The plot is pretty simple, but it’s not the stories we come to these movies for, it’s the knockout action sequences and off-the-wall insane stunts. Anyway, the antagonist from the last movie was Solomon Lane, the creator of a giant terrorist organization called The Syndicate. But they are still doing their slimy deeds, and have created three special bombs that, you guessed it, are entirely untraceable and can kill fractions of the Earth’s people. But for them to activate, they need these special balls of platinum. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) are trying to intercept them but it doesn’t work. This opens up, just like in the last two films, a wave of incredibility sent the IMF’s way, so the CIA brings in August Walker (Henry Cavill) to assist and keep track of the crew. And now once again Ethan Hunt has to get himself into calamities to avert a bigger one.
I’ve only seen the latest three Mission: Impossible’s, including this one, and the previous two I’ve changed my first grades. I originally gave Ghost Protocol an A, but it’s now an A+. I gave Rogue Nation an A but now I think it’s a B+. Now, does this outing have the best action sequences so far; action scenes so mystical and mind-racing that everything else this year is probably going to seem mediocre? Uh-huh. And like Ghost Protocol, maybe I’ll up my grade to an A+. Story wise, there were a few setbacks; a gunfight near the climax I didn’t quite understand, the character of Angela Bassett not as explained as I’d hoped, a helmet-reveal so predictable I kept expecting a big twist-up, an underdeveloped love interest and the noticeable and strange absence of Jeremy Renner. But when Hunt and Walker are fighting an assassin so slim yet strong he could kill me with one punch, one of the best motorcycle chases I’ve ever seen ever, with fake-out after fake-out of both sides getting the best of the other, with also the willingness to flesh out characters to the point of shocking audiences, those flaws are like moths on the beach.
There are extra story elements basiled in, such as the return of a protagonist from a previous instalment and what the part of this character is playing in all of this, the uncertainty of Walker’s character, and us trying to figure out what twist-up is going to come out of all of this, having our attention spiked up from the twists the last movies have brought. And yet we still end up fooled. The opening’s gunshots are some of the most frighteningly realistically hollering and destructive. And it ends up very nearly giving us a big tragedy. Some movies are just unafraid to make the audience shocked to the point of anger. And there’s not one, but two moments in the movie I don’t think is humanly possible to see coming. Also, Michelle Monaghan’s name is in the opening credits, and she played a character we haven’t heard much from, if anything, since 2006. And I was not only pleased with the direction they took, but they gave us a feeling of conclusion and fairness that didn’t glare us with as much pessimism as they could’ve. I was grateful for that.
And the ending fight...Whoa! Not only was I completely unsure how it would end (Avengers: Infinity War was fine with killing off some people, after all) but I’m never going to look at hooks the same way again. Like, wow!
Director Christopher McQuarrie gambled his way into this franchise, bringing satisfaction with Rogue Nation but here he has mastered the craft of action. There is another action movie that came this year I still like more, but is this the movie with the best action altogether? Well, is Tom Cruise immortal? I hope to see this movie in the theatres again. There’s a chance it’ll be happening tomorrow. If so, I can’t wait!