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John Gillispie: ‘Mission Impossible’ lives up to previous films

December 27, 2018

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Mission Impossible - Fallout,” which is rated PG-13 and available on DVD.

I remember being excited to see the first “Mission Impossible” movie when it came out more than 20 years ago. I think I even purchased the movie’s theme song on a cassette tape to play in my car. Yes, I am old.

“Mission Impossible - Fallout” is the latest installment in this movie franchise starring Tom Cruise and it offers the twists and turns that viewers can expect in addition to plenty of action.

Clocking in at close to two and a half hours, I felt that “Mission Impossible - Fallout” could have edited some earlier scenes to save some time, but I have to admit that the movie’s final 20 to 30 minutes were very compelling.

The role of Ethan Hunt of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) is a physically demanding one for Cruise. Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg return as Luther and Benji, who are members of Ethan’s team. During a mission, Ethan makes a choice to save one of his team members and loses radioactive material he is trying to retrieve. The material could be used to create three nuclear weapons.

Of course, Ethan is going to do everything in his power to get the radioactive material back, but there are plenty of obstacles in his way, including August Walker (Henry Cavill), who has been placed in Ethan’s team to keep an eye on him by Erika Sloane (Angela Bassett). “Mission Impossible - Fallout” offers a good role for Alec Baldwin as Ethan’s supervisor as well.

With the exciting ending to “Mission Impossible - Fallout,” I guess the film franchise could continue. By the way, I still enjoy the theme song, but it might take me a while to find that cassette tape from a couple of decades ago.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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