The smart money is always on Tom Cruise. This guy never phones in any performances and at 56 years old, he still delivers supersized entertainment by doing most all his stunts. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is 2½ hours of pure exhilaration from start to finish.
Seriously, this is Cruise/Ethan Hunt at his finest. Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly outdo his jaw-dropping action scenes from “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Ghost Protocol,” he does in “Fallout.”
There are numerous action sequences in the film, but some of the best are when Cruise (Ethan Hunt) tries to survive a helicopter chase/crash on a snowy mountain or skydives from a plane during a lightning storm. And that bathroom brawl must rank as the best ever on screen.
There’s a compelling story too among all the white-knuckle action. Credit that to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who not only cranks up the mayhem, but also adds a significant touch of humor to offset the drama. With Cruise in control, it all works to perfection.
We first see Hunt at a safe-house in Belfast. It’s here he receives the details of his mission that involves retrieving three plutonium cores that have been stolen by a terrorist group known as The Apostles which are part of The Syndicate.