Paycheck (2003, dir. John Woo)

An industrial spy leaves himself clues to solve the crimes of which he’s now accused. An SF twist on a Hitchcock plot (based on a Philip K Dick story), this lumpen chase thriller gets bogged down early and doesn’t relax into what Woo – when unrestrained – does best.

Sicario 2: Soldado (AKA Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado) (2018, dir. Stefano Sollima)

Graver enlists Alejandro once more; this time to start a war between cartels. A focus on people trafficking rather than drugs second time around; terrifically stylish and well-executed, if flirting with some reactionary ideas.

Red Sparrow (2018, dir. Francis Lawrence)

A Russian ballerina is recruited by her uncle into an elite spy training programme. Good-looking but deathly slow melodrama which pretends the Cold War is ongoing. Plenty of solid character actors with silly accents in European cities doing double-crosses.

Tomb Raider (2018, dir. Roar Uthaug)

A bike courier/heiress follows clues left by her missing father to a forbidden tomb. OK series reboot with plenty of action, chases and the usual set-piece puzzle lair supernatural finale. Nothing new, but competently done, with a good central performance.

Another perspective required? Here’s Xussia’s review.

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018, dir. Christopher McQuarrie)

A direct continuation of the story from 5 sees this move at breakneck pace. Cruise has never ran so much and the double crosses and face swapping are enjoyable as ever. Great stunts and frantic action scenes see the series staying on top form. Excellent.

Another review? Sure! Here’s Eamonn’s.

Guardians of the Tomb [AKA 7 Guardians of the Tomb] (2017, dir. Kimble Rendall)

A search for a fabled elixir of youth reveals a network of hidden catacombs. Tatty mash-up of various Raiders, The Mummy, National Treasure and Alien sequels. Fun if you take a drink with each movie borrowing spotted, otherwise wholly avoidable.

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018, dir. Christopher McQuarrie)

Ethan Hunt and his team battle a nuclear conspiracy involving followers of Solomon Lane. Splendid series continuation from Part 5 (MI: Rogue Nation), with hugely-impressive stuntwork and the usual emphasis on twists and double-crosses. Recommended.