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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018) – My rating 8.5/10

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie, after Rogue Nation (2015), making him the first person to direct more than one film in the franchise.  Since there have been 5 Mission: Impossible films, I couldn’t wait to see if the 6th sequel could possibly be any good.  Surprise, surprise, many critics hailed it as the best installment in the series, with some considering it one of the greatest action films of all time.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout starts two years after the capture of Solomon Lane, an anarchist mastermind who was the leader of “The Syndicate” during Rogue Nation.  The remains of Lane’s organization “The Syndicate” have reformed into a terrorist group known as “The Apostles”.  While in Belfast, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is given a mission to intercept three stolen plutonium cores before the Apostles can sell them to a fundamentalist named John Lark. He joins Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) for the mission, but they fail when Ethan chooses to save Luther’s life and the plutonium is taken by the Apostles in Berlin. The team capture and interrogate nuclear weapons expert Nils Debruuk (Kristoffer Joner) and learn that he built three portable nuclear weapons for the Apostles.

CIA Director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) instructs Special Activities Division operative August Walker (Henry Cavill) to shadow/monitor Ethan and his team as they attempt to retrieve the plutonium, after their failed mission in Berlin. Together, Ethan and Walker infiltrate a fundraiser party in Paris where Lark is believed to be buying the cores from an arms dealer known as The White Widow (Vanessa Kirby). They track a man whom they suspect to be Lark but he is killed when Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) intervenes. Ethan impersonates Lark and meets the White Widow. He warns her that agents of the Apostles have been sent to kill her and the two evade their pursuers. .

This basically describes the introduction into “The Fallout”.  The plot thickens and gets much more intense from this point.  The action is exciting and some of the stunts are unbelievable.  This movie is brilliantly acted and executed.  From Ethan to the White Widow to Alan Hunley’s surprise involvement, you will enjoy every minute of this mission, which seems to really be impossible.  There is so much more to see and so much more to enjoy.  Tom Cruise is proving, age is just a number, for some!  Check it out, you won’t be sorry.


JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK (2016) – My rating 8/10

jackreachernevergobackI couldn’t help but notice Tom Cruise is finally showing signs of an aging actor. Not that it matters much, except it’s a little hard to accept him as a hard core, “bad ass” military fighting machine at this stag of his life. He seems to have gained considerable weight or maybe it just looked that way next to the fabulous, very much in shape body of his co-star who is certainly lean and trim eye candy to most guys and probably some females. Anyway, if you saw the first Jack Reacher movie, you pretty much know how he operates. No change there. In this follow up, “Never Go Back”, Jack returns to his old military base for a date with Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) but finds she has been arrested for espionage instead. Jack immediately gets involved only to find a cover up, murder, assassins and illegal trade deals to sink his teeth into, not to mention a potential 15 year-old daughter, Samantha Dayton, (Danika Yarosh) as who may or may not belong to him.

“Never Go Back” wasn’t a bad movie, it was just predictable. I found the movie to be a little slow at times but still an exciting thriller with a good cast. Jack Reacher certainly didn’t hold back on it’s share of violence, car chases, (for which Tom performed all of his own driving stunts) mystery, crooked military plots and ego flaunting. However, it wouldn’t be a terrible thing if you wait for the DVD release. There are lots of better movies out at the moment.


EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014) – My rating: 8/10

EdgeOfTomorrowI’m impressed.  Tom Cruise still has it.  Edge of Tomorrow was pretty good.  My initial feelings about this movie was it’s gonna suck, but it didn’t.  The special effects were awesome and the story line was excellent.  It starts out with Tom Cruise as Major Cage, an officer in the Army who promotes equipment to the higher ups.  While meeting with a General, Major Cage gets assigned into combat which he is unable to accept.  After trying everything to change his orders, Major Cage finds himself in the very situation he has always avoided by having a position that he thought would keep him safe and out of harms way.  He now has to fight an alien race which he is ill equip to handle.  Additionally, unknown to all but 2 people, the major finds himself in a time loop caused by the alien.  Together with a Special Forces Warrior (Rita) played by Emily Blunt, he gets the training he needs and because of the time loop, he also gets the experience needed to defeat this alien race.  I think this story was brilliantly written and well acted.  Edge of Tomorrow is definitely worth seeing on the big scene.