REVIEW: Mission: Impossible – Fallout [Spoiler Free]

Too long we have been deprived from Henry Cavill’s moustache… and now it’s finally here. No thanks to you, Justice League.

When a mission goes south, Ethan Hunt and his team at the IMF enter a race against time to foil the plans of the villainous Solomon Lane, whilst having their actions carefully monitored by CIA assassin, August Walker.

The Mission: Impossible franchise can safely be identified as one of my favourites of all time. With really only one dud in the form of John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2, the now six-part action series has been chugging along for twenty-two years, surviving through spy genre hits and flops like the inconsistent James Bond movies, the declining Jason Bourne movies and the stylised Kingsman movies, but when it all boils down to it, the most underrated sure-fire hit of them all has consistently been the Mission: Impossible films. So having just seen Mission: Impossible – Fallout, I gotta say… this is one of the greatest action films I have seen in forever.

Moving from set piece to set piece so fluently, Mission: Impossible – Fallout takes its place on the top shelf of action film history. For a long time I religiously watched Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with the belief that it was and always would be my favourite of the series; however, the fourth entry has seemingly met its match. The reason I felt the Mission: Impossible films have continued to stay relevant and fresh over time was because each film is captained by a different director, therefore presenting each film with its own distinct flavour. Fallout, however, marks the first time in the series a past director has returned as Christopher McQuarrie of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation absolutely kills it in his second outing alongside Tom Cruise and co.

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(Harp 2018)

The action sequences are shot with such finesse. Everything feels so open and vulnerable. Whereas I very much enjoy Rogue Nation, Fallout just feels like a much cleaner version of said film. Fallout, unlike past Mission: Impossible films, also undergoes the daunting task of actually trying to tie together the first five movies and present an actual sequel, too, that connects and gifts the audience with some finality to certain storylines.

The tone of this film overall is much colder and tenser than its predecessors. On a whole, Fallout feels like a ticking clock, edging towards an explosive ending as it never for a second lets up. The film never slows down, but neither does it escalate; instead upholding a constant pace where the audience is left white-knuckled unsure of what will happen and when. Literally every scene never ends in the way you think it will, guiding audiences through a narrative that may be a bit complicated but thrillingly complex, all the same.

It’s true, Tom Cruise literally throws himself into everything this movie offers up. From a one shot Halo skydive to an amazing bathroom brawl to a spectacular helicopter chase… the action is unreal and some of the best I have ever seen in a film. And Cruise is so committed – he’s so dang committed to every moment on screen. It’s just incredible. Oh and also, right by his side is Henry Cavill who gives his best performance in a picture, period. He’s intimidating, fearless and a bit horrifying at times, which really makes me think how deeply Cavill is wasted in all, his other projects. The man is incredible and needs more practical stints, like this.

Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are forever charming as Alec Baldwin and Michelle Monaghan also get their respected times to shine. In all honesty, I did very much like Rebecca Ferguson more in Rogue Nation, but in Fallout she still posed as a formidable force with the ability to share the screen with a star as powerful as Cruise. Vanessa Kirby from The Crown also played the character White Widow and, wow, does she need to return for a sequel – impressive stuff. By the way, Sean Harris’ Lane villain is a clear improvement in this film after Rogue Nation. Everyone is honestly working at their A-game here which makes the thrill of Fallout even more standout.

And again, I must emphasise the set pieces in this film. Not only do they all work for the narrative, but my gosh, are they unrelenting and unimaginable. Take any CGI superhero battle and they are no where near the skill and flawlessness of the fights and confrontations in Fallout. My personal favourite: a car/ motorbike chase in Paris. I don’t want to spoilt it for you, but wow does it impress.

I think it is clear how much I loved Mission: Impossible – Fallout. One of my favourite cinema experiences in 2018, I honestly want to go see it again, straight away. Only problem is that it is a bit too long. It outstays its welcome at a stage, but at least it does for good reason – and that is Tom Cruise jumping out windows every two minutes. Other than that, bring on MI: 7, and 8, and 9! Just keep going until Tom Cruise signals defeat, which at this stage, seems to be never. But seriously, I do not know how they could possibly top this one.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is, in fact… LOST ART.

 

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