Mission: Impossible - Fallout is now officially Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The action franchise is one of the few Hollywood properties that gets better with age. 2000's Mission: Impossible II is almost universally considered to be the worst of the series, and since then it's been on the rise. The two most recent installments, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation are the top two in terms of critical acclaim and box office earnings.
With the franchise as strong as it's ever been, there has been much excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Fallout. Fortunately for fans, it looks like there's a lot more to the movie than Tom Cruise doing crazy stunts. Following early press screenings, initial reviews pointed to Fallout not just being the best Mission yet, but one of the greatest action movies in recent memory. A few days out from its theatrical premiere (as of this writing), the overall consensus certainly indicates that's the case.
Today, Rotten Tomatoes updated their page for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, giving it the Certified Fresh seal of approval. With this development, the sequel is the third consecutive M:I movie to have that ranking. Currently, 81 reviews have been counted, and 78 of them are positive. Read the critics consensus in the space below:
Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.
The M:I films have always been a good deal of fun (even John Woo's foray into the franchise has entertainment value), but Fallout appears to be a step above its predecessors. Some have compared it to landmark offerings like The Dark Knight and Skyfall, suggesting there's a fair amount of ambition behind the main narrative, and not just the jaw-dropping set pieces. All in all, Fallout should pay off handsomely for Paramount, as it's projected to score the biggest opening weekend in the franchise's 22-year history. After everything surrounding the film (Henry Cavill's mustache controversy, Cruise's injury that delayed filming), it's nice to see it was worth it. Audiences should have a blast seeing Fallout in theaters.
Since Fallout is generating this kind of response, it's worth wondering if a seventh film is in the cards. Simon Pegg knows things aren't slowing down anytime soon, so the series could very well continue. That being said, Cruise is pushing 60 now (as difficult as that is to believe), and he won't be able to hang off the side of an airplane or skydive forever. Perhaps once he finishes some of his other commitments (like Top Gun: Maverick), he can get the IMF back together for a glorious sendoff. Maybe even Dwayne Johnson will come along for the ride.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) release date: Jul 27, 2018