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Movie review by David Blackwell

147 minutes, Rated PG-13
STUDIO: Paramount Pictures/ Skydance Productions/ Bad Robot
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 7-27-2018
Tom Cruise is back again as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, the direct sequel to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION in one of the best and maybe even the best entry in the six film MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series which manages to weave and respect elements from the various movies. If the series ended on this entry, it is a fine way to go out for the series, but this entry will probably make as much money as previous installments (or maybe even more) and Paramount will be thinking of a seventh movie in the Tom Cruise led series where Tom does all of his own stunts (he broke his ankle in a jump, and the accident and aftermath are even left in the final cut).

Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is haunted by nightmares resulting from his long career and the capture of Solomon Lane two years ago. Lane was the leader of the criminal organization called the Syndicate. As the Syndicate was taken down, many members of that organization formed a new outfit called the Apostles. A botched operation to retrieve stolen plutonium results in Hunt being paired with a brutal CIA agent Walker (Henry Cavill) and Hunt works to recover it before it is sold to the Apostles. He finds out the price is break out Solomon Lane and Hunt is soon put under the frame again. Hunt is out there on the edge again with help from his friends/ co-workers Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg).

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- FALLOUT is a variation of the same plots used in the previous five installments. Christopher McQuarrie returns to write and direct this sequel after delivering the fantastic ROGUE NATION. Many characters from the previous film do return where Jeremy Renner is absent due to other film commitments like breaking his arms in TAG and AVENGERS 4. Various locations enhance the action sequences whether it is Paris, the United Kingdom, and Norway and New Zealand standing in for other locations. The cast interact fantastically as some things go wrong like the face mask machine malfunctioning in one scene. I love seeing Rebecca Ferguson back as disavowed MI-6 Agent Ilsa Faust and her chemistry shines with Cruise's Hunt. It examines the cost all of these missions are having on Ethan hUnt and his relationships. I enjoyed this solid entry in the series as the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series continues to improve where the last three movies are better than the first three movies. If you’re a fan of the movie series or action movies or even the original MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE TV series, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT is a great movie to see in theaters and rewatch on physical media like DVD, blu-ray, or 4K UHD.

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