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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

147 minutes | rated PG-13

    Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible- Fallout.  Most of his IMF team members from 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation return as well in what is, more or less, a more intense follow-up to that film.

         It seems that since the capture of Solomon Lane, played by Sean Harris, the founder of the Syndicate, a sort of anti-IMF group, at the end of the last movie, some of his followers calling themselves the apostles have come into possession of some plutonium and intend to detonate nuclear devices in Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem to bring about peace. Hunt has a dream were Lane threatens the life of his wife from M:I 3, Julia, played by Michelle Monaghan.  Ethan and Julia decided to break up for her safety.  Secretary Hunley, a returning Alec Baldwin sends Ethan and his team of Luther, played by Ving Rhames, Benji, portrayed by Simon Pegg, and Brandt, played by Jeremy Renner to infiltrate a meeting between the mysterious John Lark and the White Widow. Lark intends to purchase the plutonium from the White Widow using diamonds (the only currency she’ll accept). A high ranking CIA officer, played by Angela Bassett, discovers their operation and, based on their recent questionable activities, insists that her agent August Walker, played by the most recent Superman Henry Cavill, is on the mission as well. Also along for the ride is the returning Ilsa Faust, portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson.

       What follows is nearly two and a half hours of action and plot twists which should please any fan of action movies. It has one of the best car chase sequences that I’ve seen in years. All of the stunt-work is excellent, Cruise actually broke his ankle filming a jump from one rooftop to another.

    Simon Pegg adds in much of the comic relief with Renner, Cavill, Rhames, and Cruise all chipping in some humorous bits as well. If you’ve enjoyed any of Cruise’s previous Mission: Impossible films there is no reason you would not enjoy this. The biggest weakness of this film is that if one hasn’t seen Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, one might be a little lost as to what is going on.

         Mission: Impossible- Fallout is rated PG-13 for intense action sequences, violence, and language. It should be fine for teens and up.  I rate it four out of five nuclear devices.