At The Movies: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

I get the feeling Hollywood doesn’t know what the word “impossible” means.

I mean, it looks to me like Ethan Hunt and his team have a pretty good track record for getting the job done. Granted, no normal human could pull off the things they do, but the point is for this squad these missions really aren’t impossible.

In fact, given the number of outrageous stunts Ethan pulls off in this latest adventure, a better name for the series would be Mission: Implausible.

mission_impossible__fallout_ver4“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is the sixth installment in the film series, and possibly the most over-the-top, insane outing for the franchise yet. And for this franchise, that’s saying something.

For this go-round, Ethan’s (Tom Cruise) mission — which he will choose to accept or there will be no movie — is to recover stolen plutonium before it falls into the hands of a terrorist group.

A power broker known as the White Widow (Vanessa Kirby ) has set up an unfortunate trade: If Ethan wants the plutonium he’s going to have to free anarchist Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) from prison. Ethan put Lane is prison in an earlier film and has no desire to get him out.

New CIA chief Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) doesn’t trust Ethan and so she sends her own man — August Walker (Henry Cavill) — to keep an eye on things and make sure the plutonium gets back into the proper hands. Rest assured there will be double-crosses, triple-crosses and quadruple-crosses before all is said and done.

Along for another wild ride are the usual suspects — Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg), Alan (Alec Baldwin) and newcomer from the last film Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). Jeremy Renner, who joined the squad two movies ago, sat this one out so he could film “Avengers: Infinity War” — which he never appears in.

But enough about plot and cast — “M:I” movies are notable mainly for their insane stunt sequences, and “Fallout” definitely delivers on that end. This is probably the most action-packed movie in the series and every moment is ridiculous, compelling and crazy fun. There’s the skydiving bit, the motorcycle chase, Ethan running full-bore for like five miles over the tops of buildings, and it all ends with an intense “must find and dismantle bombs in 15 minutes” that is roughly 30 minutes of pure adrenaline action.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is just the jolt of roller-coaster-ride intensity that the late summer needs.

 

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