We are in the midst of a strong Summer movie season. Marvel has released another billion dollar movie with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Audiences and film critics alike have found their new favorite action movie with Mad Max: Fury Road. A small independent film entitled Jurassic World is on a warpath destroying every box office record available. Just last week, Pixar made its spectacular return to form with the magnificent Inside Out (read Word of the Nerd’s review here). Even with all these great films being released, we are about halfway through the season and Summer 2015 still has more to offer.
Paramount has just released the new trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and it continues the trend of wowing us with its stunt work. I’m not sure how many trailers there have been released for Rogue Nation, it seems like a lot, but they have all been spectacular and display what looks to be a great action film.
Rogue Nation was originally scheduled for a December release date (similar to 2011’s Ghost Protocol). Earlier this Spring the studio made the surprising announcement to move it to the Summer season. Honestly, it makes a lot of sense, this feels like a Summer movie. This has been one of my most anticipated releases this summer and this trailer is doing nothing but stoke the flames of my excitement.
After writing such movies as The Usual Suspecs, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow, Christopher McQuarrie made his directorial debut with 2012’s Jack Reacher. With Jack Reacher, McQuarrie showed that he has an eye for capturing action in a clear way. That film (along with what we’ve seen from Rogue Nation) features beautiful cinematography and a real sense of tension, the action is always building to something and you can feel the anxiety.
After Ghost Protocol showcased Tom Cruise hanging from the tallest building in the world, it looks as though the filmmakers have outdone themselves with show-stopping stunts. Whether it be Crusie hanging from a plane or holding his breath for six minutes, Rogue Nation is looking to set the bar for practical stunts. Watching a trailer like this reminds you that Cruise is a movie-star and you can see his love of the craft in how he dedicates to the role.
In addition to Tom Cruise, the film stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames and newcomer to the series, Rebecca Ferguson. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (which displays the most confusing punctuation in a movie title every time I type it) will be released on July 31, 2015, official synopsis below:
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.