Mission: Impossible - Fallout Review
Here's our take on the new Mission movie!
Your Mission Should You Choose To Accept It? Go See Fallout!
Most action movie franchises end up delivering diminishing returns as they go on, getting more outlandish, stupid, and boring with each entry. However, that's not the case with Mission: Impossible. Somehow, star and producer Tom Cruise and company have managed to get better and better with each installment in this thrilling series by giving audiences exhilarating stunts, smart stories, and interesting characters. It's the best action franchise running today, maybe the best franchise period, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With the latest sequel, Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie up the ante with a darker, more personal story and some of the most astounding action sequences ever put on film.
Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must stop the leaders of a mysterious organization from acquiring nuclear capabilities and annihilating the planet. So, you could say the stakes are kinda high in this film, but Hunt and his team are more determined than ever to accomplish their impossible mission. The story takes many twists, surprising the audience at every turn with it's complex narrative that can get confusing, yet remains easy to digest once you catch up. Editing is fast-paced, showing the moviegoer exactly what they need to see to stay apprised of the situation and understand what's happening. McQarrie's writing of dialogue is genius as every line gives us just enough information and stays character-based the whole way through. It's a stunning achievement that he can come up with these intricate stories, yet remain focused on the most intimate details of the characters and their motivations.
There are plenty of adrenaline-fueled stunts in this movie and each of them are conceived in brilliant ways. The HALO jump is quite literally breathtaking, the motorcycle chase is nerve-wracking, the bathroom fight is extremely brutal, and the helicopter sequence is nothing short of astonishing. Every shootout and footchase in between is equally amazing, and I still don't understand how they pull these things off without the aid of computer-generated effects which most other franchises overuse. Cruise's dedication to the craft of filmmaking shows as he is willing to do virtually anything to entertain an audience. Entertain us he does as this film keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout it's entire runtime, which happens to be the longest of all of the Missions, but it breezes by due to the enrapturing storytelling that's on full display even in the midst of these frantic action set pieces.
This cast is phenomenal as each of the actors and actresses bring their best to each and every role, big or small. Leading the cast, Tom Cruise brings us the most tortured and reckless Ethan Hunt yet which also gives us his most satisfying character arc ever. Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa Faust, the most interesting character in the franchise outside of Hunt, who plays well off of Cruise and gets to take her character to new places. As the CIA's muscle, August Walker, Henry Cavill gets to have fun with his rather arrogant character who butts heads with the IMF team. The rest of this incredible cast, including Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby, all bring special things to their parts, helping flesh out this world and providing the audience with characters we connect to and care about. Each of the players draw us into the story which greatly affects our enjoyment of the film in a positive way.
On a technical level, this movie represents the best the film industry has to offer. There's gorgeous cinematography from Rob Hardy here as he puts the camera in places you'd never expect which places us in the middle of the action and forces us to feel every moment as if we were another member of the IMF. It's got a wonderful Lorne Balfe musical score which supports the story by enhancing the emotion of every scene and makes great use of the series' signature theme. Production design is also beautiful, as are the costumes and the sets. Eddie Hamilton's editing is expertly crafted to keep the audience engaged with the story, while maintaining the mystery. McQ, Cruise, and crew have done it again with this remarkably well-executed film from top to bottom and I give it an 9.5 out of 10.
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT” finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise - “Top Gun,” “American Made,” “The Mummy”) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live,” “The Boss Baby,” “Beetlejuice,” Simon Pegg – “Star Trek,” “Ready Player One,” Ving Rhames – “Pulp Fiction,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson – “The Greatest Showman,” ”The Girl on the Train,” Michelle Monaghan – “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Heartbreak Kid”) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill (“Justice League,” “Man of Steel”), Angela Bassett (“Black Panther,” “American Horror Story”), and Vanessa Kirby (“Me Before You,” “The Crown”) also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie (“Jack Reacher”) returning to the helm.