PG-13, 131 minutes
“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” is one of the better installments in the TV-to-cinema series centered on superspy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). It can’t hold a handle to the previous film, “Ghost Protocol,” but that’s more an indication of its strength than any lagging quality in its successor.
Story-wise, the plot bears a great deal of resemblance to the recent James Bond film “Spectre,” or should I say the latter takes after the former. It seems a shadowy global criminal syndicate — called, simply the Syndicate — has been behind much of the troubles seen in the last few “MI” movies. Hunt is out to get them, with the help of loyal retainers Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), the gadget guy; Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), comms and muscle; and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), the man on the inside at Impossible Missions Force (IMF).
The CIA director (Alec Baldwin) wants to shut down IMF as an embarrassment and a waste of resources. So Ethan & Co. have to take the fight to the bad guys while also evading, or conscripting the unwitting assistance of, the good ones.
It’s a smorgasbord of cool chases, clever reversals and fiendish villains. A whole lot of forgettable fun.