Watching a Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible film is kind of like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans. You know exactly what you are getting when doing so. This is not ground breaking stuff as most of these films follow a fairly predictable (without being boring) formula. All it aims to do is make a fun and thrilling spy film with plenty of gadgets, fast cars, sophisticated plans, evil bad guys, and new twists on stunts. A good couple of hours of watching as they will hold your attention without asking too much brain power of you.
The IMF has been shut down by the CIA and as such agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise – Top Gun, A Few Good Men) is in the wind. Ethan believes there is an organization called the Syndicate out there that is very covert and very dangerous. While he goes about trying to find out who they are and what they are up to, his former team members William Brandt (Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg – Shaun of the Dead, Paul) try to ward off CIA head honcho, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin – Concussion, Still Alice), who is on the hunt for Ethan.
Ethan, with the help of Benji, gets close to the Syndicate through a disavowed British agent named Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson – Hercules – 2014). Can Ethan trust her or is her allegiance to that shadowy figure (Sean Harris – Prometheus, Deliver Us From Evil) who seems to be at the head of the Syndicate? And can he stay ahead of being caught by Hunley. It seems like Ethan has his hands full with another impossible mission.
Once again this Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun) penned and directed Mission: Impossible film is filled from stern to bow with stunning action sequences. The film series never disappoints in that regard. Other than car chases and gun fights they rarely do things twice and manage to keep it fresh. A strong point of the Tom Cruise version of the spy film series is that they do stunts rather than use CGI whenever possible. It gives everything, despite the rather unbelievable nature of most of it, a look of realism.
The cast continues to be a strong point. Tom Cruise is not only physically capable of bringing Ethan Hunt to the screen, but he has the charisma to carry the film as well. Everyone seems totally aware of what is required of them and they bring it. Simon Pegg is the comedic factor, Ving Rhames is the muscle with brains, Rebecca Ferguson is the tough but beautiful female portion, and Sean Harris is the believable and required formidable baddie.
-Commentary by Tom Cruise and Director/Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie
-Lighting the Fuse
-Sand Theft Auto
-The Missions Continue
-Previews of 13 Hours, Terminator: Genesys, Mission: Impossible on Blu-ray