Film Screening 7th September, 2018

Poster for Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout 

7:30 PM, 7th September, 2018
No Guests

  • M
  • 147 mins
  • 2018

The M:I films have so far been standalone affairs, with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) typically being assigned some clandestine mission, hand-picking a team of expert spies, and chasing down bad guys and MacGuffins like there’s no tomorrow. Introducing continuity to the series, the sixth entry is rather a sequel to the fifth, with director Christopher McQuarrie, Hunt’s ally Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), and baddie Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) all returning.

Cue explosions, car chases, moral dilemmas and eye-popping stunts – all solid evidence that Cruise is still at the top of his game. This time, when a mission goes awry and Lane escapes from captivity, Hunt must go rogue to prevent global catastrophe.

Fortunately, Ving Rhames – the only actor other than Cruise to appear in every previous entry in the franchise – returns once again as Luther Stickell. Perhaps we can look forward to a future reboot of the series, retelling each story from Stickell’s point of view, perennially irritated by Hunt and having to rescue him from a never-ending sequence of scrapes and tricky situations. By my count, Stickell has saved Hunt’s life no fewer than five times already, making Rhames the unsung hero of this franchise.

Stephen Mann