07/30/2015 04:02 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2016

'Mission Impossible' Recap: Get Ready for 'Rogue Nation'

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is hitting theaters on Friday -- and you have to hand it to Tom Cruise, he may be completely bonkers, but he can really carry this franchise even when some of the films are sub-par.

The fifth film has Cruise's Ethan Hunt of the Impossible Missions Force trying to take down The Syndicate, a kind of shadowy anti-IMF. Feeling kind of vague about how he got here and who all these people are? You could binge-watch all the other Mission: Impossible films for the better part of a day -- or you could watch our handy recap that sums up the story in less than 15 minutes.

Watch Ethan and his sexy spy friends as he wears super-realistic masks, hunts down moles, battles the inventor of a super bug, breaks into the Vatican, faces off with assassins, escapes from exploding bridges, infiltrates the Kremlin, gets in a bunch of car and motorcycle chases and hangs off the ceiling by wires, a lot.

All caught up? Good -- now here's the trailer for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.