Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.
22 year after the first film in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series, Ethan Hunt and his gang are back in the sixth instalment ‘Fallout’ and it’s every bit as good as its predecessors. The continued hit rate and longevity of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series is a rarity in Hollywood where the general rule follows that the quality decreases with each sequel. Not so for ‘Mission: Impossible’, which has hit on a winning formula (and it most certainly is a formula) that continues to deliver high quality entertainment and some of the best stunts in modern filmmaking. I loved ‘Fallout’ and was engrossed in every daft twist and turn, carried along by the charismatic cast and the terrifically choreographed set pieces and this is likely to be the best blockbuster of the summer.
This particular outing benefits from the return of Christopher McQuarrie in the director’s chair (the first director to make two films in the series) and he more than anyone seems to get exactly what this series is about. The plot of the film centres on a race to find some lethal plutonium before it can be used to set off nuclear bombs across the globe, with Hunt and his team (Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg returning) tasked with finding it. They’re joined along the way by both new faces (Vanessa Kirby and a terrific Henry Cavill) and old (Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa is back, as is Sean Harris’s villain from ‘Rogue Nation’) and the narrative takes these characters from Paris to London to Kashmir on their search. The film exudes confidence and whilst it sticks to formula and the twists are telegraphed, it has a hell of a lot of fun on the way there and I thought it was a thrilling watch. Tom Cruise may be 56 but his aptitude for complex stunts persists and ‘Fallout’ has many of those, from a car chase through Paris to an audacious foot race across the rooftops of London and he once again proves there is no one better at leading an action movie.
‘Mission: Impossible: Fallout’ is another superb entry in the series and these movies continue to consistently deliver terrific action, fast paced storytelling and outstanding entertainment. And when they continue to be as much fun as this, long may this series continue!
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley and Alec Baldwin