Reality’s Rogue Nation: Mission Impossible 5 Analysis
In Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Tomkat returns to save the world, er, Tom, minus the Kat. In the last installment of Ethan Hunt’s (modeled after CIA spymaster Howard Hunt), the “Impossible Mission Force” was able to halt the enigmatic “Cobalt” in his apocalyptic attempt to kickstart evolutionary abiogenesis by nuking the globe. As highlighted before, the film revealed a great deal concerning real-world depopulation stratagems, hearkening to the likes of Bill Gates, Ted Turner and Prince Charles. In this week’s blockbuster, something equally as sinister, and infinitely more complex is explored in the plot – that of the subterfuge of British Intelligence.
Locating a crate of hijacked nerve gas by Chechen terrorists, Ethan Hunt is activated for a new mission to track down a mysterious Syndicate, following new leads in a London record store that operates as a front for what he believes is western intelligence. Bookstores and tailors are classic fronts, but the use of music shop is interesting, recalling The Prisoner series, where No. 6 signals he is receiving messages from outside agents, and in Hunt’s case, he appears to have met his match as he is gassed and nabbed by this new organization.
With Hunt disappearing and the IMF disbanded due to government inquiry, the CIA takes over the role of Col. L Fletcher Prouty “Secret Team” style operations formerly helmed by Hunt, while the IMF team is accused of collusion with international crime. Hunt, in captivity, learns the Syndicate is enabling international false flag terror plots, assassinations and large-scale disasters in a long chain of managed chaos.
The film’s most interesting and artistic sequence is the Turandot opera in Vienna, Austria, where two assassins accompany Hunt’s femme fatale lead, Ilsa Faust, seeking to gain entrance to the Syndicate by assuring the assassination of the Austrian Chancellor (should she fail). There is reference here to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by British SIS that sparked World War I. The plot of Turandot functions as the backdrop to Rogue Nation, as three riddles must be solved for the opera’s Prince to obtain the hand of the Princess.
Passing the tests, the Princess is still unwilling to marry him so a compromise is offered – if she can guess his name before dawn the next day, he will die and release her from the bond. In Rogue Nation, Ethan and Ilsa Faust exchange offers of a “way out” following her three failed tests for gaining entrance to the Syndicate. Faust’s name is overtly significant, with Dr. Faust representing the “deal with the devil,” as we discover Ilsa is actually under the thumb of British Intelligence, entrapped into infiltrating the Syndicate by her MI6 handler, Attlee.
Ultimately, the significance of the opera is quite transparent: Just as the assassination occurs at a certain note in the opera representing the lead’s death, so the assassin’s cue is the deathnote. Expand this principle into twilight language and the message is this: The characters in the play are playing out a script, in the exact same fashion as the oligarchs and their intelligence agencies manage the puppet strings of world events. The World is a Theater in the sense that power elites stage manage world events with the same precision as a symphonic composition. Understand this point well, since it is the entire message of the film. The rabbit hole, the Alice in Wonderland twists and turns of the intelligence world’s hall of mirrors are the background to reality’s “big events” in the same way Turandot is the background to Mission Impossible 5. That is, MI 5 – quite an interesting title.