Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the sixth installment of the 'Mission: Impossible' series. Now, if I'm honest, I feel like the number one draw to these films anymore is for us to watch Mr. Cruise risk his life for the sake of entertaining his audience. No matter how you may feel about the man, that's something to be admired. However, this movie has seemingly built more around it than any other title in the series.
A group has formed from the ashes of The Syndicate known as The Apostles - The Syndicate being the terrorist organization lead by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) who was captured in the previous film. Ethan receives information about a deal to sell plutonium to several members of the Apostles.
The plan doesn't quite go accordingly, and Ethan is later sent to retrieve to plutonium cores. However, in order to make sure he doesn't "screw it up" again, he's accompanied by August Walker (Henry Cavill), who ends up being a whole different type of obstacle for Ethan to overcome. The rest of the usual team returns as well, including the likes of our favourites, Luthor (Ving Rhames), and Benji (Simon Pegg), plus a couple of pleasant surprises to where I don't really know if it would be a spoiler to mention their names or not. But I digress.
One relatively common complaint about the first 'Mission: Impossible' was that it was more about Ethan than the team, whereas the original show was always very much about the team. It seems that as these movies have progressed, since about 'M:I-2' (by far the worst of the series), the team has continually progressed with them. The focus is on the team now more than ever, and that's one of the common praises this one is currently getting from the masses. People are calling it "The best 'Mission: Impossible' yet", and in many ways, I'm actually very agreeable to that. For me, its between this and 'Ghost Protocol'.
Perhaps the best of either title, as I flip the coin between which one is actually my favourite, lies within the action. 'Rogue Nation' did fine with it as well, but it just didn't have the same edge-of-your-seat feeling. The camera flows nice and steadily throughout the movie as well, doing away with a lot of the shakey cam action. Tom really is giving it his all throughout this movie, and again, its something to be admired.
Anyway, if you like these movies at all, I highly recommend checking this one out. It was nice and intense as an action movie should be, puts the shakey cam in the back seat, and you just get what you pay for and then some. Again, it's currently between this and 'Ghost Protocol' for me, but check it out and see for yourself. Even if you just need a healthy dose of adrenaline, this is a good place to find it. Easily one of my favourite movies of the summer.