Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tom Cruise Is Certainly; Latest in Action-Film Franchise Is Stunt Central

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tom Cruise Is Certainly; Latest in Action-Film Franchise Is Stunt Central

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Rating: M

Verdict:

Reviewer: Kathy Sundstrom

HERE'S a quick script. Take a well-known actor and get him to bounce up-and-down on a talk show host's couch about his love life.

Then you add a heap of controversies about his religion and a few box office flops.

You'd expect the storyline to end with the actor either in some well-known rehab clinic or appearing on a "Where are They Now" television segment.

The idea that actor could make such a big comeback, with the opening weekend of his new film bringing in $121 million at the box office globally and you might just say... mission impossible.

Well, Tom Cruise has done it again. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation hasn't just topped the box office worldwide, it is a fantastically fabulous action flick. It's made even more impressive by the fact the 53-year-old Cruise does most of his own stunts, including the opening scenes were he dangles off a four-engine turbo-prop plane as it takes off. The fifth instalment in the MI series is, in my view, one of the best.

While we have come to know Ethan Hunt and his insane stunts and action adventures as part of the Impossible Mission Force, Rogue Nation has the added element of being hugely likeable.

Hunt saves the world (again) in the opening scene by intercepting nerve gas being sold to terrorists when he jumps on board a plane as it is taxiing on the runway.

He is then captured by a nefarious syndicate - an international crime consortium - and escapes the torture chamber with the help of an undercover MI6 agent, Ilsa Faust (Ferguson).

But IMF's series of near disastrous rescue missions sees CIA Director Alan Hunley (Baldwin) call for IMF to be disbanded and Hunt to be captured. …

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