Film Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) ****

Title – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Director – Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher)

Cast – Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris

Plot – Impossible mission expert Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his fellow IMF team members must right their wrongs while racing the clock as they set out to save the world from a potentially deadly threat.

“The greater the suffering, the greater the peace”

Review by Eddie on 03/08/2018

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, welcome to the Tom Cruise ego show!

Showing us all that he is not a mere mortal like the rest of us and continues to defy his age of 56 years, the newest impossible mission Cruise’s Ethan Hunt takes on; Fallout, is an action packed thrill ride that sees the divisive actor throw caution to the wind and put his body on the line to deliver some of the most thrilling and death defying stunts seen in a feature film in some time.

No matter how you feel about the man, Cruise certainly knows how to put on a cinematic spectacle and whilst he is jumping out of planes, riding his bike far too fast through the streets of the city of love, flying a helicopter in a wild fashion or as we’ve all come to love, running fast in a way in which only the Cruise can do, we as an audience find ourselves with a big old-fashioned smile on our face, aghast, yet thoroughly entertained by what the action star and his seemingly best buddy directing partner Christopher McQuarrie have come up with for this franchises 6th instalment.

It’s incredibly really to be 6 films into a series that has no real right being as good as it has become but here we are and after the delights of Ghost Protocol and the box-office highs of Rogue Nation, Fallout is the final say in the now undeniable fact that Mission: Impossible has become one of the great action franchises of cinema and one of the most reliable properties of the current era.

It’s often dumb, frequently unbelievable and highly over the top but it doesn’t matter as Cruise, his on-board co-stars and the increasingly confident McQuarrie combine to make the story of Hunt and his team chasing down some stolen plutonium and facing old-foes in highly photogenic and world-known locations, a seriously entertaining ride.

By the films mid-way point you can’t help but just sit back in your chair, put your hand deep into your oversized bucket of popcorn and willingly partake in the thrills and spills provided and there’s a genuine sense of pulsating kicks to be had thanks to the pure audacity and craftsmanship of a film that values practical stunts over big CGI set-pieces, making most of Fallout’s big action beats operate on a whole different level to other similar films that have lost much of appeal by the over-use of computer generated carnage.

If you’re seeking a cinematic experience that feels palpable, real and dangerous, Fallout is the film you’ve been eagerly awaiting for.

Final Say –

Putting aside your logic or your disdain for Cruise the public figure, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the action thrill ride of the year. Filled with some genuinely jaw-dropping set-pieces and a frenetic and non-stop energy, Fallout may just be a franchise high and quite easily the action event of the year, tailor-made for the biggest screen available to your viewing needs.

4 bathroom stalls out of 5

13 responses to “Film Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) ****

  1. SPOT ON. I really enjoyed this movie and managed to forget about my personal feelings on Cruise for the duration of it. Class acting and a top class action movie too.

    • Glad you enjoyed it Cine 🙂 I think its a little frustrating now that people will overlook Cruise films just because of how they feel about him as a public figure but then they are missing out on some really awesome and underseen films like American Made from last year.
      This was just a really fun and smile inducing ride.

      • Very good point you make there. Need to see American Made, still haven’t yet!

        Fun fact for ya, they were filming a lot of the scenes of Fallout (the wedding scene in the beginning and a lot of the heli scenes) near to where I’m living at the moment in New Zealand, and we saw Tom Cruise flying low in his helicopter, and lots of the crew around too. I was like “ffs, there’s Tom Cruise” *rolls eyes* but didn’t realise how much of a great action movie it was gonna be.

      • American Made comes highly recommended for me, just a super fun ride!

        That is an awesome occurance, not many people can say they saw Tom Cruise buzz by them in a helicopter haha. I remember when he was filming The Last Samurai in New Zealand there was a really cool story about how he stoped on a highway somewhere to help some random citizen change their car tyre, that to would be quite the story to tell your mates ha.

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