Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a product of its time in the best way possible. It’s packed with nearly act-long set pieces that never risk redundancy. It invests in world-building, engaging with the universes created in the preceding installments. It allows for a woman to take center stage, never fearing that she’ll steal Ethan’s spotlight, but allowing them to share it gracefully. For all our complaining about the stagnancy of the film industry, McQuarrie and Cruise have elegantly proved that sequels are not the problem.