MIS­SION: IM­POS­SI­BLE — ROGUE NA­TION (M)

AL­MOST A MIS­SION: IN­TOL­ER­A­BLE, US, 131 MIN

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This fifth in­stal­ment in the Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble se­ries di­vides neatly in two. The half that is noth­ing but set-piece stunts, chases, fights and drops from great heights is a pulpy plea­sure to wit­ness. The other half? A pre­pon­der­ance of un­pol­ished plot­ting truly takes the shine off ev­ery­thing. Kind of un­for­giv­able when you have 130 min­utes at your dis­posal to un­tan­gle all tan­gles. A con­vo­luted and cocka­mamie yarn about a se­cret black-ops spy net­work killing world lead­ers for fun feels as if it has been lifted from the bad old days of Bond movies. You know, when Roger Moore ruled a ropy roost. Tom Cruise (look­ing a lit­tle ragged these days as fran­chise spear­head Ethan Hunt) goes OK enough, but ev­ery­one else has to stand around ma­jorly ex­plain­ing each mi­nor de­vel­op­ment. (Sam­ple di­a­logue: “If A, B or C hap­pens, then this could spell D, E or F for G, H or I.”) Go for the ac­tion and for­get the rest.

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