Tom Cruise once again does the impossible.
The latest Mission: Impossible movie is “the sort of pure, straight-no-chaser pop fun that restores your faith in summer blockbusters,” said Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly. Unlike most other long-running franchises, this one “seems to just get better, twistier, and more deliriously fun with each installment.” Credit belongs in part to the series’ ageless star, Tom Cruise, who at 56 is still doing his own stunt work as superspy Ethan Hunt: Fallout features half a dozen action sequences as good as any in the five previous M:Is, including one chase in which Cruise broke his ankle leaping between rooftops. “Following the plot is, as always, optional,” said Sam Adams in Slate.com. Hunt is racing to recover missing plutonium before it falls into the hands of an anarchist who wants to bomb the world’s holy cities, and the film’s second act becomes “a knot of misdirections and double crosses.” Don’t let that worry you, said Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. Fallout is “a dream come true for action junkies.” If it’s the last Mission: Impossible movie, as has been rumored, “Cruise is going out in a blaze of glory.” ■