Mission: Impossible – Fallout Review

Mission: Impossible Fallout trailer cover photo Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible series of films and was released in July 2018. The film stars Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, all of whom reprise their roles from previous films, along with Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett who all debut in the franchise.

Fallout follows IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his team, as they track down a group of terrorists planning to detonate three plutonium cores to initiate a nuclear attack. The film sees Ethan and his team travel the world, visiting numerous locations including Berlin, Paris, London and the Himalayas. 

Tom Cruise stars again as lead character Ethan Hunt and he is phenomenal in the role! Not only is he convincing in the role as an IMF agent, everything about him and his character, from the stunts to the acting, seems to be a perfect fit for Tom Cruise. A huge amount of credit must go to Cruise for just how good of an action film this is, with the film featuring some unbelievable stunts, the majority of which he actually performs himself. It was during the filming of Fallout that Tom Cruise broke his ankle performing a stunt, reportedly costing the studio around $80 million as a result of having to halt production – talk about commitment!

The supporting cast are equally as brilliant, particularly the duo of Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, whose characters bring some much needed comic relief to break up the intense action scenes. The dynamic between their characters, as well as that of Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson’s, has blossomed over the course of the past two M:I films and has created a very loveable quartet of characters. It’s also nice to see Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin reprise their roles from past films which maintains a nice continuation to the narrative across the series.

Of the new characters who join the franchise in Fallout, it’s Henry Cavill’s character August Walker who claims the majority of screen time. I can’t really fault Henry Cavill in the film, however I was pretty disappointed with his character. His character has a real lack of backstory and there is little character development over the course of the film, which is somewhat surprising given the usual depth gone too in creating memorable characters in M:I films. As a result, his character is soon forgotten, with Sean Harris’s character, Solomon Lane, being one of the most distinctive in Fallout.

The film starts off with an explosive pace, diving straight into the action and setting the precedent for the remainder of the film. There is a slight lull in the middle act of the film, but as with any Mission Impossible film, action is right around the corner and the pace soon picks back up. The story seems to fly by at a million miles per hour and with all the twists and turns of a Mission Impossible film, it can be difficult to keep track of who’s working with who. Amidst the action packed chaos, we do get an interesting insight into Ethan Hunt’s personal life, thanks to the return of Michelle Monaghan who plays Ethan’s ex-wife. 

The action is what makes this film so enthralling! From a HALO jump scene with Cruise and Cavill to a dramatic helicopter chase through the Himalayas, Mission: Impossible – Fallout takes some of the most dramatic, explosive sequences from previous M:I films and amplifies them tenfold! Some of these action sequences are not just the best in the Mission: Impossible series, but also some of the most dramatic and breath-taking of any action movie! There’s a scene early on in the film which literally had me on the edge of my seat, pitting Cruise and Cavill’s characters up against stuntman Liang Yang, making for a truly iconic fight sequence.

My only gripe with the film is a lack of classic Mission: Impossible hoodwink-ery! The series is known for its dramatic action sequences, which Fallout has in plentiful supply, but it’s also known for its deceiving, fool-the-audience moments – think Ethan’s “death” in Mission: Impossible III! Fallout contains a few moments like this, but none of which provide that shock factor that the early films managed to deliver. It seems in recent years the Mission: Impossible franchise has strayed further from its original recipe and more towards big action sequences, understandable and common nowadays in cinema (take the Fast and Furious series for example), I was just hoping for a few more of those moments which make the Mission: Impossible films so iconic.

Regardless, Mission: Impossible Fallout is still a fantastic film with some mesmerising action sequences, stunning fight scenes and jaw dropping cinematography. Mission: Impossible Fallout has cemented its place as one of the best Mission: Impossible films in the series.

The Verdict

With breathtaking action sequences and stunning fight scenes, Mission: Impossible Fallout is arguably the best film in the franchise, it’s just missing a few of those classic Mission: Impossible shock twists.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

8/10

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