Mission: Impossible – Fallout (4 stars)

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Jaw-dropping action and the daredevil antics of star Tom Cruise power this impressive addition to the franchise

Now on its sixth instalment, it would be easy for this Tom Cruise-driven franchise to simply spin its wheels. Forget that. Cruise's mission – and he does choose to accept it – is to deliver the summer's most jaw-dropping action film. If the Mission: Impossible star has always prided himself on wowing audiences with his stunt work, he goes above and beyond here: a daring parachute jump above Paris; riding a motorbike against dozens of cars around the Arc de Triomphe; flying a helicopter over treacherous canyons; and, of course, leaping across London's rooftops – an exploit that caused him to shatter his ankle during production.

Yet if that's all Fallout was, it would tire you quickly. The first film of the franchise to bring back a director, Christopher McQuarrie, it's also the first to really dip back into the earlier storylines, particularly from its predecessor – McQuarrie's 2015 effort, Rogue Nation. Cruise's spy Ethan Hunt is on the prowl for some stolen plutonium, an assignment that soon brings him back into contact with the now-incarcerated terrorist Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and fellow spy Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), both last seen in Rogue Nation. There's also a significant role for Michelle Monaghan's Julia, Hunt's one-time love from Mission: Impossible III.

With his old IMF colleagues Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) also back, Hunt is forced to team up with no-nonsense CIA enforcer August Walker (Henry Cavill, who matches Cruise blow for blow). McQuarrie barrels the film through Paris, London and finally Kashmir for some breathless entertainment. Even a fight in a nightclub gents turns into something that will leave your palms sweating. True, the plot ultimately comes down to some nifty bomb disposal – and that's hardly original – but Cruise and co make sure you've never quite seen it done like this before. A first-class summer blockbuster.

General release from Wed 25 Jul.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 27min
  • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Tom Cruise

Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is back for the franchise's sixth entry, and teams up with old IMF colleagues Luther (Rhames), Benji (Pegg), fellow spy Ilsa (Ferguson) and CIA enforcer August Walker (Cavill) to track down some stolen plutonium. Despite a few cliches, Cruise goes above and beyond with his stunt work in this…

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