Now that I’m all caught up on the Mission: Impossible movies, I can watch the new one without worrying I missed something!
I also took my dad with me. He has only seen them here and there, but he liked this one a lot all the same. What did I think?
Well, once again, Ethan Hunt is scrambling to pull off a seemingly impossible mission with his usual crew of Luther and Benjy (Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, respectively). As always, there are suits in the government above his head who question his motives and methods, but this time around, with the standard incredibly high stakes, he’s got a watcher in the form of a CIA special agent named Walker (Henry Cavill’s infamous mustache). The CIA doesn’t operate the way the IMF does, but there’s some bad people out there and only so many ways to bring them in without getting a lot of people killed, especially when Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) is on the periphery of things, and that also means the return of Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), and, as always, Ethan runs, leaps, falls, and stays alive through a dangerous world.
In many ways, this one was the most sequel-like of the series, perhaps owing to be the first one to have a previous director return in the form of Rogue Nation‘s Christopher McQuarrie. Generally, you don’t really need to know much about any of the previous movies to enjoy a new one, and while that is still true with this one, it may help a little to have seen part five. That said, Ethan Hunt is still basically a good guy cipher, a character with no distinct personality beyond a need to save lives. That said, these are still tightly made action-adventures films with a spy thriller middle. Nine out of ten unexpected Scooby Mask reveals.