'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' Review

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Hellicopter Scene, Kashmir

The USP of ‘Mission:Impossible’ films are their action sequences. It wouldn’t be wrong to describe them as ‘007’ films set in an alternate universe with Ethan Hunt being the M: I equivalent of James Bond. And Mission: Impossible – Fallout is no exception in that it offers a fine mix of action and espionage. Yet again it is Hunt, the head of Impossible Missions Force (IMF), who is assigned a seemingly impossible task of saving the world from a dangerous organization. Only this time the stakes are much higher. More on that later.  

A direct sequel to Rogue Nation, Fallout, like its predecessor, is also directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is the first time that a director has returned to helm his second M: I film and it can be attributed to the trust Tom Cruise, who is also one of the producers, shows in McQuarrie who has also written the film’s screenplay, just like he did for Rogue Nation. While Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, and Alec Baldwin reprise their roles from Ghost Protocol, the film also stars Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett. Michelle Monaghan returns to reprise her role from Mission: Impossible III.

The story of Fallout picks up two years after the events of Rogue NationMeanwhile, the world has changed in many ways - political shifts such as the rise of alt-right support, cultural shifts like the legalization of medical marijuana. Even the terrorists are getting more innovative and advanced in their operations. In this movie, Hunt and team are assigned their most difficult task yet—that of retrieving the three plutonium cores which have been stolen by a terrorist group. So the IMF members travel to Berlin to negotiate a deal but things go awry as Ethan and team fail to secure the stolen plutonium. This doesn’t go too well with the CIA director Erica Sloane who attaches Special Activities operative August Walker as a supervisor on Hunt and team as they travel to Paris to finish off what they couldn’t in Berlin. Hunt and team must learn to coexist with the dangerous Walker and unsavory Walker. But there are other stakeholders involved as well. As a result, things become a bit complicated as retrieving plutonium cores becomes a matter of pride for all parties concerned. To make matters worse for Hunt, ghosts return from his past to make him more vulnerable than ever to his enemies.
Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Probably the last legitimate superstar in Hollywood, Tom Cruise, aged 56, proves yet again that he is not a spent force, at least not yet. The kind of action that Fallout offers is probably the best that we have ever seen. Also, it is nonstop action that we are talking about. There are about half a dozen scenes that you will probably never forget. The film also features some of the best bike chase sequences ever. And to think that a majority of the stunts are actually performed by Tom Cruise himself one can’t help but gasp at what unfolds right in front of us. It is a reminder that even the best extras in the world can't beat an actor like Cruise who does his own stunts, often putting himself at great risks. Only recently he broke his ankle while jumping between buildings in London as part of the shooting for Fallout. Interestingly, the particular shot where he breaks his ankle is also used in movie. The body movements in the long shots and facial expressions in the close ups can never be so well coordinated when one uses extras or creates something completely from the scratch using CGI.
Henry Cavill as August Walker with Angela Bassett in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Paris Scene, Eiffel Tower
Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
I wish Henry Cavill had a greater role to play in the film. While he does leave an impact, I was hoping for more one on one fighting sequences between him and Cruise. Also, I found the plot to be a little convoluted. And, in terms of intrigue and espionage, it pales in comparison to Rogue Nation. Jeremy Renner is sorely missed. But, given how the Mission: Impossible films are loved in India, I don't see why audiences will not come out in large numbers to watch this one, thereby snatching box-office space from Bollywood films. I recommend watching it in an IMAX theater.

Rating: 7/10

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