4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Does what it says on the tin.

What is it with action flicks opening with dramatic aeroplane scenes these days? There was The Dark Knight Rises, then The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and now again in MI:5 – come up with some new ideas please, writers of Hollywood!

This installment sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) along with his IMF teammate hackers Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and boss (Jeremy Renner) try to conquer the rogue organization called ‘The Syndicate’. To track down The Syndicate, Ethan must pursue the mysterious Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) – but whose side is she really on?

As you would expect, the film is set in your typical spy-esque destinations; including Minsk, Vienna, Washington, Morocco, Paris and London. As usual, Tom Cruise carries off his stunt-work with ease. And like the previous films, it is fun and enjoyable to watch. My only real complaint is that it has become a little too generic now, in comparison with the original movie. Apart from the standard bunch of actors, you could just as easily be watching one of the Bourne or 007 films. They have also added a hint of comedy to the mix, which doesn’t feel very true to the franchise – although this no doubt makes it more easily accessible to mainstream audiences.

Good news for fans, though: Tom Cruise has already stated that Mission Impossible 6 will probably start shooting next summer! It looks as if Karl Pilkington’s film idea featuring Mission Impossible 7 and 8 might just come true, although the timing is a bit off (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch this).

MI:5 premieres in Sweden on July 31.

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