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Action, Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible 6: Fallout (2018)

Duration2h 27m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Sweden: 15 
Source of storyThe theme developed frm the TV series by Bruce Geller. It follows on from the previous MI film.
DirectorChristopher McQuarrie
Writers/ScriptChristopher McQuarrie
StarringTom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, 
RatingsIMDb: 7.7/10 by 316,358 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 97% by 437 reviewers. Revew2view: 7.7/10.

Elevator Pitch: I’m taking a deep breath! Ethan Hunt and the MI team are given the task of recovering three plutonium cores which are for sale on the black market, but in an altercation fail to do so. Hence they are forced to negotiate with  “The White Widow”. Meanwhile the CIA Director places an operative, August Walker, with Hunt’s team as they capture Solomon Lane who they may swap for the cores. The villains are headed by a mystery man, John Lark and Hunt is accused of being him, requiring him to escape from the police. Walker is tricked into revealing that he is in fact Lark and is pursued by the MI guys to Kashmir, where two atomic bombs are located as well as Hunt’s former lover, Julia. Can they save the world again?

Content: No sex or nudity or drug taking, or drinking I don’t think. Just a load of set pieces with exposition in between. Walker and Hunt sky dive onto the roof of a vast glass building in Paris where a rave is taking place. There are fights in a very white toilet and in a venue administered by the White Widow. There is a prolonged chase in vehicles and on motor bikes, also involving MI6 agent Ilsa Faust. Hunt runs across London at high speed chasing Walker, venues include the inside and the outside of St Pauls. In Kashmir there is a climatic helicopter chase.

A View:  I don’t claim to have described the plot in the right order, but you know how it goes, with Tom Cruise doing more and more extreme stunts to impress the cinema going public. For me they all went on far too long and too closely reflect the sort of tasks given to video game players. But I suppose that’s how they’ve got to be if the missions really are impossible. They also relied quite a bit on the rubber face trick, much used in MI films. The plot is obscure, but there’s no denying it, the set pieces are impressive, so a watch if you like action films.Mission Impossible are maybe the ultimate action films but there are others. Here are a few in the same style Bond 17: Goldeneye, which features the ultimate car chase. Jack Ryan 5: Shadow Recruit, The Man from Uncle .   

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