After a failed assignment, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Missions Force must stop a nuclear disaster from occurring. Joining the group is CIA operative August Walker (Henry Cavill), tasked with making sure all goes well. But Hunt is being framed and it becomes a race against the clock to clear himself and prevent a catastrophic event.

Realistic edge-of-your-seat stunts and an intricate plot worthy of the classic television series make for another accomplished mission. Action superman Tom Cruise, doing
his own stunts at age 56 (born on the third of July), gives his all for this exciting production. Leaping tall buildings in a single bound, putting a helicopter through dangerous maneuvers, sky diving, scaling a rugged mountain and racing down crowded streets on a motorcycle are among his daring feats. It's all believable and the price of admission is justified. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie ("Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation") nicely connects this installment to the last movie in the series while driving it up a notch or two. As with the previous entries, the story is difficult to follow at times. But it's all about the chase and the scenery. Cinematographer Rob Hardy does a magnificent job of highlighting the star and locations (from London and Paris to Norway). Composer Lorne Balfe cleverly blends the iconic television theme into his thunderous score. The cast is terrific. Joining Mr. Cruise on the core team are Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames as tech expert Benji Dunn and explosives specialist Luther Stickell. Alec Baldwin returns as Alan Hunley, former CIA Director who is now the IMF Secretary. Rebecca Ferguson is back as Ilsa Faust, a past MI6 agent who has ties to the latest mission. Michelle Monaghan makes a brief appearance as Ethan's wife Julia. Sean Harris once again portrays the villainous Solomon Lane who was imprisoned at the end of Rogue Nation. The revenge-bent Lane is linked to the latest destructive plot and a mysterious criminal known as John Lark. Welcomed cast additions include Henry Cavill as an aggressive agent, Angela Bassett as the new CIA Director and Vanessa Kirby as lethal arms dealer White Widow. Will the team choose the mission? Will the tape self-destruct? The answers keep this solid adventure in a familiar comfort zone. "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" cruises at high velocity. (4/5 CAMS)

Rated PG-13 (for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language)
Running Time: 147 minutes

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