Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Swanner: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) loses some plutonium while trying to protect his team; now he has to get back the plutonium before the plot to kill a third of the world takes place. August Walker (Henry Cavill) is added to the team to make sure Hunt doesn’t screw up again. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) writes and directs for this franchise for the second time. He knows how to keep the story going, and keeps things light while still steering this serious plot.

The stunts in the film just keep getting more spectacular. It’s hard to believe the stunt industry has so few accidents. They are amazing. The last 15 minutes of the film had me focusing on breathing. I guess that makes the stunts in the film “breathtaking”. The regular cast is back with  Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, and Angela Bassett, adding Vanessa Kirby as the White Widow.

This franchise hasn’t disappointed and continues to get better. The stories are more complex, and as I said earlier, the stunts to save the world are getting more insane with each film. I’m not a big fan of Henry Cavill because he’s not a good actor, he’s just pretty. Here they gave him less to say and made him a thug. He’s a badass but he never takes off his shirt…lost opportunity. The film could also be 30 minutes shorter, I’m not saying the film was slow, but strictly as a box office builder. If the film was shorter they’d get an extra showing a day. This is definitely a film to see on a big screen.

Swanner: 3 ½ stars

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