Full Length ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Trailer Gives Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner Something To Do


The minute-long teaser for the recently titled ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ which dropped yesterday gave us a taste of what to expect from the fifth installment in Tom Cruise’s biggest franchise. And it was delicious.Car and Bike Crash Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

(Check out all my original screen grabs as well to get a real piece of the action!)

Today’s trailer confirms we can have our cake and eat it too.

Watch it now!

Damn. Isn’t that shit great? I have high hopes for Ethan Hunt & team’s latest “Impossible” adventure following ‘Ghost Protocol,’ the franchises best film since the original in 1996 (Damn that makes me feel old…).

“You want to bring down the Syndicate? It’s Impossible.”

Perfect. An Impossible Mission for the recently disbanded IMF (Impossible Mission Force), courtesy of CIA stooge Alec Baldwin. Just as the Syndicate, described as an anti-IMF, seems to be gaining more power.

Someone wants Ethan Hunt dead...
Someone wants Ethan Hunt dead…

With a new (hopefully) ally played by Rebecca Ferguson, Hunt and his team are again off-the-grid with no support, fighting Hunt’s equivalent of 007’s S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

So, what we’ve got here is a lot of new action, a few plot points (Damn you, Alec Baldwin!), and some real footage of Luthor (Ving Rhames) and Agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner) who were mostly absent in yesterday’s teaser. But don’t worry, the new trailer still has plenty of Benji (Simon Pegg).Tom Cruise on Plane Wing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

And that plane stunt at the end… with Hunt yelling at Benji to open the door (no, the other door!) hits classic Hunt & Benji notes while throwing Cruise into his craziest stunt yet.

Hunt and his team will have to take on “The Syndicate” when ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is released on July 31st.

Tom Cruise Battles IMF’s Version of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. In Trailer for ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’


After being pulled from December back to July 31st to avoid clashing against ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ has been without a title, poster, trailer, and plot synopsis for far too long. (Ethan Hunts saves the world… but how and from whom?) Ethan Hunt Motorcylce Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Now we have all four.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the title and 1st poster for Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,’ the follow up to Brad Bird’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ (when they smartened up and dropped the number titling  system in favor of a subtitle). Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Poster 2015

Like the poster for ‘Ghost Protocol,’ ‘Rogue Nation’s poster highlights the “Impossible” stunt from the film; this time Tom Cruise hangs onto an airplane as it takes off and continues to hang at 6,000 feet (or whatever)!

Benji has quite the disguise... but still no Mask... yet.
Benji has quite the disguise… but still no Mask… yet.

This minute long teaser trailer certainly excites as I have always been a ‘Mission: Impossible’ fan (M:I:2 doesn’t exist). We got motorcycle action! Benji (Simon Pegg) in the field! Quick shots of Agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luthor (Ving Rhames), back from earlier installments! More action! Alec Baldwin as the CIA director hunting down… well… Ethan Hunt (with the amount of times Tom Cruise is on the run in these films, that last name has got to be a pun… at this point).  The enemy revealed: the Rogue Nation Syndicate – “an anti-IMF. And “Impossible” stunts!

Watch the trailer now and get the synopsis after!

After watching the trailer for ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,’ the official synopsis from Paramount is quite plain and simple:

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

 

Evidence of "The Syndicate. "
Evidence of “The Syndicate. “

“The Syndicate” sure does sound a lot like S.P.E.C.T.R.E., 007’s nemesis agency (as well as the title of the next Bond film): a shadow organization penetrating all areas of worldwide governments in order to control the world. If “The Syndicate” really is an “Anti-IMF,” than that sounds exactly like S.P.E.C.T.R.E. being the anti-MI6.Ethan Hunt in Custody Mission: Impossible - Rogue Agent

Of course, this meaty one-minute trailer is just a teaser for the real trailer dropping TOMORROW! The 23rd!

So now that we have a title, poster, teaser trailer, and synopsis for ‘Rogue Nation!’ And we will be getting yet another, this time full-length, trailer for Ethan Hunt’s latest adventure… in this, 2015, the year of the spy genre.

My 7 Most Anticipated Films of 2015


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… 2015 is going to be fucking ridiculous… when it comes to the year’s movie slate.

He told you he'd be back.
He told you he’d be back.

There’s a lot to gush about; new movies in classic franchises like ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road, ‘ ‘007: SPECTRE’ and ‘Terminator Genisys.’ Following Marvel’s most successful year, when it came to quality of movies, we have a sequel to 2012’s ‘The Avengers’ as well as the origin story of  a new Avenger in ‘Ant-Man.’ Even 20th Century Fox is shilling a non-X-Men Marvel property in the form of their ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot.

But what looks the best? What are the 7 movies I really can’t wait to see (couldn’t narrow it down to 5…)? Can I put them in order?

Yes I can, other Nick. Yes I can.

7. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSX-Wings in Force Awakens

While several of the titles I used in my intro don’t make the list at all, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (formally ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’) gets the bottom spot.

Why?

We haven’t seen much footage at all, I work at the movie theater and have seen the trailer a dozen times in 3D and the final scene still makes me nauseous, and it’s so damn far away in comparison to most the titles on my list.

Plus… we’ve all played this ‘Star Wars’ anticipation game before and it backfired, horribly.

Star Wars Crossguard Lightsaber

I’m actually a fan of the new lightsaber! And I know the trailer is supposed to showcase new characters in classic vehicles and uniforms (the stormtrooper armor), which were fun to see, but I want to see Han Solo, dammit!

