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Published August 14th 2018
Action on steroids - delivered with a touch of humour
Mission: Impossible Fallout is the sixth instalment of the espionage-action franchise.
The, obviously impossible, mission that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to accept, is to recover three plutonium cores before Solomon Lark (Sean Harris) and a terrorist organisation known as the Apostles can use them to target the Vatican, Jerusalem, and Mecca in a single coordinated attack. Why would Lark and the Apostles perpetrate such a dastardly deed? Because "out of war, truly destructive war, comes genuine peace"...... Wowsers!
Audiences were introduced to the Mission Impossible franchise in 1996 when a television series, with the same title, was brought to the big screen. The films generally follow a set espionage-action formula: a world-devastating threat perpetrated by an evil, if not psychotic character; a fragile political environment requiring a covert operation; multiple dramatic chase scenes set against magnificent scenery; spine-tingling stunts, many performed personally by Cruise; and brain-bending technology used to circumvent ridiculous obstacles and fool the baddies into giving up the goods.
However, the true genius of these films is the tongue-in-cheek underscore. While Cruise plays the role of Hunt with a level of gravitas appropriate to the character his core support team Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) ensure your feet remain planted in reality, sprinkling the movie with humour and whimsy. The introduction of Pegg to the franchise, in my opinion, was a stroke of genius. I smile just looking at that guy, and his beautifully understated British humour is a wonderful counterpoint to the over-the-top America-saves-the-world action.
Cruise is absolutely perfect for the role of Hunt. Handsome? Well, only 5 minutes into the film, my much younger friend, turned to me and said, "OMG he's looking old" ....... I replied with an appropriately timed death-stare! In my view, Hunt, with a little age, looked distinguished and appropriately worn by the world saving burden he carries. Even if grey hair and wrinkles are starting to show, Cruise is still crazily fit and throws every ounce of his boundless energy and zeal into this role. This is a physical role with crazy stunts and Cruise's commitment to an authentic performance makes the film.
The action scenes with Cruise are non-stop, taking you on a whirlwind tour of Paris, London, and Kashmir. We see all the usual stunts: jumping out windows, free climbing up sheer cliff faces, and surviving both impressive inner-city motor-bike chase scenes and hand-to-hand combat with ridiculously ripped bad-guys. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie saved the most impressive scenery and action scene for the end; the outrageously impossible, yet impressively sequenced helicopter-on-helicopter combat scene is an absolute blast.
While Hunt's physicality is impressive his most appealing trait is his ever-present moral conscience. Hunt is driven to risk all to save the world or protect his team and he is ever faithful to the women in his life. It is the exploration of these traits that brings real heart to Mission: Impossible Fallout. We are reintroduced Hunt's ex-wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan), previously seen in Mission: Impossible III and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and his present love interest Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), introduced in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. If Hunt was attractive already, his love and loyalty for these women seals the deal. Unlike the other well known espionage-action character... Bond, Hunt doesn't play the field or engage in spicy dalliances. You have to love that!
If you love superbly choreographed action, impressive stunts and a plot that twists and turn, all delivered with a healthy dose of humour .......Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a must.