WHAT I LIKED: Christopher McQuarrie's 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation,' largely carries on in a similar vain from its immediate predecessor as it doesn't take itself overly seriously and packs plenty of bombastic set-pieces, but where it differs slightly is that it spends more time building the story to contextualise and ground the activities of Ethan and his team. Yes here McQuarrie makes lots of attempts to show the toll that these continuous missions would take and also build a more complicated and layered espionage plot where the villain makes plenty of points about how each side is as bad as each other and how Ethan and his equivalents never stop and think about what's right. That means a light thematic element is added, and whilst that's occasionally vaguely interesting, if we're honest it's not really anything ground-breaking and nor is it the central point of the film, as mostly what we're here for and mostly where the film excels is where this franchise mostly has before - in building tangible set-pieces made engaging by a whole host of captivating performances from Tom Cruise and his co-stars. McQuarrie does a fine job with that, and that means it's another fun summer blockbuster from this franchise that works on similar merits to its predecessor.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: That plotty stuff does get a bit tiresome after a while in this one as it's never brilliantly developed by the script but does get an annoyingly large amount of time and focus overall.
VERDICT: A film that's all about the fun but that this time also half-heartedly attempts to focus more on the espionage and give the mission some context, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation,' is another fun summer blockbuster from this franchise, but it's equally not quite the best of its bunch.