Anti-IMF Attacks! Bigger, Better 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Theatrical Trailer

Monday, 23 March 2015 08:53 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Anti-IMF Attacks! Bigger, Better 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Theatrical Trailer

Like Ethan Hunt in a hot pursuit, Paramount Pictures is wasting no time.  Just yesterday, the studio seemed to empty its Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation promotional clip, unveiling the title, a teaser trailer, poster, and first-look images. 

Turns out there was one round left in the clip, however, because now, less than twenty-four hours later, the full theatrical trailer for Mission: Impossible 5 has smashed online, and it's a doozy.

The latest iteration in this durable espionage franchise finds the Impossible Mission Force facing enemies on two fronts.  The first is bureaucratic: thanks to its insanely expensive and destructive ways, the spy organization is actually being shut down by the government.  The second is even graver: The Syndicate, a shadowy "anti-IMF" that's out to destroy everyone who has ever accepted an IMF mission.

So of course, it's up to Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his crack squad Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Luther (Ving Rhames), and Benji (Simon Pegg) to save the day, running all over the world in the process.  This time, our intrepid heroes get support from a mysterious new ally (Rebecca Ferguson) who appears to be Hunt's equal, a foil who might just walk away with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Christopher McQuarrie, who last directed Cruise in the appropriately smashmouth Jack Reacher, takes over on Rogue Nation.  Based on this trailer, he's focusing on the basics: cool gadgets and killer action scenes built on real stunts and high-impact destruction.

If you can start a trailer off with Alec Baldwin's grizzled yet silky smooth voice, then that's how you start a trailer.  Baldwin joins the blockbuster party as the head of the CIA, a man with no fondness for the IMF and a particular ax to grind with Hunt.

While Baldwin's playing a more polite adversary for Hunt and company, the proper villain, the head of the Syndicate, is portrayed by Sean Harris, best known to American audiences as the pot-smoking geologist in Prometheus.  Hopefully Harris has more of a character to play than Michael Nyqvist, whose Ghost Protocol villain was a cipher, little more than a cardboard excuse for some action scenes.

The Rogue Nation screenplay features contributions from Will Staples and Drew Pearce, the Iron Man Three co-writer currently shepherding the second movie in the Ghostbusters cinematic universe.  Since McQuarrie is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, we imagine he must have gotten his mitts on the M:I - RN script too.

Originally scheduled for December, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is now set to debut in theaters and IMAX on July 31st.

All the trailers and promotion ought to take some steam out of those rumors about production shutting down to overhaul the action climax.

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