Spoilerless Review: Mission Impossible Fallout
Verdict: Mother of Action movies!
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson,
Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Running Time: 2h 28m
Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
I fell from my bed last week. I heard weird noises in the house, I thought my brother was choking. I scampered from my bed in the dark and fell hard on my shoulder joint.
A week later, I still feel the same pain. How did 52 year old Tom Cruise feel after filming Fallout, or any other in the franchise?
Mission Impossible movies have been the ones that nobody actually talks about until the next one comes out. Keeping a franchise for 22 years is work that only Tom Cruise can make happen.
Remember back in 1996, the innocent days when even the writers of a great movie like Mission Impossible didn’t know how the internet worked, when Tom Cruise tried to search for a top secret villain named Max on the internet by typing “INTERNET ACCESS” into and old computer before typing “max.com” and breaking a sweat. (Insert cringe) Skip that forgettable weak second one, past Rogue Nation.
We’ve seen Tom Cruise jump from a speeding training, climb high cliffs, jump from the tallest building, hang outside a plane at lift off, the best car chase, the best motorbike chase, greatest heists. He’s done it all. We’ve seen it all.
So, why should anybody watch the sixth film in the franchise?
Fallout feels like the ultimate mother of action movies with intensity in ever fight scene, a simple plot with usual plot twists. It capitalizes on a rich cast, incredible filmography and a great score.
We are used to a mission impossible movie that is independent from its predecessors. Fallout changes that. With connection to the first and the Rogue Nation, it stands out and a complete piece. You might need to watch the first one before going for Fallout. It makes reference to the mysterious Max from the original in 1996, Tom Cruise goes back to rock climbing from Mission Impossible II, some allies from Mission Impossible III return and so does the villain from Rogue Nation
The casting of superman actor Henry Cavill gives you your money’s worth. His bathroom fight scene with Hunt, is probably the greatest fight sequence is all 22 years of Mission Impossible. For once it feels like Ethan Hunt can be killed. The punches feel real and the wide angle shots without cuts separates it from all other generic action scenes.
The return of Michelle Monaghan as Ethan Hunt’s wife Linda Meade-Hunt connects a few dots into Hunts personal life. Michelle Monaghan first appeared in Mission impossible 3 when she married Ethan Hunt, before making a brief cameo in Ghost Protocol and entirely sitting out in Rogue Nation. Fallout gives her a missing purpose.
Many action movies have moved from dialogue to run, fight, run. Fallout has overtones from the original in 1996. Pay attention to dialogue, this is not a children’s movie. A little comic relief. Not overdone to blur the line between action and action comedy but also not taking themselves too serious. (That scene when Tom cruise jumps from a building in all movies)
What to criticise
There’s not much that didn’t work for this movie.
It falls prey to the same old generic,”Bad guy has access to dangerous stuff that could cause some very terrible damage.” All its five predecessors had the same plot lines, surviving on betrayals and plot twists and really enjoyable death defying actions sequences.
Tom Cruise is unkillable. He is not exactly Steven Seagal but you walk into the movie knowing that no matter how hard it gets or how intense it gets, he is gonna walk away scot free and a few scratches. This feel a little recycled and over used. It doesn’t change the fact that the helicopter chase in Fallout is one you could watch for an hour and still want more. You just know how it’s gonna end for Hunt and his crew.
Mission Impossible Fallout has done and achieved what all other action franchises have failed. Make a sequel that doesn’t suck. It’s thrilling and will keep you engaged with focus on great dialogue. It deserves an 8.9.
All there is to say about it is, “Shut up and take my money already.”