Mission Impossible: Fallout review
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to see how far Tom Cruise is willing to push himself. Tom Cruise, regardless of his mysterious personal life, has to be one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. His ageless face (I swear, he has not aged since the early 2000's) along with his willingness to pull off crazy stunts, has kept him in the spotlight in an age where movies have had to compete with better television and streaming content. Yeah, he'll have an occasional misfire like Knight & Dayand whatever The Mummywas supposed to be, but he may be one of the last "A-name stars" that have the same draw that stars of the golden years like Kirk Douglass and Jimmy Stewart.
The Mission Impossiblemovies are not only his most successful film series, could be argued as one of the most successful adaptations of a TV show. In fact, when I mentioned this to a movie theater employee, he had no idea that it was based on an 1980s show. Whether it follows it closely is anyone's guess, as I haven't watched it. But if future movies are a lot like Mission Impossible: Fallout, then Tom Cruise should be safe.
IMF agent Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) accepts a mission to intercept a group of terrorists called The Apostles (made up from the remnant's of The Syndicate from the previous movie) from selling plutonium. Along with Benji (played by Simon Pegg) and Luther (played by Ving Rhames), he tries, but fails to protect the plutonium cores from disappearing. He does get an idea from a nuclear weapons expert where they may be sold; Paris.
The IMF is scolded by CIA director Erica Sloane (played by Angela Bassett) for their failure, and thus has CIA operative agent August Walker (played by Henry Cavill) shadow them. For their next mission, Hunt and Walker HALO jump into Paris to intercept the dealer, only to also encounter Ilsa Faust (played by Rebecca Ferguson), another agent from the previous movie. They all agree to work to meet with the arms dealer, only to encounter The Apostles as well. On top of that, even the CIA doubts Ethan Hunt enough that they suspect that he could be turning sides. The race is on for Hunt to find the plutonium cores and prove he's still the biggest adrenaline junkie in all of Hollywood.
I'm glad to say that Mission Impossible: Falloutis phenomenal! Is it the best of the series? On its own, I still think Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocolwas perfect. As part of the bigger story, this does build upon the themes of complications of government agencies in conflict. It just happens that this is the better movie. Not only are the stunts more memorable, but the pacing is better and more align with a spy thriller. It helps that director Christopher McQuarrie has staged much of the action that does reveal that there aren’t any wires or CGI replicating. Even if that's not the case, it manages to keep us in constant suspense with not too many edits. The HALO jump especially look cool as it's done in one long take.
Tom Cruise remains as charismatic as before. This really isn't much of an acting challenge as he's basically playing himself. He makes up for it in overall charm, his adrenaline rubbing off on all the stunts, and even the occasional humor. His lack of fear could have derided another performer, but something about Cruise's method makes it work. I think it's that he genuinely does seem to have fun hanging off of helicopters and jumping across buildings.
I mentioned before the this follows the story of Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, but that is mainly on the villain Solomon Lane, who played by Sean Harris, has made for this series equivalent to Blofeld in the 007series. Though it's pretty obvious how things are going to turn out, his overall confidence and intimidation does make you suspend that for the duration. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are just as entertaining. Rebacca Ferguson has a lot of awesome moments. Without spoiling anything, let's say that Henry Cavill does pose a challenge for Tom Cruise.
Let's give this five helicopter chases out of five. This is certainly one of the best in the series (though Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocolstill ranks slightly higher). You don't need to have seen the others to enjoy this, though it does help to have seen the previous one. You get enough of an idea of who these people are to enjoy the story regardless. I highly recommend this and you should accept this mission.