Star – Tom Cruise
Genre – Action > Spy Thriller
Run Time – 2 hr 27 minutes
My rating ****
Certificate – PG13
Country – U.S.A
Awards – 7 Wins & 17 Nominations
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What I love about the Mission Impossible movies is you know what you are going to get action, humor and script wise, and you know it won’t let you down, again the case with film six in the two decade lucrative franchise. It’s not making Marvel money but with Tom Cruise on board for all six – and two more – it will continue to earn very nicely for the studio.
I think we all have a lot to thank the Mission Impossible franchise for as it kicked in just as the Hollywood spy genre was on its knees and the Cold War anything but and we had no enemies to blow up anymore. Bond was poor with Pierce Bronson and when the second and more polished M.I. film exploded on to the big screen and Jason Bourne also arrived in town it made Bond get its house in order and be grittier and brilliant like it is today. There would be no Daniel Craig without Matt Damon and no sleek and sexy Bond franchise without Ethan Hawke.
Christopher McQuarrie is on board once again after directing Rogue Nation and Tom Cruise again throwing himself into those insane stunts and giving it his all, famously smashing his ankle up in this one. If you see him hang on to the plane on the last one I think that is the greatest stunt ever done by a movie star. It’s unbelievable!
Mission Impossible: Fallout – $178m budget – $791 million gross
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – $150m – $682 million gross
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – $146m – $694 million gross
Mission Impossible 3 – $150m – $357 million gross
Mission Impossible 2 – $125m – $456 million gross
Mission Impossible – $80m – $457million gross
Tom Cruise … Ethan Hunt
Henry Cavill … August Walker
Ving Rhames … Luther Stickell
Simon Pegg … Benji Dunn
Rebecca Ferguson … Ilsa Faust
Sean Harris … Solomon Lane
Angela Bassett … Erika Sloane
Vanessa Kirby … The White Widow
Michelle Monaghan … Julia
Wes Bentley … Erik
Frederick Schmidt … Zola
Alec Baldwin … Alan Hunley
Liang Yang … Lark Decoy
Kristoffer Joner … Nils Debruuk
Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the uber villain from the last film, has been locked up for two years now and has seen the leftovers of his organization, The Syndicate, evolve into a rogue terrorist group called The Apostles.
IMF Super agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) agrees to a mission and has to recover three stolen plutonium cores in Berlin from some pony-tallied Eastern Europeans, fanatics intending to make three nukes from them to sell on. He is joined by specialists and old mates Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), and the required millions in cash for the purchase. But the team fails miserably and The Apostles escape with the plutonium and the cash. The boys do, however, capture nuclear weapons expert Nils Delbruuk (Kristoffer Joner), that may have designed nuclear devices for extremist John Lark (Liang Yang), IMFs next target in search for the nukes.
CIA Director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) is not happy at the failure to secure the plutonium, instructing Special Activities Division operative August Walker (Henry Cavill) to work with Hunt and his team to recover the plutonium. One parachute drop later and Hunt and Walker attempt to grab the man they think is Lark from a club in Paris where they believe he is about be buy the cores from arms dealer known as the White Widow (Vanessa Kirby), only to bungle that as well and Hunt saved by MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) at the last. Hunt now has to play the role of Lark to try and recover the nukes.
The plan is to do a deal with The White Widow to spring Lane from an armored police convoy screaming through Paris, in return for the plutonium cores, one as a down payment and two more when he gets Lane. This is complicated more with other assassins on the scene working for intelligence agencies who all want Lane dead.
Loved it and job done. As I say you know what you are going to get with this set up and always entertains. You see Tom’s ankle explode and just about everything else on screen and with that mix of Simon Pegg comedy and Tom Cruise action and charm as the last remaining male A-Lister on screen you can’t help but not like this. The other characters surrender to his starring role although Henry Cavill quite good fun as the moody CIA agent sidekick.
The plot is run-of-the-mill James Bond nuke stuff with the full countdown and cutting red wires etc and the stunts are big and brave around it. It’s not that hackneyed plot because the action is as crisp and polished as the film races around the world the way Bond films used to do. Cruise is still sexy at 50 and commands the screen.
Refreshingly there is less of those prosthetic face mask scenes where the plot gets too confusing with all those disguises and so easier to follow here. I still don’t know what the hell was going on in the first Mission Impossible film. Bit long at 2 hrs and 30 minutes but you don’t notice as well paced. 97% is a bit too high a rating on Rottentomatoes but certainly one of the event action films of 2018.
Imdb.com –7.9 /10.0 (193.324votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 97% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 60% critic’s approval