Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
Your mission should you choose to accept it
Ethan Hunts gets the mission command…
Recorded Voice: Good evening, Mr. Hunt. The weapons you recovered in Belarus were confirmed to be VX nerve gas, capable of devastating a major city. The bodies of the air crew were found less than 24 hours after they landed in Damascus. They were identified as low level Chechen separatist, with neither the access nor the ability to acquire the weapons they were transporting. This would support your suspicion that a shadow organization is committed to inciting revolution by enabling acts of terror in nations friendly to Western interests. IMF suspects this to be the same shadow organization you have been tracking for the last year also known as the Syndicate. IMF would be right. Normally, you and your team would be tasked with infiltrating and disrupting this terrorist network, but we have taken steps to ensure that this will not happen. Because we are the Syndicate, Mr. Hunt, and now we know who you are.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to face your fate. Pursue us, you’ll be caught. Resist us, you’ll be killed. And your precious Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Mr. Hunt.
This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
The scene takes place in a London record store where Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) is meeting with his fellow IMF agent William Brandt (played by Jeremy Renner). Brandt hands Ethan a small device which, when played, delivers the message. The tone of the message is ominous and foreboding, setting up the danger and risk that Ethan will face on his mission.
As the message plays, the camera pans around the store, showcasing the tension and urgency of the moment. The message lays out the stakes for the mission ahead, indicating that failure is not an option. The use of the word “fate” implies that the outcome of the mission is predetermined and that Ethan and his team must be willing to face the consequences of their actions.
The message then goes on to warn against pursuit and resistance, indicating that those who attempt to interfere with the mission will be caught or killed. This adds to the sense of danger and risk that Ethan and his team face, as they know that they are not only up against their targets but also other forces that seek to thwart their efforts.
The final warning that the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of their actions adds an additional layer of complexity to the mission. This means that if anything goes wrong, the IMF will deny any involvement, leaving Ethan and his team alone to face the consequences.
Overall, the scene is a crucial moment in the movie, setting up the stakes for the mission and highlighting the risks and dangers that Ethan and his team face. It adds tension and urgency to the plot, ensuring that the audience is invested in the outcome of the mission and the fate of the characters.