Quick Verdict: Mission: Overload
Mission: Impossible is back for the sixth instalment of the franchise. The actions of the previous film are about to come and bite Ethan Hunt on the ass, along with Henry Cavill.
I had heard a lot of positive things about this film beforehand, with people calling it the best mission yet, and the best action film of the year. I agree with the best action film of the year, but it’s not the best mission. For me it suffers from being thirty minutes too long. I feel some of the action sequences could have been cut back a bit and you wouldn’t have felt cheated. The Paris chase for instance, you think it’s over, and then off it goes again. I think they needed someone to say, ‘you know what? Less is sometimes okay.’
On the whole though, I really enjoyed it. The action is amazing, the plot is intertwining and the characters are interesting. Yes it can be a little bit predictable, Ethan is always going to be one step ahead, but that’s part of the fun.
It was good to have Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris back. Conflicting diaries meant no Jeremy Renner, but hopefully he’ll be back for the next instalment. Joining the foray this time is Vanessa Kirby as the White Widow, a nice addition to the cast who I think is meant to be the daughter of Max from the first Mission: Impossible. Also Angela Bassett as the CIA Director, but the best addition is Henry Cavill as Walker, the no-nonsense, questionable methods, CIA operative sent to shadow Hunt.
It’s a lot more memorable than Rogue Nation, but not the best mission. A great entry in the franchise, could have been a bit shorter. I don’t know whether not having a completed script at the beginning of filming had something to do with it.
So the final rankings of the Mission: Impossible franchise is as follows:
5. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
4. Mission: Impossible III
3. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
2. Mission: Impossible
1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 are coming in the next three years. Can either of them topple Ghost Protocol? We shall see.