Mission Impossible 5 (Rogue Nation) opens in the Nigerian cinemas on Friday and we are all pretty excited. As our way of counting down to the fifth installment in this franchise (which started in 1996), we give you a background to the key IMF members:
Played by: Jeremy Renner
First appearance: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Last appearance: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
We were introduced to William Brandt in the fourth movie of the franchise (Ghost Protocol), where he met Ethan Hunt, and was forced to be his partner when the secretary of the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) was killed.
As an analyst, and a previous field agent, William Brandt is one invaluable ally that Ethan has had to rely on. Brandt was assigned to guard Ethan and Julia Hunt from a 6-man Serbian hit squad in Croatia. He felt the job would be simple due to them knowing of the coming force, but felt he should warn Ethan and Julia nonetheless. However, he considered that orders are orders and kept quiet about the coming danger. One day, Ethan went for a run and Brandt followed, leaving two agents with Julia.
When Brandt returned, the two agents were unconscious and Julia was missing. Days later,Julia’s body was reportedly found, and this led to Brandt retiring from his position as a Field Agent and becoing an analyst.
In the IMF’s attempt to prevent nuclear war, the Secretary assigned Ethan a mission to retrieve stolen nuclear launch codes from Kurt Hendricks, who is also known as Cobalt. After Ethan accepted the mission, and was set to begin, the vehicle they were riding in was attacked leaving the driver and Secretary killed. The vehicle plunged from a bridge into the water below, with Ethan leading Brandt out of the submerged vehicle and the two escaped.
After searching for and finally spotting the train on which the mission was to begin, the two were forced to run for it as the train was already in motion. After a code was entered and Ethan used the retinal scanner to confirm his identity as an IMF agent, the two boarded the train.
After regrouping with other members, the group formulated a plan to stop Hendricks and Wistrom, by intercepting an exchange between the terrorists and an assassin named Sabine Moreau at the Burj Khalifa.
When the mission goes awry, Brandt reveals his past as an agent to Benji Dunn and Jane Carter, other IMF members. After learning that Hendricks requires a defunct Soviet military satellite in order to launch the missile, Brandt and the team head to India to stop the launch. Equipped with a special magnetic vest, Brandt enters the server room to deactivate the satellite.
However, Hendricks ultimately succeeds in launching the missile. As the group head to the broadcasting station to acquire the launch-control device, Hunt pursues Hendricks whilst Brandt and the others attempt to bring the broadcasting station back online.
However, Wistrom turns the power off, leading Brandt to search for the generator. In an ensuing struggle with Wistrom, Brandt finds he was unable to overpower the terrorist and reach for the switch. Benji intervenes in the nick of time, shooting Wistrom and allowing Brandt to reactivate the generator, leading Hunt to prevent the missile from detonating.
Eight weeks after stopping Hendricks‘ plan, Ethan asked the team of Benji, Jane and Brandt to take new missions. Benji and Jane quickly agreed, but Brandt attempted to leave without accepting. Ethan stopped him and asked him how he knew Julia was actually dead. He asked Brandt if he had seen the body and then revealed to him that he faked Julia‘s death to protect her. With closure and relief, Brandt accepted the next mission, leaving Ethan to watch his wife.
We look forward to seeing more from Brandt in Rogue Nation.
Benjamin ‘Benji’ Dunn
Benjamin Dunn, generally known as Benji is one of the key members of the IMF. Played by Simen Pegg, Benji was introduced to us in Mission impossible III as a technician who played a key role in the rescue mission of Julia Mead, Ethan Hunt’s fiancée, when she was kidnapped.
Further down the Mission Impossible series, he was promoted to a field agent and he helped break Hunt out of prison. A creative genius, he aided Hunt on his next two missions to infiltrate the Kremlin and then to retrieve nuclear launch codes from Kurt Hendricks. During the attempt to bring a broadcasting station back online, he realized that William Brandt was taking too long and went after him, leaving Jane Carter to finish the job as she was too injured to go after Brandt. Dunn arrived in time to kill Wistrom as he fought Brandt, allowing Brandt to restore power to the station and Ethan to disable the nuclear missile. From the Rogue Nation’s trailer, we are sure we’d be seeing more action and ingenuity from Benji.
Join us tomorrow as we continue profiling the agents of the IMF (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation opens in Nigerian cinemas on 7th August, 2015.
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