The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOBBIN

While do­ing his pro­mo­tional rounds for this pic­ture, Tom Cruise said he just wanted to give the au­di­ence its money’s worth – and does he ever this time. For any and all com­plaints about need­less se­quels, this sixth round is a se­ries-best, thanks to the know-how of Cruise and re­turn­ing writer-di­rec­tor Christo­pher McQuar­rie. The pic­ture not only of­fers a jaw­drop­ping se­ries of ac­tion se­quences, it does a deep dive into the per­son­hood of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, as those clos­est to him face threats of very bad things from an enemy. That al­ter­nately sways and doesn’t sway Hunt from his mis­sion to stop the theft of plu­to­nium, to be used on very specif­i­cally cho­sen tar­gets. Henry Cav­ill also stars as a CIA “fren­emy,” and back as well are Ving Rhames, Si­mon Pegg, Re­becca Fer­gu­son, Alec Baldwin and oth­ers, with great ad­di­tions in steely Angela Bas­sett and lethal Vanessa Kirby. How­ever, this mis­sion chiefly is owned by Cruise – and you’ll be very glad he chose to ac­cept it.

(PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

Re­becca Fer­gu­son and Tom Cruise

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