Actors: Tom Cruise
When a franchise loses its numerical references we can start to get lost as to where we are in the extended plot arcs. Here, we find ourselves on yet another mission of the team. It’s a continuation of what went before and sets us up towards what will come as the agents near retirement and hand over to the new crew. The story was better than I had expected and hinted at players behind the scenes orchestrating global events like master chess players many steps ahead of the team. A good action movie with some intelligent twists which actually made it less just ‘mission impossible’ and more leaning towards a stronger spy franchise premise such as James Bond.
A sci-fi movie on the surface, yet underneath a human story of how love conquers all. This story is told well and its exposition throughout the movie is well done. There are some expansive uses of CG for the panoramic scenes, though this is more to paint the environment more completely. The movie can feel slow at times, but the overall structure unfolds like a many-petaled lotus and all the loose ends are tied up with a positive outcome. A warming film in a bleak landscape.