Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is finally out in the wild, and has been racking up strong critical acclaim so far. Like any film in the venerable spy series, it's full of its share of bewilderingly weird, over-the-top moments, from awesome spy gadgets to insane stunts and that continued dubious treatment of the franchise's female characters. From good to bad, from odd to insane, Rogue Nation serves up plenty of outlandishness for audiences to graze on, and above all else, affirms that Tom Cruise's status as an action hero isn't going anywhere, while a sixth entry into the series is all but inevitable. Part five's a thrilling-yet-flawed mix of the series' best and worst instincts, and as such is a cocktail of riveting action and peculiar creative decisions, outdoing the franchise's lower-tier entries even if it can't quite strive to reach the heights of Ghost Protocol. In its own way, though, you won't be forgetting it any time soon, and in a summer of relatively disappointing action flicks, it proudly takes a solid place in the pack...
20. Ethan Hangs Off A Plane (And It's The Film's Opening Scene)
If you know a single thing about the latest Mission: Impossible film, it's probably that Tom Cruise hangs off the side of a plane during a major action sequence, and he did it for real (with a few safety harnesses, of course). Considering the amount of PR that has been poured into emphasising the "wow" factor of the scene and the countless comparisons it's had to the Burj Khalifa scene in Ghost Protocol, it's a surprise that the moment is done away with so quickly in the film's first five minutes. The movie starts with Ethan (Cruise), Benji (Simon Pegg) and company trying to stop a shipment of nerve gas that's been loaded on a plane and about to take off. When Luther (Ving Rhames) fails to stop it on the tech side, Ethan attempts to gain entry to the plane, but Benji can't open the door in time (or rather, opens the wrong door), and so Ethan is left holding onto the exterior of the plane as it soars into the air. He eventually gets inside, at which point he straps himself to the nerve gas crate and ejects it out the back of the plane. Cue the opening credits. It's pretty ballsy to open a movie with the best stunt, but on the flip side, it also means that the rest of the film struggles to live up to that inspired, practical insanity.
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