Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Mission Impossible: Fallout ★★★★★

We’re now onto the sixth film in the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise, a series of films that do what many others don’t, by continuously being great without becoming stale and repetitive. Tom Cruise is back again as Ethan Hunt, in ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, carrying on the plot of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’.

‘Rogue Nation’, where Hunt tries to prove the existence of The Syndicate to the CIA, ends with supreme leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) being taken into custody. Now Lane features again (albeit now in prison) as Hunt, IMF agent, tries to stop the sale of three deadly plutonium cores to the Apostles, another terrorist group made up of the Syndicate remains, which will be used as weapons.  Unfortunately for Hunt, he is made to join forces with Agent Walker (Henry Cavill), a Special Operatives Division operative, after choosing to save fellow teammate Luther (Ving Rhames) over nabbing the plutonium in a previous mission.

From the very start, the film is fast-paced and action-packed. It’s an action film, of course, but I do find they can start to get repetitive once in a while, with their obligatory car chases and running over rooftop scenes that the writers can’t seem to avoid (I blame the ‘Bourne’ franchise). ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ does actually contain both of these and more, but does them in an exciting way that doesn’t feel like a repeat of all those before them, and even adds a high octane helicopter chase in the second half that’s so tense at points I found myself gripping the sofa. 

The stunts are excellent as well, which we’ve all come to expect by now for any film with Tom Cruise in. What I can’t understand is how they always manage to one-up the previous film with something even more insane than before – I thought they couldn’t possibly beat the bike chase and the opera scene from ‘Rogue Nation’, yet somehow the film team does. There are some good fight scenes too, from a music-less struggle in a public bathroom to a gripping display at the very climax of the film as time is running out.

Aside from the action, the plot is also pretty good – predictable in the first half, but complex and interesting enough in the second half to make up for it – and it’s well paced throughout. Acting shines again, with Simon Pegg providing some hilarious lines again as (Benji Dunn), and great chemistry between the team. Cavill adds a different dynamic as well, forcing Ethan to cooperate with someone he really doesn’t gel with.

You have to give the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise a bit of leeway when it comes to realism, but the far-fetched plots are one of the elements that makes it so exciting (and the whole point is that the missions are perceived as impossible, of course). I’d say that ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ is one of my favourites in the franchise now though – it’s full of energy, and without a single dull moment in the entire film. It’s headed in a slightly different direction than normal, but both fans of the older films and newcomers will appreciate what really is a well-directed and entertaining instalment. 

Hannah Read

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