Mission: Impossible – Fallout : Review

In January 2018, British television host Graham Norton featured the cast of Mission: Impossible – Fallout (which was still in production) on "The Graham Norton Show," with a segment dedicated to a huge stunt resulting in star Tom Cruise’s broken ankle. It is then said writer/director Christopher McQuarrie left this take in the film, along with the continuing shot of Cruise picking himself up after the injury and hobbling out of frame. This is a metaphor for the kind of film Mission: Impossible – Fallout is: a testament to the dedication of those – both in the film’s world and in the real world – working beyond their capacities to get the job done. And boy, does it pay off. Just when you thought the high-flying Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation couldn’t be topped – especially with its awe-inspiring pre-title scene – McQuarrie and company come roaring back to the theaters to blow us out of our seats. It’s a well-rounded, fully-balanced film, delivering as much in the story department as it does in its action sequences. Not only is the action quota fulfilled, the film also takes time to tie together plots and characters from across the J. J. Abrams/Bad Robot era, and it even includes a playful nod to the 1996 series progenitor (we won't spoil that for you, but listen carefully to a character's self-introduction). Sticking with the Bad Robot era’s characteristic sense of teamwork – as opposed to making Cruise’s Ethan Hunt an American version of James Bond – we’re slammed headfirst into a game with the highest of stakes. Three plutonium cores are out on the open market, and it’s up to Hunt and returning sidemen Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) to get them into custody. But when Hunt is faced with the impossible choice between losing a friend or the cores, the mission fails, prompting CIA director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) to override Impossible Mission Force (IMF) Secretary Alan Hunley’s (Alec Baldwin) authority, bringing with her August Walker (Henry Cavill). “You use a scalpel; I prefer a hammer,” Sloane says, comparing the IMF’s work to the imposing force implied by Walker’s towering physique. We’re given plenty of time to see Walker being Sloane’s hammer as he wades into a multitude of bareknuckle fights and brutal takedowns. There’s no sophistication, no suave confidence with him; he is pure, lethal power made flesh. None of Cavill’s wink-and-a-grin stylings are to be found here as he exudes a terrifying intensity capable of rendering his polar opposite – Hunt himself – speechless on several occasions. Cavill earns his place on the Mission: Impossible roster by being both physically and mentally formidable, not to mention downright scary. Once again, Hunt finds himself undercover and out of luck, even with his two capable tech geniuses backing him up. Two holdovers from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation drop in to dish out their own brand of trouble. Former members of terrorist group The Syndicate (now called The…

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Rating

5!

Tom Cruise, and company come roaring back to blow us out of our seats with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, one of the best action films ever made.

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