The Mission: Impossible movie series is now on its sixth chapter and there is no sign of stopping it. Can you believe? Well, neither can I! And surprisingly, the films are similar to a bottle if wine. The older it gets, the better it becomes. I have been invited to the gala screening of Mission: Impossible- Fallout at the IMAX Theatre in SM Megamall and here drops my review of the film. Put down that cup of coffee because you won’t be needing one. Why is that? Continue reading.
If you have been living under the rock, there is a meme about Tom Cruise and his role as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series. He just keeps on running! Perhaps, we can see him as the Forrest Gump of action movies. Since the new trilogy, Fallout upped the ante. For me, the Burj Al Khalifa sequence in Ghost Protocol is unbeatable. However, the sixth installment humbled itself by not climbing new heights but still gave it a run by creating one of the most memorable car chase sequences that I have ever seen. Imagine this: cars, trucks, and a motorcycle chasing one another in the picturesque streets of Paris. Match it with the astounding score and brilliant cinematography- the result is nothing short of fantastic.
Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie elevated the franchise with his sleek and highly stylised direction. The action sequences in the movie are not your typical run-of-the-mill fights and explosions. Anybody, even the regular joe, will notice a particular quality that makes it standout. Whether it is a melee fight or one that involved weapons, there was the realness to each attack. They landed. If I had to take a shot for every “OOH!”s and “OOMPH!”s that I exclaimed inside the cinema, I would have been drunk. That is the same quality that I adored in the Russo Brother’s direction in Avengers: Infinity War!
Right, you might be wondering why call it Mission: Impossible- Fallout? Well, there are two reasons behind it. First is, in true espionage film fashion, there is the involvement of a nuclear weapon. Second, taking the actual definition of the word, an event led to an adverse reaction affecting many things…which you’ll have to find out!
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, and Rebecca Ferguson return to continue their character’s role in the story. Hunt and his team have been tasked to find and secure two Plutonium weapons that have the ability to cause a worldwide catastrophe. At the moment, the anarchist group Apostles had it in their hand and the clock was ticking for the two parties. Meanwhile, the CIA is keeping watch while the MI6 has their own goal in mind. The entanglement of objectives was a bit too much to take in the beginning but the story found a way to merge them all into one cohesive narrative.
Angela Bassett and Henry Cavill pumps up the cast with their enigmatic characters. Bassett is perfect as Erika Sloane, the new CIA director who replaced Alec Baldwin’s Alan Hunley. She is the power or as we call it these days – big dick energy- personified. Think of her as the M of the 007 franchise. Meanwhile, Cavill is the superhero that I wished him to be. He packs tons of muscles and testosterone that stuns. His character Walker is the yang to Hunt’s yin. Their personalities were hit and match. The dynamic worked perfectly.
Mission: Impossible- Fallout may have just been one of the most fun you can get in cinema this year. For all the spy works and hidden motives, it amazes me how the franchise still manages to pull off some great twists and surprises. The movie gave me a rush that is as good as downing three espresso shots!
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg
Binge-level: 5 out of 5 stars