The Mission Impossible series in six minutes: IGN recaps Tom Cruise’s action franchise before the Rogue Nation release (VIDEO).

Never Seen a Mission: Impossible Movie? This Video Will Get You Caught Up in Six Minutes.

Never Seen a Mission: Impossible Movie? This Video Will Get You Caught Up in Six Minutes.

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July 27 2015 9:27 PM

The Entire Mission: Impossible Series, Summarized in Six Minutes

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Tom Cruise has been through a lot in the Mission: Impossible movies.

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Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the still-spry Mission: Impossible series, is out on Friday, and early reviews are very, very good. If you’re one or three movies behind, or if you’ve seen literally none of Ethan Hunt’s breathless, ultra-high-stakes adventures, take heart: The folks at IGN have made an excellent video that recaps the entire series in a brisk six minutes. (Though, weirdly, the video’s title claims it does so in five).

Of course, one could probably grok whatever happens in Rogue Nation without knowing everything covered here, as the Mission: Impossible films aren’t interdependent sequels so much as loosely connected excuses to see Tom Cruise run, hang off things, and generally fulfill his duties as the most game action star alive. But there’s a touch of character backstory—and a lot of face-mask plot twists—that’ll be good to know as you watch the actor’s high-flying stunts.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter