Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by Tom Cruise
J. J. Abrams
David Ellison
Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie
Story by Christopher McQuarrie

Drew Pearce

Based on Mission: Impossible 
by Bruce Geller
Starring Tom Cruise
Rebecca Ferguson
Simon Pegg
Jeremy Renner
Ving Rhames
Sean Harris
Alec Baldwin
Simon McBurney
Tom Hollander
Jens Hultén
Music by Joe Kraemer
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Skydance Productions
Bad Robot Productions
TC Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 31, 2015
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Gross revenue $682.3 million
Preceded by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Followed by Mission: Impossible – Fallout
IMDb profile

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is an American action spy film written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and co-written by Drew Pearce. It is the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. It is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, and David Ellison of Skydance Productions.

Filming began on August 21, 2014 in Vienna, Austria, and it concluded on March 12, 2015. The film was released in IMAX theaters worldwide and in North America by Paramount Pictures on July 31, 2015.

Plot Edit

Belarus Edit

In Belarus, Ethan Hunt and his team are trying to intercept a package of radioactive material from being delivered to Syria by Syndicate operatives via an A400M plane. While Benji is attempting to hack into the plane's systems, he finds they are encrypted. Hunt sprints onto the plane's wing and ends up clinging onto the outer door. Dunn is finally able to open the right door, and even though the A400M crew tries to stop Hunt, Hunt parachutes out of the plane with the material and zooms into the opening credits.

London Edit

Hunt goes to an IMF station disguised as a record store. He is delivered his mission: to track down said Syndicate, until at the end of the recording, the mission deliverers are the Syndicate. Hunt looks out and realizes the man in glasses has held the station operative at gunpoint. The man in glasses fires and kills the girl instantly, and Hunt's room is gassed.

Hunt wakes up and realizes he's tied to a pole. Janik Vinter tortures him, but Syndicate operative Ilsa Faust helps Ethan escape and much to the dismay of the other operatives, the escape is successful.

America Edit

In America, Brandt is brought before a committee that includes Alan Hunley. Hunley believes that the IMF's results are only luck, and attempts to shut down the IMF. Since the Secretary was killed by Anatoly Sidorov, Brandt cannot comment. Hunley orders Hunt to be captured as he is now a wanted man.

Together with his assistant Lauren, Hunley interrogates Dunn but cannot determine that he knows Hunt's location. Hunt sends Dunn some tickets to catch a performance of Turandot in Vienna, and Dunn decides to go, since he 'won them'.

Vienna Edit

Dunn arrives in Vienna and is given instructions by Hunt. They arrive at the Vienna State Opera, where the Chancellor of Austria is also attending a performance of Turandot. Hunt spots Ilsa, but decides to go after Kagan, the second Syndicate operative. Hunt fights Kagan even as Benji spots Richter, the third Syndicate assassin, in the lighting booth. Benji goes to fight Richter even as Hunt sends Kagan falling to his death. Hunt fires at the Chancellor's shoulder, Richter is shot by Ilsa, and Hunt and Ilsa escape only to see the Chancellor killed by a bomb placed in his car as 'insurance'.

Morocco Edit

Ilsa helps Hunt break into the Syndicate's Moroccan base to retrieve a ledger belonging to the Syndicate. They retrieve the ledger, but Ilsa knocks out Benji and rides off with the ledger. After an intense motorcycle chase, Ilsa escapes with the ledger, much to Hunt's dismay.

London Edit

Ilsa returns to London, passing the file on to her handler, Atlee. Here it is revealed she is in fact, an MI6 agent. However, Attlee discreetly erases the file, forcing Ilsa to return to the Syndicate and prove her loyalty to its leader, Solomon Lane, who Hunt knows as the man in the glasses. However, Dunn had made a copy of the file, but it is impossible to access the file (which is a digital red-box, a security measure used by the British government to transport state secrets) without the biometrics of the Prime Minister himself.

Regrouping with Brandt and Stickell, Hunt and Dunn follow Ilsa back to London, where they debate the nature of their work. Having betrayed one another so many times, they can no longer be certain of their own loyalty, question what to do next as they cannot be sure that Lane has not anticipated and moved to manipulate them. When Dunn is abducted by Lane's men, Hunt realises that Lane will always have a plan to acquire the files, and that the only sure way to stop him is to force a confrontation with him. He agrees to Lane's ultimatum to abduct the Prime Minister and use his voice print to unlock the file.

Disturbed by this turn of events, Brandt contacts Hunley and reveals their location. Hunley arrives at a charity auction to try and prevent Hunt from attacking the Prime Minister, and take him with Brandt and Attlee to a secure room. Having posed as Attley, Hunt reveals himself and has the Prime Minister confirm the existence of the Syndicate: a top-secret black project that sought to recruit disavowed foreign operatives to carry out clandestine missions; an initiative that the Prime Minister rejected as too extreme. When the real Attlee arrives, Hunt subdues him, and he admits that Lane hijacked the project for his own ends and went rogue, and that Atlee has been desperately covering up its existence ever since. Atlee is arrested and taken into custody, with Hunley taking the credit for subduing him.

Stickell discovers that the file is not a ledger of agents, but contains the location and access codes for billions of dollars in untraceable funds that Lane has been desperate to get to expand the Syndicate's operations. Hunt memorises the data and destroys the file to force Lane to release Dunn in exchange for what he knows. He lures Lane out into the open and into a trap set up by Stickell. Imprisoned in a bulletproof cell, he is gassed and taken into custody. Syndicate is officially shut down for good. Faust is cleared of charges and she is a free woman. She can go anywhere she wants.

America Edit

Some time later, Hunley and Brandt return to the oversight committee to reinstate the IMF. Hunley suggests that their original meeting gave them a pretext to let Hunt's team infiltrate the government and take down the Syndicate without arousing suspicion. The committee is skeptical, believing Hunley is trying to save face, but agree when Brandt again refuses to discuss operational matters without permission. But the committee approves and IMF reinstated. Outside, Brandt welcomes Hunley as the new secretary of IMF.


Release Edit

The film was released in the US on July 31, 2015.

Critical Reception Edit

The film, like its predecessor, received critical acclaim, receiving a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Box Office Edit

The film has received $451.7 million worldwide.


  • In the Opera in Vienna, when the Austrian Chancellor is shot, he shouts out indignanty, "It's just a fleshwound!," referencing Monty Python.

People Edit

Suspect Reason
Atlee In the interview, he said that the Syndicate was heading their way.
Lauren She had been there when the Syndicate was shooting at the Chinese.
Janik Vinter He could been among the Syndicate.

Culprit Reason
Solomon Lane as the leader of the Syndicate Hunley knew the Syndicate had being shooting the people and were attempting to destroy the IMF.