Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

It’s been 22 years since Ethan Hunt cable dropped onto our screens and six movies later he is still accepting missions like he has a choice in the matter. This time however, the fallout to his latest assignment could cost him all that he’s worked to protect.

Mission: Impossible Fallout
Three Plutonium cores are up for sale to the highest bidder – and as one could imagine, the bad guys aren’t looking to purchase them for paper weights. With orders from IMF (Impossible Missions Force) top operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is to retrieve the cores by any means.

Events quickly escalate as the Plutonium is stolen right from under Hunt’s nose. Before a second attempt at retrieval can be made by IMF, the Director of the CIA (Angela Bassett) brings in her own operative, August Walker (Henry Cavill) to shadow Hunt.

Chasing the Plutonium is only a fraction of the task as Hunt and his team; Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) are also trying to evade a terrorist group called The Apostles, uncover the unknown identity of their leader John Lark, and discover why someone on a motorbike is constantly shooting at them.

It’s an impossible mission, but it’s all in a days work.

Fallout Motorbike

We all know by now that I am a massive Tom Cruise fan. Don’t @ me. The man makes a solid movie and at 56 years old is still doing his own stunts whilst I’m over here opting for the lift if I so much as catch a whiff of a flight of stairs.

First and foremost, this is an action movie, and so to that I have to give Mission: Impossible – Fallout, all the points. Once it began it was pretty much non stop, and more than that, it was varied. Hand to hand combat, police chase in a foreign city, helicopter tag, Halo jumping, and good ol’ fashion shoot outs, are to name but a few.

At the heart of the movie, the story was pretty basic; We need to get X to stop World War Y. However around that was a state of constant duplicity. Least we forget, the IMF are a spy agency, and so we were never really sure who we could trust. Who was a mole, who was an ally, and who would just do what had to be done for personal gain. It kept the audience on their toes and added a pace that matched the unfolding action scenes.

So. Henry Cavill. How you doin’? I’ve just about managed to cap all my unchecked comments about how good he looked in this movie to give you the facts. As far as comparisons to his previous movies go, he was pretty damn good.

There was something rough and raw about his character that juxtaposed well with Cruise’s tried and refined one. I will also admit that for once his poor American accent wasn’t quite as annoying as usual.

Finally, silence was used really well in this movie. As was the use of an African drum in one of the penultimate chase sequences which, amped up the drama of the action.

Mission: Impossible Fallout Henry Cavill

So. The dislike portion of the review has arrived. As I sat back to lament, only one aspect really came to mind. There was a moment in the film where Walker relays his suspicion to his boss that Hunt might be the mysterious John Lark.

Here’s my problem: We all knew it wasn’t Hunt. And to be honest we all suspected who it actually was front the get go. My qualm is that it was all too transparent. It would have been nice if for a second we doubted Hunt’s loyalty to IMF and his country, or if the suspicion was laid on a number of characters that we would then all be wary about.

Fallout Squaaaad

I went through my old Blogger posts and tracked down my review of Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation. Firstly it was hilariously harsh, and secondly I am now older and wiser.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout was in many ways like it’s predecessors – the action the narrow escapes and the inevitable success of our heroes. However it brought something more to the table by never allowing itself to slack, and not taking advantage of the audiences respect for the franchise.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to see this movie, and expect it to be like none other before it.

5 thoughts on “Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

  1. Such a bold statement in the end there! As a person who’s never a fan of MI myself I was mildly interested in this particular one just because I saw a snippet of a behind the scenes look at Tom Cruise dangling under a helicopter and then driving it through loops – definitely kudos to the amount of effort he does on doing his own scenes.

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