Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Spy franchise returns with thrills, death-defying stunts.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 131 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 38 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Sometimes perseverance and tenacity are the only things that will pay off. In both friendships and at work, loyalty matters. It's good to be resourceful.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ethan Hunt may be a covert agent, but even operating in a world of violence and destruction, he's principled and dedicated. The rest of the IMF crew shares his deep sense of justice and fairness. British agent Ilsa Faust is a strong, confident female character.

Violence

Frequent gunfights and hand-to-hand combat, though little blood. Cars and motorcycles crash during a high-speed chase, and a vehicle explodes when a bomb detonates as part of an assassination attempt. A sniper shoots at targets from a distance; victims are seen getting hit through the scope. A character is forced to wear a vest loaded with explosives. Lots of dangerous stunts, including one in which Ethan clings to the outside of a plane as it takes off.

Sex

Flirting. Scantily-clad women. A bare back of a woman with a partial view of her breast.

Language

Occasional swearing includes "s--t" and "hell."

Consumerism

Brands/products in the movie include BMW, Dell computers, Halo, Tissot watches.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is Tom Cruise's fifth Mission: Impossible adventure as Ethan Hunt. It's built on the same foundation as the four preceding films, meaning there's lots of thrilling action, death-defying stunt work, and violence (stabbing, shooting, explosions, hand-to-hand combat), though much of it is stylized and choreographed, and it's relatively bloodless. Swearing is infrequent, though "s--t" is used, and there's not much in the way of drinking/drugs (a bit of social drinking by adults). Some partial nudity; there's a bare back of a woman with a partial view of her breast. Teamwork and loyalty are running themes of the series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhappymaddison August 3, 2015

Mission: Impossible 5

As you may read that in in the pg-13 rating there is nudity there is pretty much not any all there is a women takes off her bra (but nothing shown).The violence... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 and 12 year old Written bytalldadof2 August 1, 2015

Tom Cruise & Co. deliver again!

If you liked the last MI movie (Ghost Protocol) you'll like this one as well. Just as good, and more or less the same movie, but with different action se... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byThe Reel Aisle Seat August 2, 2015

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" Review

The "Mission: Impossible" series has been one that has consistently given us great action, gadgets, and stunts. They took all of this to a whole new l... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPhil Johnson August 1, 2015

Great movie

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is the best movie of the franchise so far. It's thrilling, has intriguing characters and a strong plot with a good villain... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, the IMF loses its standing after the head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) proclaims that the covert organization is outdated, far too expensive, and uncontrollable. Unmoored, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) -- who's leading the search for the so-called Syndicate, a rogue band of former spies now working as terrorists -- is left isolated from the rest of his squad (Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg). But Hunt won't stop until he finds the leader of the syndicate and a mysterious British spy, Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who's either working for the good guys, for the Syndicate, or only for herself.

Is it any good?

Make no mistake, this predictable movie is clearly part of the Mission: Impossible franchise -- by which we mean it checks off all the usual boxes. There are high-octane action sequences (one in which Hunt danges from the side of a plane as it takes off is pretty gnarly), glamorous locales (Morocco and Belarus), comedic banter between Hunt and Benji (Pegg), and super-complicated missions that require death-defying entrances with Hunt as the centerpiece.

But it's also undeniably entertaining -- and genuinely thrilling. Yes, the geopolitics are scrambled and confusing, and the villains are non-specific and generic. But by the time you hear the strains of that world-famous theme song, you'll be salivating like a Pavlovian dog. Resist all you want, but you'll be hard pressed not to succumb to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's charms from the first scene.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ethan Hunt and his band of brothers, who are technically operating outside of the law. Are they still "good guys"? Where are the lines that separate them from their enemies? Do you consider Ethan a role model?

  • What role does violence play a film like Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation? Does its glossy nature distract from the brutality on the screen? Is it glamorized? Do different types of movie violence have different impact on kids?

  • British agent Ilsa Faust goes toe-to-toe with Ethan. How often is a woman shown holding her own against a formidable male lead in an action film? Does any hint of romance detract from their equality?

Movie details

For kids who love action and adventure

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