There haven’t been that many movies this summer that has felt like summer blockbusters. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the exception for the summer. From the awesome trailer to the sight of Tom Cruise doing even more stunts that only a madman would attempt, the hype behind this film was only matched by Avengers: Infinity War. After watching this film, Ethan Hunt might well be an Avenger and after the events of Infinity War, I think they are a few job openings.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout begins two years after the events of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Ethan Hunt’s (Cruise) new mission is to find three plutonium cores which have been stolen by a terrorist group called The Apostles, an anarchist terror group led by an alias only known as John Lark. To track down this dangerous organization, Ethan must once again work with the CIA who are less than happy to see him. After Ethan fails to retrieve the cores at the cost of his team, he must go deep undercover to find out who is Lark. Things get very dangerous when it turns out the seller is only willing to give up the cores if Ethan can capture and release one of his mortal enemies, Solomon Lane.
You know a film has hit its mark when a story keeps your interest and makes you forget its 2 ½ hour runtime. Fallout is a near perfect action film. Unlike franchises such as Fast & Furious and Transformers, Mission Impossible doesn’t feel like it’s overstayed its welcome. The action is some of the best the franchise has to offer. Maybe Tom Cruise is going to die doing these crazy stunts one of these days, but the man is always trying to find new ways to top himself. The visuals of the film are stunning, from an amazing looking HALO jump that is one of the sequences in the franchise to an intense helicopter chase in the Eastern European mountains, the action is thrilling and crisp, all the credit to action Cinematographer Rob Hardy. Henry Cavill is a standout character whose presence here is stronger here than in the last Justice League film.
The film is great in many areas but there is one place where it is noticeably lacking. The story is without a doubt engaging, it is also pretty predictable. There is a point where the film builds up this interesting angle of a double cross. The possibility of something new and fresh being thrown into the series is a big tease that gets your hopes up but then the ending is a letdown by how cliché it is. Despite the film missing the opportunity to take some risks with the story, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is still the best action film of the year. At age 56, who knows how much longer Cruise can do crazy breathtaking stunts, but as far as quality goes, Mission Impossible isn’t losing steam anytime soon.