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2015 Movie Review - Mission Impossible 5 : Rogue Nation

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo

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The IMF is at it again (the film version, not to be confused with Int'l Monetary Fund which I doubt has such exciting lives). 
 
This time its the disbandment of the Impossible Mission Force and the revealing of The Syndicate which becomes Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) ultimate obsession.

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Together with Benji (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), they embark on a mission to reveal the hidden Syndicate and bring back the IMF to life.

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With CIA Director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) firmly against them, the IMF team travels to different locations, often with bad guys chasing after them. Ethan is later helped by William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames).

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The Syndicate is led by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) whose intellect and prowess helps him to keep elusive from Ethan Hunt until the movie's end when the Syndicate is finally exposed.
 
Various hip and nifty gadgets are introduced along the way as well as a well choreographed high speed superbike chase scene keeps the fifth installment of this movie franchise alive.
 
Rating : 6 / 10 - this movie franchise is getting old and repetitive somewhat like the James Bond series. Though Tom Cruise portrays Ethan hunt well and the stunts are amazing, it just doesn't feel the same anymore.
 
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Cast :
Tom Cruise     ...     Ethan Hunt
Jeremy Renner     ...     William Brandt
Simon Pegg     ...     Benji Dunn
Rebecca Ferguson...     Ilsa Faust
Ving Rhames     ...     Luther Stickell
Sean Harris     ...     Lane
Simon McBurney     ...     Atlee
Jingchu Zhang     ...     Lauren
Tom Hollander     ...     Prime Minister
Jens Hultén     ...     Janik Vinter
Alec Baldwin     ...     Alan Hunley
Mateo Rufino     ...     A400 Pilot
Fernando Abadie     ...     A400 Pilot
Alec Utgoff     ...     A400 Crewman
Hermione Corfield...     Record Shop Girl
 
 
References :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission:_Impossible_%E2%80%93_Rogue_Nation

2015 Movie Review - Star Wars : the Force Awakens

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo
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Star Wars : The Force Awakens
is the 7th movie in the Star Wars franchise which is really more intriguing than the previous pre-quels about Anakin Skywalker.
 
The premise is set 30 years after the Battle of Endor which saw the destruction of the Empire and its evil emperor together with the ultimate villain, Darth Vader.

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The movie begins with the search for the missing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Poe is captured by the First Oder. Before you start wondering, the story is that Luke was betrayed when restoring the Jedi order and has not appeared since.

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We are also introduced to stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), who defects from the First Order and helps Poe Dameron to escape and also Rey (Daisy Ridley) who remains a mystery as to whom her parents are. Rey possesses the powers of the Jedi.

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Han Solo and Chewbacca later appears when Rey pilots the long lost Millennium Falcon and is later picked up by Han and Chewbacca. Together they travel across the galaxy in search of Luke Skywalker.

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As the movie reveals, the villain is Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who is  the grandson of Anakin and has the same powerful Jedi powers as Luke and Darth Vader. Here also, Kylo Ren serves as the henchman to Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), head of the First Order dedicated to restoring the ways of the Empire.

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So it seems, in the sequel, the Rebels led by General Leia Organa have become the dominant force in the galaxy and the Dark side and Empire forces have become the opposing force.
 
The First Order reveals a new weapon, Starkiller Base, which is used to destroy several planets. It becomes the mission of the Millennium Falcon crew to destroy the base.

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The old cast trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all look very different from their younger days while Boyega and Ridley is the new generation of Star Wars, though not so convincingly.
 
The storyline is not too deep and should allow eve non Star Wars fans to enjoy the movie.
 
However, the ending is cut short and leaves many questions unanswered e.g. who is her family etc.
 
Rating : 7 / 10 - Better than the prequels but nothing new. Watch only if you are a true fan of Star Wars. 

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Cast :
 
Harrison Ford     ...     Han Solo
Mark Hamill     ...     Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher     ...     Princess Leia
Adam Driver     ...     Kylo Ren
Daisy Ridley     ...     Rey
John Boyega     ...     Finn
Oscar Isaac     ...     Poe Dameron
Lupita Nyong'o     ...     Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis     ...     Supreme Leader Snoke
Domhnall Gleeson...     General Hux
Anthony Daniels     ...     C-3PO
Max von Sydow     ...     Lor San Tekka
Peter Mayhew     ...     Chewbacca
Gwendoline Christie...     Captain Phasma
Joonas Suotamo     ...     Chewbacca Double
 
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