This is the sixth Mission: Impossible movie in 22 years, and Tom Cruise is still doing his own stunts.
That in itself should be enough to necessitate a viewing of the new Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and yet thankfully the movie is one of the best in the franchise to date.
We meet Ethan Hunt (as always, played by the action god Tom Cruise) still in pursuit of the elusive Syndicate, but this time they need to be found within 72 hours. Three measurements of plutonium have been stolen by a group calling themselves the Apostles, and Ethan – still backed by the trusty Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) – must do everything in his power to prevent the radioactive material from falling into the hands of the wrong people and being transformed into nuclear weapons.
His search takes him to France, where he runs into old friend Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), who is once again working for MI6. Their target is Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) – the only man with the brains capable of building such devastating weapons in a short period of time. With millions of lives at stake, the pair must decide if they can work together, whilst Hunt is also under the close watch of CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill).
The Mission: Impossible stunts get increasingly impossible with every film (not unlike the car chases in the Fast and Furious series), and this entry is no exception to that rule. That being said, as soon as the Cruiser steps on to the screen, you should know what to expect, and if you can manage to suspend your disbelief for some of the more outrageous scenes, you are in for a treat. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is one of the best action films in recent memory, replete with the series’ staple plot twist and turns. Promotional shots released in the lead up to the film reveal Cruise undertaking the stunts himself, and it shows, particularly in scenes towards the end of the film, adding a level of authenticity, and reminding you, quite frankly, how much of a badass Cruise really is.
Rebecca Ferguson’s return is a welcome one, as essentially a female Hunt, and she complements him in all the right places. Benji and Luther do well to offer the banter and comedic relief that sets the series aside from its more serious, casino-dwelling competition, however Cavill’s CIA agent is slightly underused; almost to the point that it might have been worth losing his moustache for those Justice League reshoots. Not that his character isn’t interesting – he just doesn’t get as much screen time as you’d like.
The film is so well-paced it feels nothing close to its two-and-a-half-hour runtime, and it will leave you as breathless as Cruise in that Rogue Nation scene. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the series at its absolute best. Tom Cruise running = 4/5 stars.
In cinemas: August 2, 2018
Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie