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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Director(s): Christopher McQuarrie

Writer(s): Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) / Bruce Geller (television series)

Cinematography by: Rob Hardy

Editor(s): Eddie Hamilton

Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Vanessa Kirby

Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong (IMDB).

Review:

The movie, if you choose to watch it, is the sixth time Tom Cruise dons the mantel of IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the middle of another mission gone wrong. This also marks the return of writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (MI: Rogue Nation), making him the first to direct more than one installment in the franchise. This was my most anticipated blockbuster movie of the year. Sure, I was looking forward to Avengers and insert name of the movie you are outraged I didn’t mention here: _______________, but mine was MI: Fallout. It is the lone franchise that hasn’t seen a decline in quality (ignoring MI2) and arguably has improved along the way. Quick spoiler, I loved this movie. Ok, let’s talk about it.

Along with having the distinction of a returning director, it’s also feels like a proper sequel. Yes, two through five are sequels in a sense that they feature the same world, Cruise and Rhames. But the actions of the previous installment don’t really affect the story beats or the character motivations. Fallout is a direct sequel of Rogue Nation and once again pits Hunts against the group of former agents now called The Apostilles. Hunt is on the… hunt of plutonium they stole, and things get crazy.

Quick note: This movie is nothing without its stunt department. They made this movie superior to the cookie cutter action movies coming out recently. If you go to IMDB the list is endless so I will at least call out Suzie Frize-Williams (stunt department coordinator) and Christopher Gordon (assistant stunt coordinator).

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Christopher McQuarrie has an incredible eye for action. This movie has so many action sequences that could’ve been the third act climax of any other movie. There is a motorcycle sequence, of course, through the streets of Paris that had me gripping my seat. Not figuratively, literally, as the sound design of the cars flying by and the revving of the engine with each turn got louder and louder. The bathroom fight sequence, the plane jump, the helicopter fight and the foot chase are all shot and executed so well that you are just enthralled in the movie. Also, the score by Lorne Balfe is incredible and adds to the heart pounding action you are watching. Every now and again after a sequence ended I would just look at my wife and we both had that “that was awesome” look on our faces.

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Quick note: editor Eddie Hamilton showcased slick transitions, utilizing both the visuals and the sounds to jump to the next scene. Also, his work with the action sequences was impeccable.  

Tom Cruise once again delivers as a genuine bonafide action superstar who loves to run. All his stunt work elevates the movie and adds an element of believability to what you are watching. Rhames and Monaghan were given a chance to flex their acting muscles. Ferguson continues to prove that she was one of the better additions to the franchise since Pegg, who was once again hilarious. Bassett and Kirby are bad-asses and fit their roles perfectly. But, my stand out was Henry Cavill and his beautiful mustache. He is a great antagonist for Hunt and an intimidating physical presence.

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A few qualms, as no movie is perfect. It has a clunky opening dream sequence that could’ve easily been cut or moved to somewhere after the reveal of the villain. The third act has a 15min timer and, with typical movie magic, they manage to do a thousand things within that time. A longer timer would’ve been better suited, especially sense that sequence feels like an hour of real time. It’s also a bit long and you can clearly see a few scenes and moments that could’ve been cut of trimmed.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout does what many consider to be impossible. Be the sixth installment in a multi-billion-dollar franchise and be as good or better that its predecessors. Cruise continues to prove he is an action juggernaut and someone that will literally give his blood, sweat and ankles for the sake of our entertainment. I had a blast and I’m looking forward to re-watching it repeatedly. If you can afford it, go see it IMAX. Definitely worth the price of admission. Cruise is why I love movies.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is currently playing in theaters. Go watch it!

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