During the summer season we don’t get too long to wait between big action movies and R-rated comedies. As such, this weekend we have the return of Mr. Ethan Hunt and a return for the Griswold family to the ever-elusive Walley World. We’ve got Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Vacation hitting theaters.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
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Look who’s back. Back again. Ethan’s back, with his friends. If you told a then-senior in high school Doug Norrie when he was seeing the first Mission: Impossible film, with all it’s mask-tearing-off glory and double-crossing galore, that the franchise would still be kicking twenty years later, I would have thought you were crazy and wondered why you were talking to me at all. But the series keeps on chugging, and it looks like it’s in better shape than ever.

See Ethan and his band of merry men and women in the trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation below:
There’s not much else to say except that this movie looks freaking awesome. Even the trailer is a high-octane tour de force full of highwire acts, explosions and whatever else floats your action film boat. Early reviews for the newest in series continue a nice trajectory for the franchise. Mission: Impossible’s one, two and three (61%, 57% and 70% respectively) set a foundation while Ghost Protocol (93%) really upped the ante. This one’s sitting at a cool 96% after more than twenty-five reviews. That’s rarified action air for a film franchise that seems to only get better the more Tommy Boy ages. Cinema Blend’s own Sean O’Connell had nothing but immense praise for this film in his review, where he handed out 4.5 stars and praised, among other things, the intense action sequences. It’s just the kind of thing you want out of a summer popcorn movie. Lots of boom boom with just enough story and acting chops to round out the rest of it.

Director Christopher McQuarrie has a ton of very solid writing credits and his last directorial work came with Jack Reacher (62%), another Cruise-led film. Though he does seem to know how to write for Cruise with other films like Edge of Tomorrow (90%) and Valkyrie (62%) as a couple of other times he’s had Tom on the brain.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation just looks fun, and I suspect it crushes the box office. It’s hitting at a perfect time, just like the MI crew. They know when to show up, do their business and get the job done.

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