The Mission: Impossible franchise is one of the best action franchises in existence, especially with Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation. Tom Cruise does most of his own stunts, so it adds some legitimacy to these giant setpieces that the series is known for. With Fallout, they’re looking to up the ante again and showcase more action than ever before.
To get a full recap, check out my video refresher here.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is following three plutonium cores that can be used to detonate nuclear blasts. He’s not the only one though, as former members of the Syndicate are also trying to create bombs. These secret operatives (known as the Apostles) are trying to rescue their former leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and cause global destruction. Hunt teams up with his former team (Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames) as well as their director (Alec Baldwin). The CIA has gotten more involved however, under new leadership (Angela Bassett) and a new assassin babysitter that’s been hired to follow Hunt and track his whereabouts named Walker (Henry Cavill). Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) also returns as an MI6 agent who used to be undercover with the Syndicate.
Somehow, this franchise is getting better and better.
Let’s start with what you’re undoubtedly most interested in. The action here is incredible. Absolutely captivating and definitely unique. The fact that Cruise is still this active is a testament to his commitment here, as he’s doing some incredible stuff. There’s some great car/motorcycle chases, some amazing fist fights, and an edge-of-your-seat thrillride of a conclusion with two helicopters. And it all looks perfect, utilizing some amazing cinematography to complement the action.
In terms of story, it’s one of the franchise’s best. It’s simple, really just a few groups fighting for Solomon Lane (and a few nuclear bombs). Yet the movie manages to constantly throw big reveals and twists at you, that are some of the best in the Mission: Impossible history. The opening scene alone is a whirlwind.
And then we get to the cast, who all get some great chances to shine here. Cruise of course holds down the bulk of the story but it’s really Henry Cavill that steals the show. The bathroom fight scene that’s been teased in the trailers is somehow even cooler in the actual movie. He gets a lot to do and he seems to have a blast doing it.
There’s really nothing wrong with this movie. It’s long, clocking in at 2.5 hours, but it never drags. It’s a long movie but packed full of some pretty incredible stuff.
The only people who wouldn’t like this movie are those that know they wouldn’t like action films like this. If you know that’s you, maybe stay away, but the majority of folks will love this.
Why are you still reading this? Mission: Impossible – Fallout is likely going to be the best action movie of the summer and you need to get there. I’d even encourage IMAX if you’re near one, I bet this would be an incredible ride. The story is simple enough and yet throws some solid twists your way, while the cast has a great time all around, including the standout newcomer Henry Cavill. As long as you enjoy thrilling action flicks, you’ll love this.