Two years after Solomon Lane’s capture the remains of his organization “the Syndicate” have reformed into a terrorist group named “the Apostles”. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is assigned to intercept three stolen plutonium cores in Berlin before the Apostles can sell them to fundamentalist John Lark. He joins Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) for the mission, but they fail when Luther is taken hostage and Ethan chooses to save his life, allowing the Apostles to take the plutonium. The team capture nuclear weapons expert Nils Debruuk and learn that he built three portable nuclear weapons for the Apostles. Now they have a more ambitious and complex task before them.
Furious at the IMF’s failure, CIA Director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) instructs Special Activities Division operative August Walker (Henry Cavill) to shadow Ethan as he attempts to retrieve the plutonium. Ethan and Walker infiltrate a party in Paris where Lark is believed to be buying the cores from an arms dealer known as White Widow (Vanessa Kirby). They track a man whom they suspect to be Lark but he is killed when Ilsa Faust intervenes just as he is about to kill Hunt. Ethan impersonates Lark and warns the White Widow that assassins are trying to kill her. Walker passes doctored evidence on to Sloane suggesting that Hunt has always been Lark and the man killed by Ilsa was a decoy.
When you are able to watch a movie over two hours long during one sitting, it is a compliment in itself. When you compare it to a James Bond series and finds it is definitely better, it is another very strong point. Add to that the fact that it is a sixth movie in a series and, in my humble opinion, the best one so far and you are facing a very positive review of an action flick starring Tom Cruise written by yours truly. Personally I hate Tom C. I am not a big fan of action movies. And yet…
In fact I found it the perfect time filler for the New Year’s Eve. My first argument: when it came to its length, it was almost a two-movies-in-one package. It was interesting, funny, and it featured some truly great, ingenious and scenic sequences like an epic battle of two helicopters over and between cliffs. Then I was entranced by locations. Paris, including Parisian underground Seine tunnels, really as good as catacombs. London streets and a church. Norway. Finally the narration. It was fast, sleek and entertaining. Coherent even. I couldn’t believe my own eyes
Last but not least: Tom Cruise managed to reinvent himself in his dotage which, in fact, isn’t dotage at all. He is still fit, he trains like a professional athlete, he co-finances his own movies… not bad for a 50+ guy, no matter what he believes in.
I am very positively impressed, it was a spectacular movie, very pleasant to watch. Way to go, Mr. Cruise, move over, James Bond!