Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible - Fallout

Like a fine wine, the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise just seems to get better with age with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT upping the ante both in terms of overall look and action

Considering MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE is now on its sixth outing, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the film franchise is sure to be running out of steam but in the case of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT, the opposite is true. Like a fine wine, the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise just seems to get better with age with the latest instalment upping the ante both in terms of overall look and action over its predecessor.

The sixth film in the franchise sees IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) team up with associates Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) once again when an unknown operative working with a terrorist group known as “The Apostles” plans a devastating nuclear bomb attack. While working to stop the organization, Hunt is forced to work with CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) and gain the trust of an arms dealer and broker called The White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) in order to stop the planned attacks and save the world.

With its stellar cast, engaging plot, stunning visuals and plenty of jaw-dropping stunts, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT has everything you want in a summer action film. Building on his work in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION, Director and Writer Christopher McQuarrie is back with an even better script and even better stunts.

Henry Cavill in Mission Impossible - Fallout (2018)

For the most part, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT boasts a well-crafted and engaging story. With plenty of twists and turns which demand your full attention, McQuarrie’s script cleverly builds upon plot points established in previous films, including some subtle references to the original MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film.

But what people really come to see is, of course, the action, which certainly doesn’t disappoint. Expect HALO jumping, cliff-climbing, motorcycle chases and an epic helicopter finale which will have you on the edge of your seat. Yes, this is one hell of an action-packed ride.

In terms of cast, Tom Cruise, as usual, is wonderful to watch, continuing to impress with his acting ability and insistence upon doing his stunts for his films. The film also sees a welcome return of IMF regulars Simon Pegg as Benji and Ving Rhames as Luther, both of whom bring just the right of humour, intelligence and heart to the story.

Elsewhere, Henry Cavill is strong as the charismatically crafty August Walker, while Sean Harris returns as villain Solomon Lane in a smaller and weaker role than in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION.

Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible - Fallout (2018)

The two standout performances, however, belong to Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, whose presence is beautifully handled, and Vanessa Kirby as The White Widow, who I suspect we may see more of as the franchise develops.

While the overabundance of characters and constant jumps from place to place means it’s easy to lose track of the plot, there is much pleasure to be gained from sitting back and enjoying the action.

The final 45 minutes, in particular, is phenomenal with a very tense and very bonkers helicopter chase – undoubtedly the best stunt of the whole film – leaving you on the edge of your seat.

It’s may have been over twenty years since the first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film hit cinema screens but if MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT is anything to go by, the franchise is still very much alive.

4 out of 5 stars

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT is in UK cinemas from 25 July 2018