Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Since 1966, the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise has been a constant mainstay. From the long-running TV show starring Peter Graves, which even had a local incarnation in the late 1980’s, to the Tom Cruise movies, the series has successfully endured. Now onto its sixth cinematic outing, the ever-green franchise shows no signs of ending. That’s just as well as the latest adventure is just as spectacular as the others. A place there ‘budgets go to die’ every penny is up there on screen being thrown around in impossibly amazing ways.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team, including Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) face their greatest threat. After battling them on a previous mission, they determine to bring down the Syndicate, a dangerous group of terrorists. When several nuclear devices are stolen, Hunt and the team race to retrieve the stolen items. Their work is made harder by the presence of shady CIA agent Augustus Walker (Henry Cavill). Peril and death swiftly stalk the team with the possibility of succeeding in their mission becoming increasingly remote.

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is a top-drawer action movie. No frame is wasted under Christopher McQuarrie’s energetic direction. Helming his second ‘Mission: Impossible’ film in a row, McQuarrie wrings the best out of the story and lush locations. He is aided by the strong cast with Cruise and his regular ensemble up to the challenge with the well filmed stunts and drama. Whilst the plot occasionally gets somewhat muddled, it doesn’t matter as the imaginative and exciting action scenes hardly stop.

The stars of the show aren’t the actors but the stunt-people. They earn their money in spades with death-defying action sequences among the best of any movie. From car chases, helicopter battles and literal cliff-hangers, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ has it all. It does get pretty ridiculous with the amount of outlandish situations all become involved in but that’s part of the series’ charms. You pay to see an action movie on a grand scale and this delivers in almost all areas.

One of the best of the franchise and a stand-out action adventure in its own right, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is an excellent film. Each white-knuckle fight and chases are keenly felt as are the tense dramatics. Another impossible mission would be very welcome with the overall series entering its sixth decade of thrills in style.

Rating out of 10: 8

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