I’ll admit, my knowledge of the Mission: Impossible film series is a little patchy.

I love the first entry and have watched it countless times since it hit cinema screens in 1996. After this initial offering, things get blurry.

It’s been a while since I watched Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) – possibly since the movie came out on DVD. I saw Mission: Impossible III (2006) at the cinema, but I only vaguely remember it.

I’m not entirely sure I’ve watched Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – not all of it anyway. I know for sure that I’ve never seen Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).

To be honest, when a sixth entry was announced, I wasn’t all that fussed. My knowledge of the previous films just wasn’t what it should be (as proved above) and I kind of felt like I could take or leave the series.

However, things all changed when the reviews for this latest instalment, Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) came out and they were all overwhelmingly positive. That was it, my interest was piqued and earlier today I headed to the cinema to see what all the fuss was about.

First and foremost, I really enjoyed Fallout. As expected with an M:I movie, this film was loaded with scenes of Tom Cruise doing seemingly inexplicable things all in the name of entertainment.

I know that not everyone is a Tom Cruise fan, but for me he’s a fantastic action star who really throws himself into a role in the same way that Arnold Schwarzenegger or Dwayne Johnson does. When you watch a Cruise movie you pretty much know what you’re going to get – and what’s the problem with that?

In Fallout, Cruise is on fine form and really commands the screen, even when stood opposite co-star and man mountain, Henry Cavill. Speaking of which, Cavill is superb in this movie – someone give him the Bond gig!

Back to Cruise; for Fallout the actor is given the opportunity to play up his love of throwing himself around the screen, while a decent story unfolds to back everything up. Arguably his best scene is towards the end of the movie when he partakes in an aerial pursuit – although a bathroom brawl earlier in the film also gives Cruise (and Cavill) the opportunity to let loose.

Offering much appreciated back-up is series regulars, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. I say much appreciated, as these guys offer both humour and heart and sometimes that’s exactly what a high-octane action movie like this needs.

I may have a few gaps in my M:I knowledge, but that didn’t stop me appreciating the interactions between the long-running team mates or the links this movie made to previous films. These inclusions made me feel like perhaps I have missed out a little with this series and now I really should go back and catch up.

2018 has been a good year for movies and Mission: Impossible – Fallout continues that trend. Super hero films might be the order of the day at present, but there’s still a place for the likes of Ethan Hunt and his IMF team and so long as each entry is this good I can be convinced to sign up for another mission.