MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — ROGUE NATION (M)
ALMOST A MISSION: INTOLERABLE, US, 131 MIN
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.