REVIEW: “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT” (2018) Paramount Pictures

Its almost impossible to make a good summer blockbuster right now – However, Chris McQuarrie accepted that mission and has fully succeeded. “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT” is a visual spectacle that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who loves a good, smart action film with beautifully done wide shots and a great storyline. But don’t blink as you watch, because the story comes at you fast, with flash modes and ulterior motives at every turn.

‘Fallout’ picks up two years after ‘Rogue Nation’ and we get a better insight into Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as a character and his motivations. We learn that although Ethan stopped the Syndicate, the Syndicate agents left alive now call themselves “The Apostles”. Due to a tough decision Ethan makes early on, the Apostles now have three balls of grade A plutonium, enough to make three nuclear bombs with strategic destinations plotted for each of them. And so begins our heroes globe trotting heroics to stop these nuclear disasters as it’s up to Hunt and his gang of IMF agents to find them before it’s too late. Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), all return and they’re joined by Henry Cavill’s no-nonsense CIA operative August Walker, Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) as his handler, and Rebecca Ferguson’s MI6 spy, Ilsa Faust is also back along for the ride.

And what a ride it is. A rather elaborate plot full of double / triple / quadruple crosses, treachery and assumed identities, take the team around the world in a whistle-stop tour of some famous cities. A frenetic car chase through the streets of Paris, a rooftop run through London and a helicopter ride from hell in Kashmir – all impress as do the cast, of particular fun is Vanessa Kirby’s mysterious White Widow.

And Tom …oh Tom, Tom, Tommy, damn, you have this action star thing down pat and do the genre huge justice here. Cruise is as reliable as ever and at 56 – yes I said 56 – he shows no signs of slowing down even if it might take him a little longer to recover from a battering these days. Sorry to call it out, but Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson needs to take page or two from Cruise’s handbook on how to be an actual action film star and make a good action movie. As for Cruise, whether it’s leaping from buildings, jumping from airplanes during a lightning storm or riding a motorbike the wrong way around the Champs-Élysées – he’s coolness personified and is the catalyst for another adrenaline fueled thriller that takes cinematic stunts to a new level. And for the most part, they are actually done by him – without a lot of CGI blah-ness thrown in. This is the real deal people. I applaud him and the crew for raising the bar. The man is a legend and honestly shows that CG is a long way off being as good or as exciting as live action scenes.

The bond of the team (Cruise, Ferguson, Cavill, Pegg and Rhames) is what makes this work and the chemistry of the cast is amazing. I loved Michelle Monaghan back as Julia in this film for the few scenes she has. The chemistry with Cruise is emotional and I love their story together and where it has gone. Henry Cavill too, is a welcome addition to the series and honestly steals some the film best moments. The bathroom fight scene is easily one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever seen. It was great to see him get his teeth into a different type of role. He doesn’t disappoint here.

I also loved that that for the first time they referenced the other sequels which was brilliant but for anyone who hasn’t seen the previous movies it will not go over their heads or is there the need to have seen them.

This film easily takes the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise to another level and proves that with a great cast, crew, director and writers, that sequels and series can progress the story and get even better. Hands down, “Mission: Impossible-Fallout” is easily the must see action film of the summer, possibly the whole of 2018.

Grade: A-

Media Review Screening: Monday, July 22, 2018 ~ Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

14 thoughts on “REVIEW: “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT” (2018) Paramount Pictures”

    1. I know riiigght.. for an action movie.. it really is a fantastic watch. I think most of all for me because barely any CGI – it’s real. And I’ve had a few A’s lately.. shocking I know.. hahahahahaha

  1. Great post 🙂 I will be seeing this film on Tuesday afternoon 🙂 Please ask me this one question: do you think that Mission: Impossible – Fallout ranks as the greatest of the Mission: Impossible films because as of now, it has a 98 percent certified fresh rating on rotten tomatoes. Nevertheless, I do not hold rotten tomatoes up as gospel because I judge a film’s quality based on how I personally feel. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  2. I’m going to let Sean review this one because he really enjoyed it. Me not so much…no big complaints, I just saw every twist coming about 30 000 miles away.

    1. Yeah – I agree on the twists – but they were good twists and I know a lot of people didn’t see the first big one – which I won’t say outloud so as not to spoil it, for me – this one had a few good stories within it and while I might not love action movies – this one was real..actual action..not that CGI malarkey – and that made me love it. 🙂

  3. As soon as I heard McQuarrie would be back to break the M:I tradition of new film new director I knew it would be a great summer blockbuster! Tom Cruise is just invulnerable and totally ridiculous! He’s destined to die with this franchise! Great review

    1. There really is no big box office draw than Tom Cruise. I feel like he is like the energizer bunny and just keeps going and going.. hahahahaha thank you also for the compliment of the reivew – Chris McQuarrie really did well with this ‘mission’ 🙂

  4. I enjoyed this one immensely, in fact the last two McQuarrie ‘Mission’ flicks are now my faves. I still love Rogue Nation a bit more though, esp that sequence in the Vienna Opera House, so awesome!!

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