MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT Review: 10 (Accept the Mission)
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT is the newest film in the MI franchise and is produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the second film to be directed by McQuarrie making him the first person to direct more than one film in the franchise. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin, all of whom reprise their roles from previous films, while Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby join the franchise.
And what a franchise it is. It is rare to have a series of films consistently produces great experiences without fail. Even the MCU, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and James Bond franchises has their weak links. And don’t get me started on the Bourne series. Though some might argue MI:2 was a bit over the top under director James Woo, it is still a pretty fun action romp. Since then, this franchise has consistently gotten better with each chapter. I am convinced that a studio in Hollywood or the church of Scientology has cloned Tom Cruise. In his mid-fifties, he is still making films that are nail-biting rollercoasters with practical effects. Add in that a good amount of stunts are done by Cruise himself and it only amps up the tension since you are sort of in fear of the guy’s life while you are watching. MI:FALLOUT puts the “spec” in spectacle here too—with huge vistas, insane chases, and breathtaking views. I cannot recommend this enough—see it on the biggest screen possible, and IMAX if it is available.
In the latest saga, some nuclear grade plutonium has made its way into the open global market and Ethan Hunt and the IMF crew must find it before it falls into the wrong hands. To do that, Hunt has to deal with a new CIA agent (Henry Cavill) added to his team, take on new identities, face some ghosts from his past (films) and come to terms with who he is at his core.
Let me put this a better way: Tom Cruise saves the world in the most thrilling way possible and we get to watch.
There. Fixed it.
I have said it before, there aren’t many true *movie stars* in Hollywood. Cruise proves he is still at the top of his game while maintaining a thrilling franchise. McQuarrie and the cast have put a lot of work and effort into this film and it shows on the big screen. It is a film that will leave you exhilarated and exhausted by the end. You are staring at the beauty in the camera eye while focusing on the action in the scene—altogether while chewing your fingernails and checking your heartbeat.
In this genre, there may be some films that are this movie’s equal. There are few that are better.