REVIEW: Mission: Impossible — Fallout solid in capturing the magic of its franchise



Alex Novak

In a summer full of blockbuster films, “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” delivers yet another top-tier film with a full force package of superior filmmaking.

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it” often questions its leading man and supporting characters, as it should. It also has the audience in store for a seriously mind-bending, complex story.

It delivers a plot that is inventive and deceptive in every way imaginable leading up to the ultimate end match between Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and anarchist Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), who is out to make Hunt responsible for the great suffering that he believes will result in eventual unity — with a few tricks still hidden up his sleeve.

With the threat of nuclear weapons powered by plutonium, Hunt is willing to do whatever it takes to keep it out of the wrong hands, but always finds a way to spare the innocent from any harm.

Hunt and his team of Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames), with the new forced addition of agent August Walker (Henry Cavill), and eventually Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), proceed to travel down an extensive mission, on the run to attempt to secure the valuable asset.

The story contains twists and turns, surprises and seriousness to make up its dark tone, as well as the notably intense moments, which deliver some of the best scenes of the film — shot in incredible places and containing breathtaking views.

In the more technical aspects, it does a solid job of utilizing sound to deliver the experience of mystery, creative cinematography to capture the action and tell an effective story, and provides a recognizably great musical score to add to the franchise.

Additionally, it houses its trademark terrific action sequences, as star Tom Cruise — who paid the price during filming by suffering a broken ankle jumping between two buildings — as always acted in all of his stunts and delivered a great performance.

In fact, to accomplish some scenes towards the films ultimate climax, he even learned how to fly a helicopter in just six weeks, illustrating that there is no limit for him and what he is willing to do to deliver the best performance possible.

The sequences are fun, legendary, and will mesmerize and leave audiences on the edge of their theater seats.

With Cruise continuing to push the envelope as well as strong performances from Cavill, Pegg, Rhames, Ferguson, Harris, Vanessa Kirby and Alec Baldwin, who all deliver cryptic performances playing their characters as close to the vest as you can get.

Solid direction from Christopher McQuarrie as it seems the franchise may have delivered its best installment yet and it seems to only be picking up steam. Unravelling mysteries is entertaining, and this movie does it as well as any.

Alex Novak is an entertainment reviewer. Contact him at [email protected].