'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' review: Is the Tom Cruise starrer the best summer blockbuster?
The sixth installment in the long-running franchise, MI: 6 features the return of Ethan Hunt and his team as they hop through cities and countries.
The season of summer blockbusters is upon us and grabbing eyeballs this time around is Tom Cruise-starring action thriller, 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout.' The sixth installment in the long-running and fan-favorite franchise, MI: 6 features the return of Ethan Hunt and his team as they hop through cities and countries, in an attempt to escape the CIA agent, who is on their chase.
Besides Cruise, the much-awaited sequel to the Christopher McQuarrie saga also stars a host of A-lister actors including Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg. Even though the film's US release is due on July 27, the Cruise starrer has already begun garnering rave reviews, thanks to the few critics and lucky ones who got a special preview.
So, before you start flocking to your nearest theaters, here's a look at what most critics thought about 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout':
"The movie is a full-tilt blast, a direct sequel to 2015’s Rogue Nation that rewards a familiarity with that film but also knows that its plot’s chief function is to deliver grand set pieces. Which isn’t to say the movie is without narrative weight," writes Richard Lawson for Vanity Fair.
"It’s just that whatever details from the last one you’ve forgotten or never knew, to begin with, are quickly smoothed away. True to the medium, the movie almost never stops, well, moving—and in that aerodynamic charge a coherent enough plot takes shape, one that has Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) examining the nature of his commitment to all this world-saving, while pretty much everyone around him regards him as the lunatic he is.... But what a dependable lunatic. Who could have guessed that the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, of all the franchises, would have such staying power, somehow getting better as it aged," he adds.
The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy says, "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 looks 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."
"By now, we’ve become accustomed to the M:I films’ signature million-dollar money shots — that one hairy, show-stopping sequence in each movie where Tom Cruise risks life and limb for our unquenchable appetite and armchair amusement. 2012’s 'Ghost Protocol' had Cruise’s Ethan Hunt scaling the tallest skyscraper in the world, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, with nothing more than a pair of glitchy adhesive gloves," Chris Nashawaty, from Entertainment Weekly, adds. "In 2015, 'Rogue Nation' had the star fearlessly hanging by his fingernails from a Russian cargo plane as it sped down the runway and took flight. 'Fallout' has a half dozen of those scenes. At 56, Cruise won’t be satisfied until the audience cries “Uncle” or he winds up in traction — or worse. He’s still Hollywood’s hungriest movie star."
Peter Debruge from Variety wrote, "Ethan Hunt looks his age, even if that makes him the fittest 55-year-old on Earth, sporting distinguished little wrinkles at the corners of his eyes that subtly underscore he’s no hot-shot rookie, and this isn’t his first rodeo. If anything, that’s what sets 'Fallout' apart: It’s aware of Hunt’s previous experience and incorporates that into the narrative."
"Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible Fallout is as relentless and intense an action movie as you’ve seen since 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' The action sequences, character confrontations, and plot turns pile on-top of each other from beginning to end, with barely moment to breathe in between," opined Scott Mendelson, Forbes.
"The set pieces are as gloriously gonzo (and refreshingly believable) as you’d hope, with Tom Cruise again indulging his inner Jackie Chan for our amusement. But the pacing, which occasionally puts this spy adventure on par with 'The Dark Knight,' comes at a cost. The drama is slight compared to 'Rogue Nation' or even the melodramatic 'Mission: Impossible 2,' and the non-stop action only offers so much time for contemplation, subtext or story."