“Mission: Impossible — Fallout Is The Most Exhilarating Movie You’ll See This Year,” reads the headline for Mike Ryan’s Uproxx review.
Cruise returns as the seemingly invincible super-spy Ethan Hunt for the new film, which follows Hunt and his team as they globe-trot from stunning location to stunning location in a race against time. Six films in, critics are loving it.
Mission: Impossible — Fallout comes to theaters July 27.
The plot may be as indecipherable as The Big Sleep, but the action is insane in this sixth installment of Mission: Impossible. Loaded with extended sequences that show Tom Cruise doing what look like real — and really dangerous — stunts all over central Paris and London, in addition to more far-flung destinations and on almost any means of transportation you care to name, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s second outing on the series tops what he did with Cruise three years ago with Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which is saying something. That film pulled in $682 million worldwide (71 percent of that outside the U.S.), and there’s little reason to believe that this new ultra-amped-up extravaganza shouldn’t pull in that much or more.
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Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s Fallout is the closest the series has come to Ethan Hunt’s own Skyfall or On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – the sequel that fills in the IMF agent’s personal backstory and the emotional sacrifices he’s made chasing the lunatic villains of the world. It’s a film with not just action, but stakes.
It doesn’t take long to recognize that Mission: Impossible — Fallout is one of the best action movies ever made.
Cruise strides through Rogue Nation with the combination of swagger and winking self-deprecation that have helped make him one of Hollywood’s most enduring and, dang it, lovable screen products. Just when viewers are about to give into full eye roll — when he displays the perfectly sculpted chest that his contract apparently stipulates he bare in every movie, say, or lays one of his penetrating Blue Steel looks on the baddie du jour — he delivers a perfectly timed pratfall or handsomely dim retort.
Cruise is back in action for the fifth time, and no worse for wear, in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. The director is Christopher McQuarrie, who cooked up something moody and intense with Cruise in 2012’s Jack Reacher. But McQuarrie has never worked on this huge a scale, and the strain to go big and bigger sometimes shows.
Although the 53-year-old Tom Cruise’s biceps are impressive and his Six Million Dollar Tin Man running style as endearing as ever, the best reason to see Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation is Rebecca Ferguson, a Swedish-born actress passing easily as a British spy named Ilsa.
Ethan Hunt has never met an impossible mission, and yet, audiences need to believe that this one could get away from him for the thrill to work. Here, with everything that he’s ever cared about on the line, Hunt proves why he’s summer’s most valuable action hero.