Mission: Impossible Fallout is the sixth Mission Impossible movie and the series may be suffering from a little fatigue. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt and he runs, jumps, and shoots as usual. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are back as well. They are part of the team or more or less comic relief. Also, there is a British intelligence agent played by Rebecca Furguson and Alec Baldwin and Angela Basset are back as pretty much bosses that yell at everyone.
Henry Cavill is new, he plays a CIA assassin, and if you think they are grooming him to take over the series, you can forget that. The movie was a good movie for a summer blockbuster. There were chase scenes, fight scenes, over the top stunts and some comedy, everything you need for a summer blockbuster. At a certain point, they recycle the villain from another Mission Impossible movie, and I couldn’t tell you who that is. That I believe is the problem with this franchise and the Bourne franchise, no memorable villains.
Mission: Impossible and Forgettable Characters
Of course, the die-hard fan will know every character and all their backstory, but guess what most people don’t. Pop quiz, without looking anything up name two or three villains from the Mission: Impossible series or the Bourne franchise? I watch a lot of movies and the only one I can think of is Phillip Seymour Hoffman but I don’t know the characters name. Now, look at James Bond, most people can name Odd Job, Jaws, Dr. No or even Blofeld.
At 56, you have to believe there are not many of these movies left for Tom Cruise. So passing the torch to a younger actor would have made sense but I guess not. Fallout is a fun movie, go see it, enjoy the big stunts, even though some are very cheesy and hard to believe anyone walked away from them. The problem will be, next week you will not remember half the characters or their motivation. To be a long-running franchise like this, you should have more iconic type characters. Well, there is Ethan Hunt, that character maybe by design, is the only memorable one.