I was not disappointed in any aspect of the film! I was worried about Rebecca Ferguson though. I had no idea who she was before this film, I hoped she wouldn't churn out a performance like Paula Patton's terrible turn in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The chemistry between Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson is more palatable than the previous female co-star.
It was lovely to see Ving Rhames back on the screen and Simon Pegg is always great whether he's in the next Star Trek as Scotty or (here's hoping) the next installment of MI.
Now, to the plot! We open on a mission to stop a payload from leaving a foreign country. Well, duh, it wouldn't be a MI movie without this but this is not the point. This mission is missing one field agent. That would be Brandt. He's back in D.C. defending the I.M.F. to congress and the main protagonist is Alec Baldwin's CIA director. The mission at the beginning was completed, you already know that this is not even related to the rest of the film. It just brings us into the world as it is now in the aftermath of Ghost Protocol.
Skip forward a few minutes, Ethan's dead drop location in London has been compromised by none other than this movie's baddie, the Syndicate. We're introduced to Solomon Lane, former secret agent for some government, played by Sean Harris. (He reminded me of a blond, creepy version of David Tennant.) It's not clear right away how this guy is the Syndicate but all will become clear as Ethan becomes obsessed with finding this guy but he has to go rogue to do it. See, this is where the title comes in.
Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) rescues Ethan from the Syndicate's henchmen at great risk to herself.
And that is enough of that! Just go see this film!