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Studio:
     Paramount
Plot:
     Ethan Hunt and his IMF team a race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Cast:
     Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan
Rating:
     PG-13
Bottom Line:
     ****

Coverage:
by
Jon Rutledge

The MI franchise has worked out a formula that works for them. Having a formula is not a bad thing, they have mastered what makes an exciting story and execute it well. This movie is just as entertaining as the last two. The performances are top notch and you can tell they enjoy making these films as their pleasure shows through on the screen. In this one they are trying to wrap up what’s left of the syndicate from the last film, this is a fabulous continuation of this story. We don’t have to set up anything we just get to see Ethan and his team clean house. 

The mission Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) plus his team Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) are tasked with collecting three nuclear cores the remnants of the Syndicate are planning to use to cause a great catastrophe. Things don’t go as planned, as often happens in these films, and they are now having to work with the CIA who is providing oversite. August Walker (Henry Cavill) from the CIA is assigned with keeping them inline and making sure nothing gets in the way of completing the mission including Ethan’s team.


The Writer/Director (Christopher McQuarrie) pick this story up after the events of the last film. As an overarching story they tie up elements nicely. He has an eye for what makes a compelling story. The best bits of the film are a mixture of action, humor, loss and redemption. McQuarrie grabs you from the first few scenes and doesn’t let go until 5 mints after the films finishes. 

McQuarrie’s work in action films stands on its own. The films he and Directed have all been well done. We see that intense action in Way of the Gun and now in both Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Fallout. He seems to be Tom Cruise’s go to writer with good reason he has several hits under his belt. He also has some clinkers as well, but I bet if he directed them they would have been better. 

The best quality of these films is sometimes things go horribly wrong and they must think fast to complete the mission. It’s this element is so engaging. No plan survives contact with the enemy however these folks make it seem easy, well maybe not easy but at least entertaining. They had me holding my breath and flinching at all the right parts. I am going to have to go again and bring some friends. 

Each player has a part to play, Ving Rhames plays the heart of the team where Simon Pegg is the comic relief. The chemistry is outstanding. If I were up on a cliff free climbing I would want these two having my back. An Interesting fact someone pointed out Tom Cruise is 56 on this film, impressive considering the problems and injuries they had on set. During the Chase through London Cruise broke an ankle on set and ended up delaying the film for eight weeks. In contrast did you know Wilford Brimley was 51 when he filmed Cocoon? All this tells me Tom Cruise has taken really good care of himself or he has sold his soul to the devil for Casey Kasem like immortality.

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