I just saw "Mission Impossible 6: Fallout" because it was getting so much buzz. Number one film in the country, blah blah blah. I am not a huge fan of the franchise. Only had seen about two or three of them. Always thought the stunts were pretty cool and that Tom Cruise (despite what you think of him with Scientology, etc.) was pretty badass for doing a lot of the stunts himself. And over the years I've seen some pretty insane behind-the-scenes stuff of Cruise keeping it real with actual stunts with no greenscreens or CGI. And I became increasingly fascinated with his boldness and commitment to giving audiences an authentic experience, literally risking his life or, at the very least, his physical well-being, to deliver the goods. But when he did the stunt on the astronomically tall (tallest building on the planet, actually) Burj Khalifi in Dubai, it blew my mind. Cruise was either outright insane (some may argue that his Scientology beliefs support that theory), or he just has a HUGE set of b*lls.
I don't know which one is correct, but I do know that he and his team know how to make a blockbuster movie the right way. Screw all of these superhero flicks with their greenscreen, phony shenanigans and repeptitive, cluttered plotlines. MI6 is a thrilling, pulls-pounding adventure with non-stop action and jaw-dropping sequences, be it a regular fistfight or a perilous helicopter chase/battle. And Cruise, co-star Henry (Superman) Cavill, and some others in the cast up the ante and the "how did they do that?" factor by doing some, most, and maybe even all of their own stunts.
It doesn't matter if it's jumping out of a plane at 25,000 feet (read that again - 25,000 FEET!), driving a speeding motorcycle and weaving through on-coming traffic, doing some nifty stunt driving in a car, jumping from rooftop to rooftop (a stunt that gave Cruise a fairly significant ankle injury), or hanging from a rope dangling from a helicopter, climbing it maybe 30 feet (try that in gym class, fatty), and then piloting a helicopter through perilous ravines and valleys and past cliffs and over water, Cruise is game to do it. And the payoff is immense. As a moviegoer, you're literally nervous for the stars (even though you know they survived) as they risk their a$$es time after time after time.
Outside of the awesome action, the story is solid, the twists plausible and satisfying. I won't get into it too much so as to not have any spoilers, but I will just say that the central theme of the plotline - the "mission" that seems impossible - is for Cruise and his very likable team of the funny Simon Pegg and the steady Ving Rhames to recover a briefcase of plutonium that Cruise lost in a botched mission to steal it from terrorists.
The acting is solid all around. The characters well-defined and unpredictable. Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett are great in their roles as agency secretaries or directors. Cavill is a very apt on-your-side/not-on-your-side eventual full-out villain, Sean Harris is creepy in a brilliant way as the captured terrorist/chess piece lead villain Solomon Lane. Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa returns in a captivating way and also does some admirable stunt work as well, and there is a great turn from Vanessa Kirby as White Widow.
This is clearly a franchise that has more legs, but I don't know HOW Cruise and the filmmakers can top this latest installment. I highly recommend "Mission Impossible: Fallout". It's NOT a popcorn movie. Because once the action starts you could very well choke on your popcorn.
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