Tom Cruise is back in the Mission Impossible franchise as Ethan Hunt, the top secret agent who works in the shadows for the IMF to stop terrorists around the world. Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Jeremy Renner return to the best mission yet.
Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin add to the cast as a rogue British agent and a CIA spook with agenda's to either bring down or help Ethan in his impossible mission to topple a rogue nation of spies bent on molding the world to their satisfaction. Rebecca Ferguson is a great choice, probably the best female lead to set foot in the franchise, with acting chops and action stamina to keep up with Cruise. Alec Baldwin play's the typical CIA agent you hate but hope pulls through for the team in the end as the movie progresses.
Jeremy Renner's character seemed to be in the film as a buffer between Baldwin's CIA agent and Cruise's Ethan Hunt, always talking on the phone and trying to calm the waters between the two. Simon Pegg is the comic relief, but evolving into a better agent in this film and not so slap stick compared with the last mission outings. Ving Rhames is there mostly for moral support and as a franchise constant in the character of Luther, he's more pronounced in this film compared to the cameo in Ghost Protocol, but still more of a throw away character than the rest.
The action is top notch with a 52 year old Cruise still jumping off buildings and hanging onto planes; it looks as though the actor just won't age as he keeps coming back for more. It still amazes me that this actor still wants to do all of his stunts, whether it behind a wheel of a car or parachuting in for a landing.
If I had to rate this film out of 10 I'd say it sits firmly at an 8. Great action with a great storyline, some of the characters could have been thrown out for a tighter film but overall good. If Hollywood needs a diagram on how to make an exciting tent pole film, than this is the one to follow.