|Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) face off in "Mission Impossible: Fallout" (Paramount)|
Typically with movie franchises, you expect the films to steadily get worse with each subsequent film, but in the case of Mission Impossible, just the opposite is true or so it seems. The very first film from 1996 received a 63% “fresh” score from Rotten Tomatoes while the 6th film, Mission Impossible: Fallout, is already “certified fresh” at 98% and it’s not hard to see why. While I personally loved the casting for MI 4: Ghost Protocol, I will say that as far as the action goes, this one is the best of the series.
|Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill (Paramount)|
While not spoken out loud, it becomes clear that Ethan is beginning to doubt himself. In a fight scene, Ethan becomes winded while August is just getting started. In another, he appears to be confused and his team asks him what the plan is. His rely is echoed throughout the movie numerous times: “I’m working on it.” This is not the Ethan that we’re used to. He’s older now (Cruise is 56, Cavill is 35), more thoughtful and less willing to take chances. Is Ethan Hunt too old for this job? Of course he isn’t! But’s it’s nice to add a new layer of humanity to the role.
Many reviewers praised Christopher McQuarrie’s work writing and directing 2015’s Rogue Nation. He’s back with an even better script and remarkable movie stunts that we’ve haven’t seen before that build upon one another. The longer the film goes on, the more ridiculous the scenarios and the more “impossible” the tasks become making this movie one wild ride.
|Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise|
and Ving Rhames (Paramount)
Mission Impossible: Fallout has everything you want in a summer action film (non-stop action) and nothing you don’t (lots of boring conversation). Sure, it’s complicated as every film before it and features a little less gadgets and gizmos, but you’re having too much fun to care. The film even manages to squeeze out a few emotional scenes too. None that require Kleenex, but just enough to make you feel a little squishy inside.