MISSION : IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018)

  • Release Date: 27/07/2018
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Fergusson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Angela Basset, Alec Baldwin.
  • Director: Christopher McQuarrie   

Mission Impossible: Fallout takes Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) to Berlin where he loses three plutonium devices as he tries to save the lives of his associates instead of holding on to the devices. This choice proves to be fatal as the devices are now up for sale and the dreaded Syndicate rechristened as The Apostles are after it to detonate them and unleash chaos. Hunt and his team must now race against time to retrieve the devices as well as put an end to the new faceless head of The Apostles known only as Lark. Helping him in his endeavors is August Walker (Henry Cavill) a CIA assassin put on Hunt’s team by the CIA chief Sloan (Angela Basset) as she doesn’t trust Ethan to make the right choices after he lost the Plutonium devices.

Mission Impossible: Fallout is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the man who made Rogue Nation and this is the first time that a director is making a comeback to a Mission Impossible film and the reasons for that are obvious. Fallout is a gripping, suspenseful, and jaw-dropping affair that is in all eventuality the best entry in the series thus far. It falls backs to everything that we have loved about the Mission Impossible films and amplifies those traits to an epic proportion.

To start with, the story is interesting and gripping even though it is a fairly straightforward tale that is not strictly speaking original. There are enough twists, changing alliances, and swinging honesties to populate the film’s runtime which will not give you much of a chance to look for loopholes in the plot. Undoubtedly, there are some and they will always be in a film like this but what’s most important is that the film has enough going in its favor to keep you invested and doesn’t cross beyond a point that would make you question the film’s believability. There are also some interesting character dynamics that they try here and most of it works. Suffice is to say that the film works in the story front.

The action sequences here are some of the best that you will ever see. I still feel that maybe— just maybe— Ghost Protocol was better in terms of action but that in no way means anything demeaning for this film. The chase sequences, the hand to hand combats and the climatic 15 minutes long Helicopter chase is some of the most gorgeous looking, thrilling and emotionally charged bits of action that I have seen in a long time. A lot has been said about the men’s room brawl and that it had to be really good to make any impact. I wouldn’t spoil the fun for the ones who haven’t seen this film yet but will only say this much —it is brutal and breathtakingly physical.

Tom Cruise learned how to fly a helicopter and then learned how to do stunts with it. The effort has paid off as with him in the cockpit, the makers are able to not only get some absolutely gorgeous shots but it also gives us an actual idea of what it would feel like to be there in that situation. There is a scene where Cruise drops from the base of the Helicopter to almost the ground. There is a scene where he gets hit by a car when he is speeding in a bike. He is shown jump from one building to another after running his lungs out from an angle that could be made possible only if he did his stunts on his own. There are countless such scenes in the film that will ensure that the testosterone-charged adrenaline junkie in you is completely satisfied.

Tom Cruise has made this role his own. He is six Mission Impossible films old and he has practically grown up in stature playing this character and he still treats the film with immense respect. This can be felt in his essay. He knows how the character has come through the different situations and that lets him get to the emotional core of the character and get the expressions and feel just right. He also shares a unique camaraderie with the other players like Benji (Simon Pegg), Luther (Ving Rhames), and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Fergusson) who happens to be the latest addition to the team but feels far older than that. This is such a likable and interesting group of characters that one can basically just see them perform and be satisfied with it.

Henry Cavill plays a mysterious man about who very little is known. A word more about him here will only spoil your fun. Hence I will reserve my views to the point that he is genuinely funny in many scenes. He speaks little and acts through his gestures mostly. I loved his physicality and the aura that he brought to the character. He is brutal when he has to be. Simon Pegg is great as Benji. Ving Rhames is just as good as he used to be. Alec Baldwin is barely there but still makes an impact on the scenes that he is a part of.

Coming to my issues with the film, the first and foremost is what has been my issue with every other Mission Impossible film except the 3rd installment. Fallout doesn’t have an engaging Villain. I will go to the extent of saying that bringing back the character of Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) may have looked good on the paper but he is just not scary or evil enough to incite true fear in the audiences. There is another villain in the film who is so charming that it’s hard to hate him and more than that, he gets to be the antagonist for just about 15 minutes. That’s hardly enough time to make an impact.

Angela Bassett who plays the CIA Director Sloan speaks with an awkward vampish tone and mannerisms in an extremely important sequence. She is also guilty of acting too dramatically without any need of doing so. She ends up becoming a caricature of a character that up till that time was believable and engaging.

Fallout is a kind of film where you have to concentrate on each and every line of dialogue and every sequence. A momentary lapse of attention will lead you into a corner from where you might just not be able to understand the proceedings completely. I also feel that for those who haven’t seen Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, this will be a difficult film to understand. They will also not feel the kind of emotional surge for the characters that are absolutely necessary to enjoy the action sequences and the film as a whole.

All said and done, Fallout is a terrific action film that has almost everything going in its favor. It has spellbinding action, terrific performances, interesting story, and a fitting finale. The hero does his own stunts and you don’t get those awkward hyper-edited action sequences where you clearly understand that the director is trying to hide something. Add to that the fact that the film in many ways culminates the story that has been building up since Ghost Protocol is an added bonus for the fans of the series. I will be watching this film again and I believe that will be the case for most of the viewers. Fallout has blockbuster written all over it.

Rating: 4/5 (4 out of 5 Stars)

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