 

6. ANT-MANAnt-Man rides an ant

Great trailer, but still a hard sell. The trailer jumps back and forth from a darker tone akin to that of ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ to the comedy stylings of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man (but still not ‘Guardians’ funny).

Ant-Man in the showerThe trailer does look awesome; only those flying ant scenes seem questionable, even though it’s an image straight from the comics. I like the mostly serious tone of the trailer, anchored by a pretty great speech by Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

What’s the most unique thing about ‘Ant-Man’ when compared to the other Avengers in the MCU? He’s the only every-man in the group of billionaire science genius, another scientist who turned himself green, an every-man who leaves that life behind when he gets a super-soldier serum, and a God.

Scott Lang hangs his superhero suit in the shower.
Scott Lang hangs his superhero suit in the shower.

Sure, Capt. did start an every-man, but even with the suit and powers of Ant-Man, Scott Lang seems grounded, even leaving his super-suit hanging in the shower.

Oh, and he has a daughter; a first for nearly any superhero franchise. The only exception I can think of is Sandman in ‘Spider-Man 3.’ A similar situation is going on here (and will hopefully go better) with criminal Lang stealing for his family and becoming the hero his daughter thinks he is. Ant-Man is not saving his world, he’s saving ours.

 

5. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

Tom Cruise's latest crazy stunt.
Tom Cruise’s latest crazy stunt.

We haven’t seen any footage yet, but Tom Cruise’s new stunt is ko-ko-bananas, even in comparison to his scaling the tallest building in the world in the last installment, ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.’

3 out of the 4 films in this franchise have been better than good; theeeeeey’re GREAT!

While the first is the best, ‘Ghost Protocol’ was a very strong entry that revitalized the franchise and introduced us to team members Benji (Simon Pegg) and Brandt (Jeremy Renner). Joining them this time is Luthor (Ving Rhames) who has been on Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) task force every film except ‘Ghost Protocol.’

Same Team, minus Paula Patton's Jane and plus a Luthor.
Same Team, minus Paula Patton’s Jane and plus a Luthor.

Only reservation is the director: Christopher McQuarrie. Though he wrote ‘Usual Suspects’ and last year’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ he also directed ‘Jack Reacher’ which was a terrible Tom Cruise thriller.

 

4. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Mad Max: Fury RoadTom Hardy is Mad Max! The trailer is glorious! There’s more stunt-work than you can shake a stick at, something very rare in Hollywood. Boom!

Sure, there’s plenty of CGI as well, but most that exploding carnage is done the old fashioned way with stuntmen and actual pyrotechnics!

 

3. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

You would think this would be at the top of my list (I thought so! Especially after the first trailer…), but my excitement has waned and worry has found a foothold in my brain.James Spader voices Ultron in 'Age of Ultron'

Let’s be honest here, ‘The Avengers’ is in my top 3 MCU movies (with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Winter Soldier’) mainly because it was literally a game-changer. It was the first cross-pollination of superheroes, part of a shared universe, coming together after each carried their own franchises. Everyone else is still trying to pull this off, including DC Entertainment. The plot wasn’t that great, action scenes were few and far between, but the movie will always be remembered for bringing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together.Captain America Vs. Ultron Drone

‘Age of Ultron’ will need to step up its game to reach the quality of movies Marvel Studios put out in 2014. Likewise, it better be bigger and better, which it appears to be, but I hope that a great storyteller like Joss Whedon can avoid the movie from becoming a jumbled mess; cause there is A LOT going on between the two official trailers.Iron Man in 'Age of Ultron'

I also hope it’s good enough to avoid the fate of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ (which I personally love) where most people were disappointed by the film, mainly because it had to follow the incredibly beloved ‘Dark Knight.’

In James Spader I trust.

 

2. 007: SPECTRE

007: SPECTRE PosterThis may be blasphemy, but ‘Skyfall’ is my favorite Bond movie… ever. It was so fucking good, bringing in the best 007 baddie of all time (Javier Bardem), and shaking up the 007 universe a bit.

The writers and director, Sam Mendes, from ‘Skyfall’ return and the title promises the revival of the terrorist organization SPECTRE (formally ‘Quantum’ in the D. Craig movies), as classic to the franchise as Vesper Martinis, shaken, not stirred.

Andrew Scott from 'Sherlock' would make a great Blofeld...
Andrew Scott from ‘Sherlock’ would make a great Blofeld…

Better yet? The villain cast is unbelievable with Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’) as a henchman, the incomparable Christoph Waltz (whose villainy can only be matched by Javier Bardem), and my personal favorite, Andrew Scott whose portrayal of  Moriarty on BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ is perhaps the greatest TV villain of all time.

 

1. JURASSIC WORLDChris Pratt Hunts A Hybrid in 'Jurassic World'

It’s just too damn nostalgic. While I’ve watched the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer a million times and have had enough, I can still watch the ‘Jurassic World’ trailer anywhere, anytime.

Jurassic World AttractionsWe’re back on Isla Nublar! The movie is sticking close to the original and ignoring the sequels! Chris Pratt gets to hunt a new hybrid-dinosaur! There are child siblings in peril! Velociraptors!

And those notes from John Williams’ classic score… magic. Lightning in a bottle, at least as far as we can tell from the trailer!

The Park is Open, Mother Fuckers!

Goddamn is that trailer spin-tingly-great.

Enjoy 2015! I’ll be see you… at the movies.