The Impossible Franchise has returned!
Let’s start off with a bang!
Rebecca Ferguson playing Ilsa Faust is Ethan Huntress. She is totally Ethan Hunt’s equal. Thank god for the writers for writing the way she is. Thank you so much. Finally I can add another actress/character to the great list of ‘strong’ female characters of recent memory (Emily Blunt/Edge of Tomorrow and Charlize Theron / Mad Max).
She was just great. She pretty much is the highlight of the movie. Well written, well layered, emotional attachment, man, she is everything you want. You care for her well-being. You want to know more about her and where she really stands in all of this. Thank you, thank you.
So with that aside, let’s talk about the rest of the cast.
Tom Cruise, played normal Tom Cruise so no complaints there really. Simon Pegg as Benji had a lot more screen-time compared to our last trip and he played a lot of humor so it was great to see him in his element.
Jeremy Renner has been reduced further since his debut in 4 and pretty much played an admin role. Renner was totally fine being scaled back since 4 was his rise to fame but people were still cool for Cruise so I like what they did with his character. He dealt with Alec Baldwin’s character in the politics and slightly more ‘drama’ heavy scenes and I’m totally cool with that.
Ving Rhames as Luthor (the only char in all missions) was scaled back even more but he shined and was ‘needed/justifible’ whenever he showed up and his skillset totally reflects of what we know of him from the franchise, in other words, he was used well.
Jens Hulten was used well as a recurring menacing villain and Sean Harris as the big baddy was done well as he was a calculative dangerous bad guy/ (think Javier Bardem in Skyfall but his genius schemes actually made logically sense).
And lastly, Alec Baldwin was used well as a the head of CIA.
So with all that said, I can safely say the supporting cast was great. used well and enjoyable.
Now in terms of plot, I would say this was an interesting direct sequel to 4. Nothing seem illogical in terms of the overall evil genius plot but there were times were Cruise figured out things rather too nicely. There were a lot of great action sequences though the one with the BMW is when you start using Fast and Furious physics and you’ll be fine. Also, the set up for certain things were great. This movie definitely had moments where the how was much more important than the what. Thrills were there when these ‘hows’ were taking place but other times thrills disappeared due to the reality of Hollywood troupes. I wouldn’t want to spoil it here but all I can say is that you’ll be glad things didn’t turn out the way you thought it was going to turn out.
Now to the disappointing parts of this movie.
The practical effects. Before this, there were many talks about the impressiveness of the hanging on a plane and underwater sequences. I was rather disappointed in those sequences as pacing and editing disrupted the gem of the scene which was the practical effects. Why bother with practical effects if your editing takes audiences away from said scene or why bother when the scene isn’t even that long and used well?
Now lastly, in terms of plot, the 6th film has already been announced in terms of green-light production. I just wonder where it will go, I sort of wish they connect it more with 4 and 5. I feel the whole ‘adventures of Ethan Hunt’ is getting old and if it was rather a direct sequel it would be more interesting and risky.
So at the end of the day, IM5 is enjoyable. Strong female lead. Good action. Good supporting cast. The only bumps are physics defying action and editing (and this is only if you knew the hanging on plane was a practical effect and the underwater scenes were actually shot with Cruise underwater for 6 minutes).