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Mission Impossible: Fallout

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin.

Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must have their wits about them when they have to track down some stolen plutonium.

 

Mission Still Going Strong

The first Mission Impossible film came out in 1996. The series now has six entries which have grown in positive momentum and consistency. I doubt that anyone thought this series would go this far. That’s what’s happened and I give all the credit for it to the tour-de-force that is Tom Cruise. His graft and raw talent has built this franchise. I completely trust that the next entry will be worth watching, rare that you get a franchise so consistent.

Action Set Piece galore

This new entry carries on this forward momentum and takes it into overdrive. The main appeal of any Mission Impossible film is its action set pieces. This film gives us some of the best of the franchise so far. There isn’t a set piece in this film that underwhelms. Every one is choreographed and directed so well that it brings them to life in a way that so many other films fail to do. In particular a fight scene in a bathroom manages to be one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. A Helicopter chase near the film’s conclusion entertained me in a way I didn’t think possible with those vehicles.

Memorable story

Whilst having memorable sequences, I’ve found that the stories and characters of these films haven’t always stayed with me. This time will be different as the plot of this film is compelling in a way the others weren’t. The direction, writing and performances give this film a sense of real stakes that surprised and pleased me. Henry Cavill’s appearance in this film has been much discussed because of behind the scenes issues with another film unworthy of being mentioned in this review. Well, his performance here is well worth that drama. He is an absolute pleasure on screen from the word go. His dynamic is for me what might just take this film above the others in the series.

A good final act

I’ve often found the final acts of the Mission Impossible films to not live up to the rest of the film. However, this film breaks that trend and delivers a final act that had me on the edge of my seat. This is due to the excellent helicopter set piece and to the supporting actors making the side action compelling. It’s too soon to say where this film ranks among the others in the series. However, I can confidently say that it will be competing with Rogue Nation as my franchise favourite. Keep it coming Tom!

 

Pulse Rating: 9/10

JM

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