Tom Cruise returns for his fifth adventure as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in this summer's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The film was co-written and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie - who directed Cruise in the 2012 Jack Reacher movie adaptation and co-penned Cruise's 2014 sci-fi action/thriller Edge of Tomorrow - and brings back a handful of Cruise's costars from previous Mission: Impossible installments; specifically, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames.
A newly-released second trailer for Rogue Nation features plenty of previously-unreleased footage, but it paints a similar picture, story-wise, as the first Rogue Nation trailer did. Namely, in this movie, Hunt and his trusted team - Benji Dunn (Pegg), William Brandt (Renner), and Luther Stickwell (Rhames) - find themselves not just under attack from the government (which feels the IMF does more harm than good and wants to shut it down), but also 'The Syndicate' - a rogue organization or "anti-IMF," as Benji calls it. You can watch the new Rogue Nation trailer, above.
The core Mission: Impossible players are joined in Rogue Nation by Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) as a trained operative/femme fatale type, who forms an allegiance with Ethan and his team as they take on 'The Syndicate'; Alec Baldwin as a government official leading the effort to dissolve the IMF (with assistance from the CIA); and Sean Harris (Prometheus, The Borgias) playing a member of 'The Syndicate' and, by most accounts, the primary antagonist for Ethan and his gang.
The aforementioned Rogue Nation costars are featured in a set of character posters, which you can check out below:
The Mission: Impossible films are a bit like Fast and the Furious movies, in the sense that installments in both franchises often play out as elaborate action sequences and/or set pieces that have been strung together through a plot. (As was pointed out during the SR Underground Podcast, Fast and the Furious even did its own variation on the "Heroes battle their evil selves" premise with Furious 6.) Of course, as director Brad Bird showed with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (in 2011), that formula can make for a great thrill ride when handled well - especially with Cruise still willing to do very dangerous stunts himself (his plane-hanging in Rogue Nation being the latest example).
McQuarrie and his cast/behind the scenes collaborators appear to have put together several promising sequences in Rogue Nation, with the director also managing to infuse the film with a flavor recalling his previous work (specifically the down and dirty crime thriller approach of Jack Reacher) - like Mission: Impossible movie directors before him did. All things considered, Rogue Nation might not be that much of a creative variation on the franchise's wheel - nor does it have as many big-name "guest stars" in the supporting cast as Fast and the Furious movies do - but it still looks to make for some fun summer entertainment.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opens in U.S. theaters on July 31st, 2015.
Source: Paramount Pictures
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