Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

The sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible movie franchise sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and crew (Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg) once again facing a world-threatening situation. This time, however, the CIA have sent in a ‘minder’, in the form of a mustachioed Henry Cavill (this being the reason behind the truly awful de-facial hair CGI in Justice League), who has instructions to terminate Hunt should he turn rogue. Which seems highly sensible if you’ve seen any of the previous movies.

I do enjoy the grand spectacle of these movies, and you could never suggest they’re anything less than well-made and sufficiently budgeted for some spectacular action sequences.

However… something about this just didn’t click in quite the same way as the previous installments. I’m not quite sure what it was – almost, perhaps, the little hints of seriousness overwhelming some of the daft fun I was after? I also found it all over-long – 2½ hours, really? – most of which wasn’t necessary for the plot, slight and nothing too novel as that was.

That said, I still enjoyed the whole thing ‘enough’. You can’t fault the effort and work that goes into making these, and it’s doing its best to have a bit of heart and not just be a mindless action movie.

Released: 25th July 2018
Viewed: 31st July 2018
Running time: 147 minutes
Rated: 12A

My rating: 7/10

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