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10: Film Review Of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'

July 30, 2015 3:33 a.m.

Film review of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.' And check out the archive interview with Simon Pegg talking about 'Hot Fuzz' that is also available on Cinema Junkie.


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ANCHOR INTRO: Spies are back in style as the Mission Impossible and 007 franchises serve up new entries, and the Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV show gets a big screen reboot. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says the latest Mission Impossible film looks a lot like an old James Bond film.

Hunt. Ethan Hunt. Tom Cruise might as well start introducing himself that way because Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is taking more cues from the Roger Moore James Bond films than from the old Peter Graves TV show. That’s not a bad thing. Like the Moore 007 films, Rogue Nation is more comic than serious, emphasizes exotic locales, and pits the protagonists against a rival spy organization.

CLIP The Syndicate is real

Mission Impossible took its time to finding a successful formula. The first film by Brian DePalma was lethargic, the second by John Woo was actin packed but dumb, the third by J.J. Abrams was passable but it was not until the fourth film, subtitled Ghost Protocol that Brad Bird finally nailed the formula that worked. Key is poking fun at Cruise as the action hero and let him take a beating in fights and stunts to show he’s all too human and fallible. And then focus on the team – especially Simon Pegg -- and not just him. Your mission if you choose to accept it, is to go out and have some mindless, escapist fun. Rogue Nation isn’t as good as Ghost Protocol but it’s a decent adrenaline rush.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.