Run time: 147 mins
By now they should just rename it ‘Ridiculous Stunts in the Sky and other Fabulous Locations’, because this is essentially what the spy franchise has become. And all the better for it.
The stakes have been well and truly raised as the events from 2015’s Rogue Nation spill over into this, creatings double crosses galore. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is joined by his dedicated IMF team (Simon Pegg et al) as usual, but bringing back Rebecca Ferguson was the film’s smartest move. Henry Cavill and his giant arms are also brought into the fold as a shifty CIA agent.
22 years and 6 films in and Cruise hasn’t shown signs of fatigue. Doubling down on Hunt’s insanity since Ghost Protocol, the M:I series has traded in narrative cohesion for sheer thrills. And what thrills! As if running down the world’s tallest building, hanging off the side of an A440, or driving at full speed against oncoming traffic on a superbike (in a shirt no less) wasn’t enough to establish Cruise’s total – and completely mental – dedication? Fallout comes along and sticks him a helicopter, upside down over mountains in Norway. Your move 007. (Jack Whiting)