A cryptic message from Bond's past, sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the Secret Service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.
Although most of the "Mission: Impossible" films have avoided references to their predecessors in the series, this one either directly or indirectly references all four of them (aside from each of Ethan's IMF team members having been in at least one earlier film). When Hunley and Brandt are speaking to a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Hunley mentions the IMF's break-in at the C.I.A.'s Langley headquarters Mission: Impossible (1996) as well as the destruction of the Kremlin from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). In the following scene, where Ethan is prepped for what appears to be a grisly torture, his rescuer Ilsa palms a handcuff key attached to a rabbit's foot, an apparent reference to the MacGuffin in Mission: Impossible III (2006), which was never shown on-screen, but referred to as the Rabbit's Foot. Additionally, the motorcycle chase in this film is reminiscent of the one in Mission: Impossible II (2000). Furthermore, the duplication of the thumb drive by Benji and subsequent theft of it by Ilsa is reminiscent of the scene in Mission: Impossible when Ethan steals the NOC list from Langley. Finally, a major scene in the film's third act is set inside a London train station. The first movie included a long scene filmed at London's Liverpool Street Station. Additionally, Hunley mentions during the Senate hearing, that the I.M.F. is currently without a Secretary, referencing the events of Ghost Protocol, where the Secretary (Tom Wilkinson) was killed when Russian security forces opened fire on his car, while looking for Hunt. See more »
Lane knows what is actually in the secure computer facility. But Ilsa believes it to be a stolen ledger (probably false information planted by Lane) and informs Ian of this. They have a motive to steal it and use it against Lane, but as far as they know, Lane simply doesn't want anyone else to have it. Ilsa knocks out Benji and steals the USB stick to return it to Lane to continue to gain favor, following her MI6 orders. But Benji knows he has a copy which could be used to bring down Lane, so there's no reason for Benji and Ian to chase after Ilsa to prevent Lane from recovering what they believe to be his own ledgers. See more »
This franchise just keeps getting better and better!
You would think that after five films this would have become a tired premise, but the way that it takes on the spy genre as both an intelligent espionage thriller as well as a big-budget blockbuster makes it even better than the new James Bond films.
It's exciting, slick, cool and fun, but this series, most of all in this film, has got an amazingly inexhaustible energy to it that makes it so brilliant.
Let's start, then, with the main attraction of this film: the action. Simply, it's stunning. There are five separate big action sequences here, each lasting around ten minutes more or less, and they are all high-octane thrill-rides that never let up and make this such an entertaining film.
Tom Cruise proves once again that he's a blockbuster star like no other, giving his all in the action here, whether it's attaching himself to a plane, jumping in a chasm of water or riding a superbike through the desert (in what was, in my opinion, the greatest, most exhilarating car chase ever).
On that note, actually, the incredible bike chase is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the great action, but credit has to go to director Christopher McQuarrie for excellently turning this into a good-looking and intense action thriller, using great camera work (avoiding shaky cam) to make it so brilliantly entertaining.
Away from the stunts, this film has still got a very good plot to it. There are few blockbusters that couple great action and intelligent storytelling nowadays, but this really bucks that trend, because it's absolutely enthralling to follow from start to finish.
There are betrayals and deceptions galore in this spy thriller, as well as a genuinely exciting climax, which is so unpredictable that it makes you forget about the generic plots of the less successful films and be properly engrossed in the current story.
Finally, this is also a very nice film to look at, thanks both to McQuarrie's direction, as well as the beautiful sets and landscapes that this is set in all over the world.
From the mesmerising desert of Morocco to the foggy alleys of London, this is a global journey that goes even further than the previous films, and comes out with a stunning result, the best of the series in my opinion!
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