Tom Cruise Performs Death Defying Stunts In This Action Thriller On Top Of Streaming

Tom Cruise stars in Mission Impossible: Fallout, one of the top movies on Paramount+.

By Chris Snellgrove | Published

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Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Fallout

Last year, Tom Cruise helped bring the magic back to the theater experience with Top Gun: Maverick, a movie best experienced on the biggest screen you can watch it on. Fans left wanting more of this actor’s often death-defying acting have since been returning to his other amazing franchises, especially Mission: Impossible. According to Flix Patrol, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is in the top 10 for films streamed on Paramount+, where you can learn what the hype is about with the click of a button. 

The Mission: Impossible movies stopped using numbers in their titles several films back, so for those keeping score at home, Fallout is the sixth entry in this long-running franchise. While it has many twists and surprises to help keep fans on their toes, this movie also features the return of some very familiar franchise faces. In addition to Tom Cruise, this sequel also features returning stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson.

As great as everyone is in this film, the most electrifying thing about Fallout is the introduction of Henry Cavill as an antagonist for Tom Cruise. In scene after scene, Cavill seems driven to keep up with the manic pace of Cruise, an actor who insists that every sequel and set piece be more ambitious than the one before. Ironically, their onscreen clashes are instantly more iconic and engaging than, say, watching Cavill and Affleck have a prolonged battle in Batman v. Superman.

What, though, is Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt up to in Mission: Impossible – Fallout? The plot involves this superspy taking on a terrorist organization that is hellbent on gathering plutonium in order to power nuclear bombs for very nefarious purposes. When things go sideways with the early mission, though, Hunt must reluctantly team up with Cavill’s August Walker, a CIA agent that has more than a few secrets of his own.

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Henry Cavill in Mission Impossible: Fallout

From the very beginning, this Tom Cruise action thriller franchise has featured exotic locations from around the world (like James Bond, Ethan Hunt is a spy whose adventures frequently take him all over the globe). And Fallout is no exception: the movie was filmed in France, England, Norway, New Zealand, and other countries around the planet. The result is a cinematic tour of the world that is worth the price of admission, even if you’re not already a fan of the franchise.

Even compared to other movies in this franchise, though, Fallout had some wild behind-the-scenes stories, including the fact that Tom Cruise broke his ankle and required nine weeks to heal. This led to a staggering $80 million in additional costs that insurance took care of, but that’s not even the craziest story behind the making of the film. For example, this is the movie Henry Cavill grew a mustache for, and Paramount’s refusal to let him shave the ‘stache for Justice League reshoots led to Warner Bros. digitally removing it (just one more thing that made that superhero film’s theatrical release look so bad). 

Fortunately, Mission: Impossible – Fallout was about as far from a disaster as it could be. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a staggering 97 percent from critics and 88 percent from audiences. From the biggest film snobs down to the audiences that want a fun action picture, this Tom Cruise movie managed to deliver, and it went on to win a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Action Movie.

Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames in Mission Impossible: Fallout

As you might imagine, this also translated to major success at the box office as well. The movie was made on a relatively modest budget of $178 million and went on to earn $791.1 million worldwide. Fallout instantly became the most successful film in this long-running Tom Cruise franchise, and Paramount likely has high hopes for the upcoming release of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 when it releases on July 12, 2023.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the franchise or you’ve never even seen Tom Cruise tear off a weird mask after impersonating a bad guy, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a film that’s worth watching. It has electric action, exotic locales, and death-defying stunts. Ultimately, it’s the kind of movie we’d return to theaters to watch in a heartbeat, but your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to go stream this film from the comfort of your home.