(4.5 / 5)
Tom Cruise is one of the last Hollywood superstars. Though interest stateside in his films has started to wane, his franchise Mission Impossible is hotter than ever. Since Ghost Protocol in 2011, the series has been completely reinvigorated. The stunts are more elaborate, the stakes for the characters are higher, but the story is tight and present from the first scene. 2015’s Rogue Nation managed to keep the energy and quality up and avoid any lackluster moments. Now, the 22-year-old series brings us the sixth film aiming to continue the string of success.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team have been tasked with recovering three plutonium cores. When Ethan makes a difficult call, the radioactive package is in the wind. Now, with the reluctant assistance of the CIA in the form of Agent Walker (Henry Cavill), Hunt’s team must relocate and capture the plutonium before it is fashioned into a devasting series of interconnected bombs.
Though Fallout doesn’t have one central stunt that it markets heavily (Burj Kalifa in Ghost Protocol, hanging from rock ledge in Mission Impossible II), it is packed with fun and exciting stunts of various magnitudes. Most memorable is the bathroom fight sequence that showcases Hunt and Walker’s different fighting styles. Fans of the previous films will notice characters and nods to each film throughout as it moves the story from country to country. Those Easter eggs alone were fun to find. Beyond the fan service, I was gasping and wowed throughout as the action and intensity ratcheted up.
Like very few film franchises, Mission Impossible: Fallout is as intense and well-executed as the first of the series. Returning director Christopher McQuarrie continues the story started in Rogue Nation, including the consequences of the earlier film. Bringing back underutilized villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and packed with characters and nods to earlier films, Fallout is a fantastic sequel. From the story to the exciting globetrotting of Hunt and company, it’s pure entertainment built on a smart and twisting plot. More than a great summer flick or sequel, this is one of the best movies of the year. Cruise’s other roles may not pack much impact, but Mission Impossible has plenty of creativity in the tank. 4.5 out of 5 stars.