Ev­er­green ac­tion hero Cruise re­turns in lat­est ‘Mis­sion’

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Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble: Fall­out, with Tom Cruise, Henry Cav­ill, Ving Rhames, Si­mon Pegg, Re­becca Ferguson and Alec Bald­win. Di­rected by Christo­pher McQuar­rie. 4.5/5

IF you’re not a zeal­ous fan, keep­ing track of the

movies can be dif­fi­cult.

Es­pe­cially the most re­cent two movies be­fore this one,

and , kind of blend into each other in mem­ory, but you know they are ba­si­cally about a tightly-knit team of se­cret agents sav­ing the world.

One con­stant is that Tom Cruise never seems to age, and he’s al­ways run­ning. A standard fea­ture of all his ac­tion films is that he spends a lot of the time sprint­ing.

In there’s a high-drama park­our pur­suit with Cruise’s char­ac­ter, Ethan Hunt, run­ning and jump­ing over rooftops in Lon­don.

It’s also re­as­sur­ing see­ing the re-ap­pear­ance of team mem­bers Luther Stick­well (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Si­mon Pegg).

An­other re­turn­ing face is vil­lain Solomon Lane (Sean Har­ris). Two years af­ter Hunt cap­tured Lane, the re­main­ing mem­bers of his or­gan­i­sa­tion The Syndicate have re­formed into a ter­ror­ist group called The Apos­tles.

Hunt’s mis­sion is to in­ter­cept the sale of three plu­to­nium cores to the group, who are ac­quir­ing them for mys­te­ri­ous crim­i­nal called John Lark.

The mis­sion goes wrong, and Hunt chooses to save Luther’s life over se­cur­ing the plu­to­nium.

The worst out­come is ex­pected, as Lark has al­ready shown his will­ing­ness to use weapons of mass de­struc­tion by un­leash­ing a small­pox plague in Kash­mir.

At this point the CIA steps in and Hunt is forced to work with CIA as­sas­sin Au­gust Walker (Henry Cav­ill mov­ing away from heroic type­cast­ing) in an­other at­tempt to re­trieve the plu­to­nium.

It’s an awk­ward team-up, and the im­petu­ous Walker soon gets Hunt into trou­ble. Their mis­sion is to in­fil­trate a fundraiser party in Paris, find John Lark and take his place be­fore he does a deal with the arms dealer known as the White Widow (Vanessa Kirby).

One of the best ac­tion scenes – in a movie filled with ac­tion – is the fight be­tween Hunt, Walker and Lark (or who we first be­lieve to be Lark) in the men’s bath­room at the Grand Palais. Lark is get­ting the bet­ter of them un­til the sur­prise ap­pear­ance of MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Re­becca Ferguson), an­other face from pre­vi­ous MI films.

With his gad­getry needed to im­per­son­ate Lark dam­aged, Hunt does it on the fly, mak­ing a deal with the White Widow that ne­ces­si­tates free­ing his old foe Lane from an ar­moured con­voy in Paris.

One of the best el­e­ments since the first movie is the sub­terfuge and not know­ing who to trust, and Hunt him­self is im­pli­cated as a mas­ter ma­nip­u­la­tor as the ac­tion moves to Lon­don and then a fi­nal show­down in Kash­mir.

CRUISE AND THE CREW: The Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble team re­turns in ‘Fall­out’, now show­ing at Rose­hill Cin­ema. They are, from left, Benji Dunn (Si­mon Pegg), Ilsa Faust (Re­becca Ferguson), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and Luther Stick­well (Ving Rhames)

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