March 24, 2015 by Vinnie Leduc
Television viewers who watched Better Call Saul last night got an unexpected treat during one of the commercial breaks: an abridged trailer for the next Mission: Impossible film, which officially has the subtitle Rogue Nation now. Anyone who didn’t catch it while fast-forwarding on their DVRs or didn’t have it at all on their torrented copies can check out the full trailer above.
One of our most anticipated movies of 2015 before there was an official title (much less any actual footage), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation looks like it definitely deserved a spot on our annual list of must-see movies.
Directed by Tom Cruise collaborator and Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Edge of Tomorrow), the espionage thriller pits Cruise & Co.’s Impossible Mission Force (IMF), which Alec Baldwin and some Washington suits seem to want to shut down, against an evenly matched “anti-IMF” called the Syndicate.
Armed with a sick rendition of The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” the trailer suggests that we’ll see motorcycle action superior to the biker jousts John Woo delivered in the first sequel, plenty of age-defying Tom Cruise’s unbelievable 52-year-old abs, and a lot more of Simon Pegg and the comic relief he provided to help make Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, our pick for best action/adventure movie a few years ago.
Ever since Jeremy Renner took over Matt Damon’s spotlight in the Bourne series and joined the Mission: Impossible franchise in the previous sequel, we’ve wondered whether he was in line to inherit the lead role here once Tom decides to cruise. Perhaps a clue lies within one of Renner’s lines in this trailer: “This may very well be our last mission.” But then again, somebody says something to that effect in every blockbuster sequel (Exhibit A: Fast and Furious).
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hits IMAX theaters worldwide on July 31, 2015, and with Kingsman: The Secret Service already kicking ass and the next Bond film scheduled for November, 2015 is shaping up to become the year of the spy movie. Of course, J.J. Abrams, one of the producers of Rogue Nation, might have the last word when his Star Wars sequel comes out in December.