As if yesterday’s surprise teaser for "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" wasn’t enough, we’ve now got the full trailer straight off of the presses. It’s gorgeous, it’s sexy, and it’s action packed; and you’re going to want to watch it right now.
Right off the bat, the threat of disbandment has been laid at the Impossible Mission Force’s feet, all thanks to a squad of "Anti IMF" agents sewing chaos and discord around the world, possibly tying back to the Kremlin counter-mission run by rogue nuclear physicist Hendricks at the beginning of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." What’s this mean for Ethan Hunt and company? It means one last possible mission to save the world, and possibly the IMF’s standing in the world community. You know, a standard Saturday afternoon for the IMF crew.
"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" is director Christopher McQuarrie’s induction into the IMF world. Following the tremendous lead that J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird have laid out before him with their previous series saving entries, McQuarrie looks like he’s well equipped to make the leap into the director’s chair of the multimillion dollar franchise. What’s better is that Tom Cruise has not only Jeremy Renner returning to the IMF team, but he’s also got Ving Rhames, who was mostly absent from "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," back for full time action.
Perhaps the most welcome additions to "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s" cast of characters are none other than newcomer Rebecca Ferguson, fresh off of her role in last summer’s Hercules, as well as everyone’s favorite zombie slayer/tech geek – Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn. The former looks to be a tremendous addition to the roster, especially following the likes of Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Paula Patton in the ranks of IMF lady asskickers. Meanwhile, the latter looks to have a substantial amount of plot thrown his way, as he looks to be at Ethan’s side more often than Renner or Rhames, so far. It’s funny how a character that could have been a humorous one off turned into such a vital part of the new Mission Impossible franchise model, but it’s also awesome to see Simon Pegg become such a big star in his own right.
Of course, the big question that "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" has us asking is why in the hell would the government be disbanding the Impossible Mission Force to begin with? True, their operational efficacy can be brought into question at times, but if they were really going to tear down the walls of the house that Phelps built, wouldn’t they have done it after the senior agent that started it all turned out to be a traitor? Something’s not right here, and money could be wagered on Alec Baldwin’s mission commander being yet another turncoat.