Film preview: Impossible for this to flop at the box office

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Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to see if Tom Cruise and co. can better the critical acclaim the franchise received with 2011’s Ghost Protocol.

Yep, ‘The Cruiser’ is back as kick-ass agent Ethan Hunt, leader of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), for the fifth outing in the blockbuster spy series – and it could just be his most ‘impossible’ mission yet.

All IMF operations are shut down when the reckless actions of Hunt and his team – the returning Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) – are denounced by CIA chief Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin).

But when they square off against the Syndicate, a multi-national group of highly-skilled ex-operatives committed to destroying them, they face their biggest task to date: A) stay alive and B) eradicate the Syndicate.

Fortunately, as they take on this ‘rogue’ group, they have a ‘trump’ card in the form of a mysterious agent – Rebecca Ferguson’s (not The X Factor singer) Ilsa Faust – who seems to be on their side – but can she be trusted?

Early reviews have been extremely favourable – tagging Cruise as a top action star ‘without equal’ – with Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie helming, JJ Abrams (Avengers: Age of Ultron) on production duties, and ‘hot property’ scribe Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) co-writing.

And of course there’s Hunt’s crazy plane-hanging stunt that was filmed at nearby RAF Wittering – seen in the trailer – to give it that local twist. All that adds up to a potentially winning box-office concoction in my book . . .