Mission Impossible; Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission Impossible series and focuses on IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team’s quest to track down stolen plutonium while under the supervision of a CIA operative in August Walker (Henry Cavill).
Well, they just keep on coming, don’t they? I don’t know about you but I don’t think I’ll ever be tired of this franchise even though I am well aware that sooner rather than later, they’ll have to recast the role of Ethan reason being Tom Cruise isn’t getting any younger. It’s a calculated fact especially considering that the Hollywood actor sustained a stunt-related injury during this film’s production.
That said, does Tom show any signs of quitting this iconic role because of his age? Certainly not; at least not in this latest motion-picture. Almost everything about his character, much like the preceding films, is admirable; always willing to go that extra length to do what needs to be done despite the odds that are stacked against him. On here, he is caught up in serious situations where he has to make decisions and make them quick because, as you would expect the stakes are really high. To say that this is Tom Cruise’s best Mission Impossible performance would be an equivalent of saying that your 6th child is better than the former five; it’s plausible but you would have a relatively hard time coming to that conclusion.
Henry Cavill is acceptable as August Walker; I didn’t particularly have a gripe with the British actor’s performance in this story. He is a CIA agent whose breathing down the neck of Ethan Hunt upon being deployed by his superior Erica Sloane (Angela Basset) who thinks the IMF top notch spy cannot be trusted with carrying out the mission at hand to its completion. Although the character wasn’t as intimidating as I thought he should have been as far as his dialogue is concerned, Walker does redeem himself from around the midpoint of the 2nd act onward as he is heavily involved in some excellent action sequences.
Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames); the long serving liaison of Hunt throughout most of the M.I franchise had his moments in the film and it was incredible to see how strong his relationship with the super spy still was. Of all the team members, he knows Ethan best and that’s why he is ready to stick up for him when the mission in play is on the verge of being compromised by another agent. I’d say the same for Simon Pegg’s character Benjamin Dunn but for me, in as much he was helpful towards the cause, I felt like his comedic contributions were just as relevant and understandably so; the movie does have quite the somber tone.
The Plot, Merits and Demerits.
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 26 years since the very first Mission impossible film and I certainly hope that this isn’t the last one; I believe Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie won’t let me down on that. This so happens to be the second time they are working together in this franchise and I think you’d agree with me that this collaboration is working wonders, much like the Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra or Michael b. Jordan and Ryan Coogler.
There’s not much to say about the plot of the movie simply due to the fact that it’s similar to the previous five; there’s not much to differentiate them. First off, whether it’s a knock-list, a dangerous virus, nuclear launch codes or three radio-active plutonium cores, there’s always an element that needs to be secured. Whether it’s scaling the top of the tallest building in the world, jumping from the top of one building to another in pursuit of a bad guy or high speed car chases, there are always high octane action scenes characterized by high stakes. Then there’s the “I’m wearing a disguise and I’m not the guy you thought I was” cliché; we can’t forget about that, can we?
Long story short, it’s almost the same script every time and from a personal perspective, you can view that as either as a strength or rather a weakness of this franchise; a strength in that those elements have considerably contributed to the high Box Office numbers or as a weakness in that it is too repetitive. Yes, I’m well aware of the fact that story is an important element to a flick and you have to give more attention as a film critique but all in all, if all the other elements are done pristinely well then a compromise can be made, for the most part.
The cinematographers and the production designers had all hands on deck with this one and it is evident in every single scene. I felt how cohesive the two respective elements were in not only giving me inclusive and detailed shots of the scenes’ surroundings but also giving me a beautiful set design that I can marvel at. Every character here is written well; none of them felt out of place except maybe for Vanessa Kirby’s character in White Widow. Additionally, on the topic of character writing and without giving spoilers, a villain from a previous M.I photoplay is in this recent one and I liked the how instrumental his subtle but intimidating role was.
My take on Mission Impossible: Fallout isn’t going to be any different than what you expected it to be assuming you have watched enough M.I motion-pictures to know that they are great. If Christopher McQuarrie, the only director to take charge of two movies in this franchise doesn’t at least get an Oscar nod next year, I’ll be really pissed; his work is noteworthy. I really hope you enjoy the movie if you haven’t watched it already and that ideally ought to be your mission, should you choose to accept it.