Tom Cruise is back with a new addition to the Mission: Impossible franchise, reminding us that the circumstances may be impossible, but never for him.
by Emily Mary Chin, Carrybeans
Ethan Hunt returns for the sixth iteration of this beloved action franchise, together with his trusty sidekicks, Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg).
This time, they team up with CIA agent, August Walker, played by our newest and most compelling Superman, Henry Cavill. Walker fails to do much in the first few scenes. He seems to have very little to contribute to the team besides making Tom Cruise look good.
But that may have been a decoy to a much larger plan, as you will see and as I refuse to spoil for you guys.
From the opening dream sequence, we know that Ethan’s moral compass is still alive and well. He still feels guilt over the hardship he brought onto his ex-wife. He still fills himself with paranoia over her safety despite not knowing what she’s doing or where she is.
This is a theme that carries on throughout the film: the secret agent dilemma. It’s a tale as old as time—albeit with much higher stakes—of having to choose between career and personal relationships. With the secret agent dilemma in place, however, either choice spells danger for Ethan’s loved ones.
We, then, quickly move into the purpose of the whole film. Which is the so-called impossible mission that Ethan is now faced with, should he choose to accept it. Though, at this point, we know he always will.
In this instance, the mission tasks him with intercepting the sale of three plutonium cores. Failure to complete this mission could mean complete global pandemonium, as its buyers intend to use them to blow up three key religious centrepoints: the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca.
But of course, as always is the case in the Mission: Impossible universe, Tom Cruise saves the day. But the draw of the movie is not in the ending, after all. We know he will always overcome the impossible. It’s about the larger-than-life set pieces, the real-to-the-eye stunt setups, and the continuous beating heart of its protagonist.
And as long as Mission: Impossible retains those three things, we will always come back for more.
Rating – 8/10
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