Release date: July 30, 2015 (United Kingdom)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Running time: 2h 11m
Film series: Mission: Impossible
Producers: Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, Bryan Burk
I’ve been a fan of the Mission: Impossible series of films for as long as I can remember and I always look forward to the perfect blend of action and humour, and this instalment was no different. As per usual, Tom Cruise was great as were all the other performances. The plot was fast-paced and interesting and as an audience member, you were constantly sat on the edge of your seat. The action sequences were all heart-stoppingly intense but there were also a few slower, more heart-felt moments to balance everything. And, obviously, this film was absolutely hilarious in every sense of the word. A great family-action film and a great shout if you need a bit of excitement back in your life.
With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt – played by Tom Cruise out in the cold, a new threat – called the Syndicate – soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust – played by Rebecca Ferguson – a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.
Ethan Hunt is one of the best action-film characters around because he’s determined and relentless and is basically good at everything. He can drive incredibly well, he can fight like a ninja, he can hold his breath for three minutes and he’s managed to take down every bad guy in the world without yet dying. My favourite character of this franchise, however, is Benji because he is hilarious and charming and supportive and a wonderful character to watch on screen. I also think Simon Pegg does a wonderful job of playing him. Brent is also a great character to watch because he is basically Ethan and Benji combined – and I might also be slightly in love with him, like every other Jeremy Renner character out there, right? Ilsa was a really interesting female character – and she was British! – but I would have liked her to be slightly more relatable and able to laugh at herself. The baddie in this film was rather scary because he had so much power and money and gun power and you know that he could lure you into a alley and gut you.
The Mission: Impossible films are just so fun to watch as well as being great spy capers and this is something that I think James Bond misses sometimes – the fun, comedy aspect. I also love watching the various missions that the team embark on because it helps me imagine that in an alternative life, I am head of MI6. The plot was very easy to follow and understand which I think is important in a spy thriller, and there were so many twists and turns and new pieces of information being learned that it was like riding a rollercoaster. I did think that the ending was slightly predictable, with Ethan taking down the bad guy (was that a spoiler? Really? Because when does that not happen?), but it was a very enjoyable and satisfying ending all the same.
Basically this was a great film in which I was sat on the edge of my seat throughout and was laughing constantly too – all the while falling in love with Jeremy Renner’s character. If you want a thrilling, enjoyable and funny film to watch then I would definitely recommend giving this one a go.