I really, really loved this movie. People seem kind of split on whether this one is better than Ghost Protocol or not; it’s really hard to say. I can see where each has strengths the other doesn’t have. The climax of this film isn’t anywhere near as brilliant and intense as the parking garage fight in Ghost Protocol. But the villain is better developed and more intelligent here, a more interesting character, and well played by a creepy Sean Harris. The parallel exchange sequence in Ghost Protocol is a masterful spy story sequence and its analogue here is the Vienna Opera House bit, which is monstrously entertaining if not quite up to the exchange in Ghost Protocol. The “money” stunt here, the opening plane bit, isn’t nearly as good as the skyscraper sequence in Ghost Protocol. But there’s not an action sequence in Ghost Protocol nearly as witty, thrilling and brilliantly filmed as that astoundingly brilliant car/motorcycle chase. Well, whatever, they’re both really just perfect action adventures. Everyone is on top of their game here; the returning players from Ghost Protocol are just total pros. Pegg, in particular, is really wonderful here, particularly in that climactic confrontation between Cruise & Harris where Pegg serves as a conduit between the two. Baldwin is a great addition to the cast and all the supporting cast members, like Simon McBurney, are excellent. Tom Hollander gets off a great, wry, very funny cameo as the Prime Minister. The story here is intriguing and well-told. It’s just another triumph for the series; like I say, it’s hard for me to say that the series continues to get better since this one and Ghost Protocol are basically in a tie position as far as I’m concerned. But that’s really good enough at this point. A sixth one? Yes, please. 4 stars.
tl;dr – superlative cast, breath-taking action sequences, charming wit and a clever script; Rogue Nation is another impossible triumph. 4 stars.