Updated On: May 3, 2020

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Art & Design

Architecture

Children & Teenagers
Explore: Casablanca, Morocco is one of the main settings of the movie. You see the most famous architectural wonder of the country during a view of the city – the Hasan II Mosque. Explore the mosque and see the Muslims there to worship on Google Earth. Wikipedia says, “its minaret is the world’s second tallest minaret at 210 meters (689 ft)… The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca… The walls are of hand-crafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer…”

Music

Children & Teenagers
Watch: The assassination to take place in the Vienna Opera house during the performance of Turandot, known for its stunning visuals. The Sydney Opera House’s synopsis: “Turandot is a beautiful and brutal princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded. Calaf is a brave, selfish prince from a different land, who watches the princess behead a rival suitor and falls instantly in love.” Watch it on Amazon.

Careers & Life Callings

Children & Teenagers
Consider: In the start of the movie, Ethan Hunt relies on his team to hack a plane in order to let him in to stop terrorists. In our thoroughly computerized and connected world, the threat of hacking airplanes and other vehicles is real. Since not everyone that would want to do this is good, the work of cybersecurity professionals is so important. Would you consider doing that for your career? Why or why not?

Engineering & Technology

Computers & Programming

Children & Teenagers
Watch and Produce: The most important secret of the movie that Ethan Hunt and his team are trying to expose to the American and British national security agencies is encrypted three times. In its simplest form, what is cryptography? Why couldn’t Benji try to break the code himself? Learn about what cryptography is in this short SciShow explainer video. Then write down an encrypted message, yourself, and give it to someone with they key they will need to decrypt it. See if they or anyone else can crack your message without the key. 

Miscellaneous & Multidisciplinary

Children & Teenagers
Read: In the beginning scene of the movie when Ethan Hunt jumps onto a plane and then dangles of its side as the plane takes off, Tom Cruise really was doing that and when his feet slipped he really was hanging with the grip of his hands. Read more about the stunt he did without a stunt devil to do for him here.

Children & Teenagers
Read: The scene where Ethan Hunt is required to replace the data cards under water needed to be retried for two weeks. Tom Cruise actually needed to hold his breath for 6 minutes. Read about it and his two months of training from free diving experts.

Social Sciences

Civics & Government Studies

Children & Teenagers
Discuss: As stated on the CIA website, “CIA’s primary mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security. This is a very complex process and involves a variety of steps.” Sometimes CIA agents and those of other nations must give their lives for state security. Would you do that? Why? And for national security purposes, would you endure torture not to disclose secrets to enemies or terrorists?

History

Children & Teenagers
Research: Why do you think Benji spoke with the Moroccan security guard in French? Search for answers as to why French would be spoken in this Arab nation.

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