Henry Cavill as August Walker, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible: Fallout. Picture: Paramount Pictures

The sixth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise brings death-defying stunts, spectacular cinematography and Tom Cruise at his best. 

Rating: 4/5

Mission Impossible: Fallout finds Ethan Hawke (Tom Cruise) and his team race against time after a mission went awry to stop a global catastrophe from happening. 

I must admit, it’s been a while since I watched one of the Mission Impossible movies and, while everyone has told me they are good, I, however, never got around to watching the new incarnations of the film franchise. 

Luckily these films, for the most part, are standalone movies, so going in blind won’t leave you wondering what’s going on. 

Cruise in these films has damn near perfected his portrayal of our protagonist. Which makes sense, since he’s been playing Hawke for 10-plus years. It’s the spectacular cinematography, though, that makes the Mission Impossible movies special and a must-see at the cinema, with director Christopher McQuarrie giving both beautiful scenic scenes, as well as heart-racing action sequences. 

What really put these films over the edge with regards to immersiveness is the fact that Cruise does a lot of his own stunts. 

This gives the director the ability to give the audience shots that otherwise would not be able to if he had heavily relied upon a stunt double. 

The supporting cast also brings their A-game with Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames perfectly complementing Cruise’s performance. 

The only weak link in the chain is Henry Cavill. Having mostly only seen him in the DCEU as Superman/Clark Kent, I gave Cavill the benefit of the doubt because the current state of things over there at the Warner Bros-owned comic book franchise is a hot mess. 

Also in the Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League scripts, they hadn’t given him much to work with in terms of character. However, in Mission Impossible, Cavill has the emotional range of a wax figure. His face barely changes and he gives no clear differentiation between anger, sadness and glee. 

Cavill truly is a pretty face with very little range and he didn’t even take off his shirt. What’s the point of having that beautiful specimen of a man in a film, without showing him half naked? This, luckily, is the only negative in the film. 

The rest is one fun ride at the cinema. It’s even better watching it at IMax, which really showcases the spectacular way in which this movie was a filmed. If there is an action movie to watch right now, then this is it.