MOVIE: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- FALLOUT
STARRING: TOM CRUISE; SIMON PEGG; REBECCA FERGUSON; HENRY CAVILL
DIRECTED BY: CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 4 STARS (Out of 4)
If the mission is to keep us in our chairs than you will find it impossible. I leaned forward, and backwards, and lean forward, and squealed. That's right, I squealed, because Tom Cruise risks it all for my pure entertainment. Mission: Impossible- Fallout is the sixth installment in the super spy series, that not only instantly became the greatest out of the half dozen, but is possibly the greatest pure action movies we've ever seen. Bold statement, I know. Director/writer Christopher McQuarrie never allows you to catch a breath, with phenomenal set pieces, death defying stakes, and a marathon's worth of Tom Cruise running! Mission: Impossible- Fallout will make you feel alive.
The plot stuff. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) receives a dossier catching us up on all the self-destructing details. A rogue group of evil agents called “The Apostles” have plans to steal plutonium orbs and turn them into atom bombs. Using Ethan's weaknesses against him, he finds himself forced to choose between the orbs and his long-time partner Luther (Ving Rhames), causing the IMF team to lose control of the plutonium. Ethan, Benji (Simon Pegg), new agent Walker (Henry Cavill), under the guidance of suites Sloan (Angela Bassett) and Hunley (Alec Baldwin), must race to recover the weapons before millions of people are killed. That's if he can work with MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), stop terrorist Solomon Lane's (Sean Harris) evil plan, and trust everyone around him.
That's really just the bare bones of the action. Everything else is what you come to see. It's not just all the non-stop action that makes Fallout great, although that is a portion. It is how McQuarrie and his cinematographer Rob Hardy pace the film with ease, using gorgeous settings from Paris to Kashmir, and slowing down the action enough to let the spy maneuvering move the plot. One minute Hunt and Walker are skydiving into Paris, next they're scanning a Paris nightclub, followed by a bathroom brawl with sound design meant for us to hear every rib crack and tile break. There is a motorcycle chase that trumps what William Friedkin did in The French Connection, a running foot chase that led to Cruise breaking his ankle for real, which caused production to halt, and finally a climactic helicopter fight that made me believe that Tom Cruise has a death wish.
What makes Fallout even more spectacular is when one thinks about where this series started from. Tom Cruise is 56-years old and the last true-Hollywood star we have left (Sorry, Dwayne Johnson), but he still cares about giving audiences his greatest effort. What started as an intriguing start from director Brian De Palma, went high-octane with John Woo in M:I 2, took a major blockbuster turn with J.J. Abrams for M:I 3, went full James Bond with Brad Bird in Ghost Protocol, and has catapulted into historic heights in the last two films with McQuarrie. Fallout is at the level of action alongside films such as Skyfall, Mad Max: Fury Road, and John Wick: Chapter 2.
This is by far the best film of the summer. A pure adrenaline rush for the audience, where I strongly advise you to use the bathroom before you see it, because leaving the theater to miss a moment is not an option. Go and witness the greatness of Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible- Fallout. I have no clue how the Risky Business star could ever top his work in this and if he keeps it up at this pace, we might see him in a full body cast for Mission: Impossible seven and eight. I'm not complaining. This is Tom Cruise's Mission and I fully choose to accept it.
Written by: Leo Brady