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Tom Cruise embarks on another "Mission: Impossible"

Kai Ryssdal Jul 29, 2015
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Tom Cruise embarks on another "Mission: Impossible"

Kai Ryssdal Jul 29, 2015
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The fifth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, “Rogue Nation,” opens Friday.

Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt in a role that’s been a consistent win for the aging action hero. Even amidst a rocky decade, this iteration of the franchise was a strong point for Cruise.

Wesley Morris, who writes on film for Grantland, says that Cruise “is a man who would honestly die for you,” and it comes across in the “Mission: Impossible” films. Cruise, who does his own stunts, is hanging from planes and holding his breath again in “Rogue Nation.” 

Morris says the latest movie holds up — it’s fun without poking fun at a dedicated audience.

“People like Cruise in this part,” Morris says, even if the role has become a way for him to prove himself as a still-capable action hero. 

Morris has faith in Cruise and his latest film. “It does not feel like a cash grab the way that another ‘Star Wars’ saga feels like a cash grab,” he says.

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