Mission Impossible: Fallout Review

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Plotline: –

Post the arrest of Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the remains of his organization The Syndicate have formed a residual group called The Apostles in order to carry out Lane’s unfulfilled plans. They attack Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) in one of their missions to intercept a deal to acquire three Plutonium cores, and steal the package.

With The Apostles having acquired the nuclear cores, the world is at a greater risk of a nuclear threat. How will Ethan and his team prevent the imminent catastrophe?

Positive Points: –

  • With almost all of its cinematic elements in top-notch form, MI Fallout establishes itself as a copybook example as to how you make an action movie in the modern age of filmmaking.
  • Tom Cruise shines here again not just with his acting but also with his death defying stunts.
  • On the technical level, the cinematography, editing and the score have been delectably fitting to the film’s premise and mood.
  • Though not perfect, one can’t help but admire Christopher McQuarrie’s direction. He definitely turned the tables around and I won’t be surprised if he does that again in the subsequent installments.
  • Mentioning how terrific the action choreography was, it would be too obvious and redundant to eulogise them.
  • The structure of the plot is pretty smart and the twists and turns have also been well incorporated into it. When was the last time you had 2-3 twists in a film in the span of just 5 minutes and were equally taken aback everytime!
  • 147 minutes is not a short span of time for any feature film but you won’t feel it here because you would only be pushed to the edge of your seats as time passes by.
  • MI Fallout throws inquite a lot of references from all its series’ previous films and does them with great astuteness, something which you can’t help but admire.

Negative Points: –

  • Though the basic plotline and the turnabouts have been structured well, the screenplay still leaves a lot to ask for in terms of characterisation and novelty.
  • The fact that the Indian audience were denied the experience of viewing the movie in 3D and 3D IMAX is gravely disappointing and frustrating. (This is probably the first time that I’m critical of the producers and distributors instead of the actors and technical members. Well, anyway, that’s a start!)

Direction, Screenplay and Other Technicalities: –

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To be very honest, MI Fallout doesn’t have much new to offer to the espionage genre. Be it the storyline or even the characters, we have seen them all over and over again. In spite of its conventional approach, it bestows the audience with an inexplicably scintillating and thrilling cinematic experience and sets up a ridiculously higher bar for not only its sequels but also other action movies across the globe. The action sequences have been splendidly choreographed and aptly supported in technical aspects. Rob Hardy’s cinematography is one of the strongest aspect of the entire feature. While it’s easy enough to go gaga over his camera angle choices and pan shots, it’s also interesting to note that he has used the shaky-camera technique effectively without disturbing the conspicuousness of the movements of the involved performers and props. Eddie Hamilton’s editing is taut and appropriately sleek. Lorne Balfe does a sterling work with the score of the movie and literally plays well with the audience’s emotions in accordance to the film’s tone. Not to forget the theme music of Mission Impossible which never gets old and never fails to pump you up!

Christopher McQuarrie’s direction is definitely not perfect but it’s excellent enough to not bother yourself with the flaws. As the screenwriter, one got to appreciate how he puts in multiple twists within a short time span and yet startle the viewers. If only he had made a story completely different with meaty characters, the film could have become challenging even to the non-action flicks. Nonetheless, a few emotional sequences towards the third act have been well-written. Their positive nature lies in them evading sentimentality while also being efficacious to the story, characters as well as the viewers.

Performances: –

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I’m dead sure that Tom Cruise is a vampire coz this man never ages! While he showcases his immaculate fitness and finesse in performing stunts, he also displays the actor in him sublimely towards the third act when his character confronts his estranged wife. He is arguably the backbone of MI Fallout and he unshakably lives up to the same image much to the delight of the audience and the makers.

Henry Cavil is surprisingly good in the film and makes his mark both in terms of acting and performing in action montages. However, he is reduced to a mockery at times owing to foible character development in spite of boasting of a potentially powerful character which is nothing but lamentable.

Sean Harris is denied a proper screen space once again! Nonetheless, he is terrifying as the film’s primary antagonist and evinces how dependable he can be as an actor.

Rebecca Fergusson doesn’t get much to showcase her acting chops but in terms of action, she does promise the potential of a Lady Tom Cruise and we can’t help but wish it to mature with time.

Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames provide the film its necessary comic relief. Interestingly, the latter also gets a chance to display his acting mettle in one sequence where his character asks Ilsa to back out, and boy he nails it!

Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin and Angela Basset also leave their impacts in their brief cameos. Vanessa Kirby makes a splendid cameo as the White Widow.

Final Verdict: –

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Mission Impossible Fallout is not only exhilarating but also a terrific piece of cinema-work. It sets up higher stakes for not just its own sequels but any action films that we’d be watching in future as well. It’s rare that the 6th film of any franchise can be as good as this is and it’s easily the best film of the series and also one of the best action movies of all time. The film surely has its shortcomings but they are infinitely smaller in comparison to those elements that make it wholly great. A must-watch indeed for any person who likes movies!

RATING: 4.5/5

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