Why is Mission: Impossible — Fallout a breath of fresh air in 2018? Because it's colorful, bold, and thrilling, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Hollywood has churned out enough "dark" and "gritty" action thrillers to last us three lifetimes. People go to the movies to escape their reality, not run headlong into it.
Starring Tom Cruise as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible Fallout, which drops on Friday, July 27, is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Supporting characters Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) return as Ethan's associates. Also returning are Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) from Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which can only mean one thing: the villainous global "Syndicate" is at it again.
Nothing epitomizes the franchise's signature escapism more than its missions. The setup for these setpieces never varies. The Secretary of the Impossible Missions Force gives Ethan Hunt and his team a dangerous mission with long odds. The film typically spends a good five minutes explaining why the mission is "impossible." And then, Ethan's team attempts it, and they must improvise when things inevitably go wrong.
Here is every mission from the Mission: Impossible film franchise, ranked from worst to best.