Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout has been met with rave reviews from critics who say the franchise’s latest installment may just been the best one yet.
Fallout – landing in theaters on July 27 – has been described as a ‘stupefyingly awesome’ ‘save-the-world bonanza’ that will ‘put this summer’s other action-adventure blockbusters to shame’.
While the premise itself – which follows IMF agent Ethan Hunt – is said to be lacking, reviewers have said the film is a must-see thanks to the non-stop action sequences Cruise is famous for.
The leading man, 56, is joined by a strong cast including Henry Cavill, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett and Simon Pegg.
The best one yet? Critics are raving about Mission: Impossible – Fallout, in theaters July 27. Tom Cruise, 56, delivers another action-packed performance in the franchise’s sixth installment
Round six: Cruise returns as IMF agent Ethan Hunt along with a star-studded cast including Simon Pegg (left), Rebecca Ferguson (second from left) and Ving Rhames (right)
Stuntman: As with previous installments of the iconic Mission: Impossible franchise, Fallout is chock-full of thrilling action sequences
The Mission: Impossible franchise has been churning out blockbusters since since the first installment came out in 1996 – and Fallout will be no exception, according to reviews.
Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty raves: ‘Much like its ageless star, the Mission: Impossible series shows no signs of running out of either breath or gas (laughing or high-octane) six movies in.
‘As a professional tribe, we critics are supposed to hold our cards close to our vests. But I’d be lying if I didn’t cop to the fact that Fallout was the blockbuster I was most looking forward to this summer.
‘Now, after seeing it, I can say that I’m not even remotely disappointed. It delivers. More than that, it’s proof that this has become the rare franchise that seems to just get better, twistier, and more deliriously fun with each installment.’
Variety’s Peter Debruge had similar feelings, writing: ”Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ isn’t just another stunt-driven save-the-world bonanza. Of course, it is that, offering a whirlwind tour of Paris, London, and Kashmir this time around, but writer-director Christopher McQuarrie smartly ties this sixth installment back into what has come before. This time, it really is personal.’
The Los Angeles Times called Fallout: ‘The thriller version of comfort film.’
‘It’s something we can return to with complete confidence in what we’re getting into,’ Times critic Kenneth Turan wrote.
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In the field: The film follows Hunt as he’s chased by assassins and former allies and fights to prevent a terrorist attack
The film runs for an extensive two hours and 27 minutes as Hunt is chased by assassins and former allies, racing against the clock to prevent a terrorist organization from sparking a global catastrophe.
Despite its length and ‘indecipherable plot, though, critics agree that there’s plenty of action to keep the audience engaged.
‘This is a film that wants you to live in the moment, to enjoy what is on screen when it is there in front of you and not worry how it fits into a plot that can be confusing but clears up in time for the inevitably rousing conclusion,’ Turan wrote.
Germain Lussier of iO9 writes: ‘You’ll leave the theater delightfully exhausted after spending almost the entire length … frantically piecing together the plot, feeling your adrenaline pumping during the action scenes, and gripping the seat from constant tension.’
The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Fallout may be the last of the M:I franchise, with critic Todd McCarthy writing: ‘You get the feeling that Cruise and his frequent partner in crime McQuarrie made a pact to go for broke here.
‘It wouldn’t be a total surprise if Cruise decided to make this outing as Ethan Hunt his last. If he does, he’d certainly be signing off on a very good note.’
In the movie Hunt himself appears to give a nod to speculation about the M:I franchise coming to a close, declaring: ‘What’s done is done when we say it’s done.’
Dedication: Cruise suffered a broken ankle while filming a chase scene last August. Earlier this week he revealed that the injury had not yet fully healed
The film received some unexpected – and unintentional – hype when news broke that Cruise had broken his ankle while filming a chase scene last August.
‘I was chasing Henry [Cavill] and was meant to hit the side of the wall and pull myself over but the mistake was my foot hitting the wall,’ he said during an interview on The Graham Norton Show earlier this year.
‘I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take.
‘I said: “It’s broken. That’s a wrap. Take me to hospital” and then everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangements.’
Despite a two-month hiatus, the film is still hitting theaters on time.
City of Lights: The Fallout cast attends the movie’s Paris debut Thursday. Pictured: (l to r) Henry Cavill, Christopher McQuarrie, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby, Angella Bassett, Jim Gianopulos, Tom Cruise, Caspar Phillipson, Alix Benezech, Rebecca Ferguson Simon Pegg
Opening night: Cruise and his co-stars (left to right: Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Cruise and Simon Pegg above) appeared at the movie’s premiere in London on Friday
Along with its acting and production value, the film has been lauded for taking advantage of M:I’s long history by bringing back characters from previous films.
Among those returning characters are Hunt’s sidekick Luther, whose been played by Ving Rhames since the first movie, and wife Julia from the third film, played by Michelle Monaghan.
Rogue Nation secret agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and villain Soloman Lane (Sean Harris) also make a reappearance in the film.
Leading man: Cruise takes a photo with a fan at Fallout’s London premiere on Friday