Fast paced, action packed and adrenaline inducing, MI5 ups the ante for the franchise.

The brains behind the Mission: Impossible franchise just keep impressing us, outdoing themselves with Rogue Nation, the fifth, but hopefully not final, installment of the franchise.

Different from previous Mission: Impossible films, Rogue Nation picks up where Ghost Protocol left off: with the IMF going up against their most capable adversary yet, the Syndicate led by Solomon Lane. Much like the first M:I film, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is the subject of investigation and pursuit when his loyalty is called into question. Disavowed, Ethan and his trusted team is tasked with impossible mission of thwarting the Syndicate’s intentions of destroying the IMF, all while eluding the CIA.

Since the third Mission Impossible film, each installment just keeps getting better and better! The story is complex, but not muddled, the action is fast paced and heart-pounding, but not completely ridiculous, the characters are compelling, not hokey. We couldn’t be more pleased with Christopher McQuarrie’s take on M:I.

Typical of a Mission Impossible film, Rogue Nation charters across the globe to such idealistically gorgeous locales as Austria, Morocco, and London. Unlike lesser action films that would hope to be considered a peer to Mission Impossible, the action is top-notched and organically adrenaline inducing. Utilizing the natural soundtrack of a Puccini opera and revving motorbikes, the viewers is brought deeper into the action rather than dragged alongside it with unnecessary musical overtures.

Fans will be pleased to see several friendly faces, though Paula Patton was sincerely missed from the screen, and only a handful of new actors were added to the slate. These characters bring a levity in the film, through the humorous interactions that comes with a friendship through the most extreme circumstances.  Rebecca Ferguson, fulfilling the female role in this predominantly male cast film, not only stands on her own but excels in her performance and stunt abilities.

Speaking of stunts, a literal “Brava!” must go out to the coordinators, sequence choreographers, and faceless stunt men and women who played their parts in the shadows, and who rarely get an explicit accolade for their accomplishments. Between these individuals and the seamless CGI, Rogue Nation is near unbelievable.

Of course, Mission Impossible wouldn’t be Mission Impossible if it didn’t surpass the physically plausible – and once again, Ethan Hunt does have some superhero level ability of invisibility. I believe by the end of the film he would’ve had a fractured spine, several concussions, a cracked skull, road rash on the entirety of his body, maybe internal bleeding, not to mention a medley of broken bones in his arms and legs. But alas, by the end of the film he is pristine with the exception of a few choice cuts placed meticulously on his face.

This ridiculousness is all in good fun and expected, and doesn’t interrupt the narrative in the slightest. The best part? The film is chock full of so much entertainment that the trailers used to market the film barely show an ounce of the action.