectations.