- This film continues to bring the ensemble of the franchise to new heights. Tom Cruise continues to bring depth to his character “Ethan Hunt”, as his character is brought to new places emotionally here. Sean Harris returns as the first reoccurring villain in the franchise, “Solomon Lane”, and he brings once again a great performance. Harris’ growl brings so much to the character as he finds his way back into Ethan Hunt’s life. Henry Cavill brings some of the best work of his career and becomes the physical epitome of a hammer for the CIA. While Ving Rhames gets some very emotional moments for the first time in the franchise and executes them very well. Also the other supporting cast of Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson both continue to elevate the material they’re given.
- The direction by Christopher McQuarrie might be a new franchise best, as McQuarrie brings near constant visceral action to screen. To be frank McQuarrie brings not only the best film of the franchise, but one of the best action films of recent years. His meticulous set pieces seem to be constantly flowing and almost hitting you harder every time a new one comes. First off the bathroom fight scene is one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever seen. It brings such brutality and intensity that it has you flinching at a few moments. While a helicopter chase scene later on in the film is one of the most white-knuckled scenes of recent memory.
- Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay once again has its twists and turns. But the more standout part of the film, is the character depth he brings to multiple characters. I can’t give away much when it comes to that element of the film, because it gets a little spoilery, but those moments along with the action bring an interesting meld.
- The cinematography by Rob Hardy continues to bring the visuals of this franchise to new peaks. Hardy’s use of lens flares early on in the film, really put us inside the mind of Ethan Hunt as he seems to be going in blind in certain situations, while we as an audience are somewhat blinded by the light right in front of us.
- The editing by Eddie Hamilton brings the mania of certain moments in the film to life so well, and combining his work with the fantastic sound design by the sound department, both bring a whole new kind of visceral intensity.
- This film contains a similar plot element involving nuclear weapons that we’ve seen throughout the franchise and is becoming a little wore down.