The Mission: Impossible series has proven over the years to be fairly reliable in terms of quality. The first movie was solid, while the second was far shakier, but three had a great villain in Philip Seymour Hoffman and 2011’s Ghost Protocol marked a kind of renaissance for the series. Now with the fifth entry in the series, Rogue Nation, the message seems to be, “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Imagine for a moment that in the midst of the War on Drugs in the 1980s, the U.S. Government turned a blind eye to the import of crack cocaine to American city streets—most specifically, Los Angeles—because the profits were going to fund the rebel Contras in Nicaragua. Now imagine that an investigative reporter broke this story in 1996. That’s the story behind Director Michael Cuesta’s true-life film Kill the Messenger. Well actually, that’s only half the story.