Though years pass in-between the Agent Ethan Hunt missions, once the familiar theme music plays, we are right back in his world. This is the sixth time for avid movie-going fans, and in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, there’s more international travel and plenty of danger!
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) Film Review
Life for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has been a series of near death experiences; and saying goodbye to someone he loves. But the sacrifices he makes help protect the defenseless. Ethan’s latest mission alongside Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) goes wrong, and the trio loses the plutonium they were tasked to recover. In the aftermath of his capture – by Ethan, the gang discovers they must break him out of prison in order to complete the mission.
Through it all, they must work with a ruthless CIA agent (Henry Cavill), and the gang unexpectedly tangles again with assassin, Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Fergunson).
I haven’t seen the entirety of this movie series, but I have seen the three newest, and each is entertaining. For those who have been with the series from day one to today, there’s a nice reunion story that I suspect does give closure. What’s most incredible (or maybe incredulous?) about ‘Fallout’ is its stunts. Of course, we all know a M:I movie isn’t a legit installment without high-stakes action, but this one? Well, this one seems a bit more impossible.
The sequence in this vein that will stick most with you is the helicopter chase. In part this is because it’s the “final” big scene, and also because it’s the most incredulous stunt coordination you’ll see in this entire film. It’s one of those scenes that will get our adrenaline pumping while simultaneously making us aware of the impossibility of it all! Still, they’re fun to watch, and it’s also cool to know Cruise has long said he does most of his own stunts. Jeremy Renner is sorely missed, but we get to see Henry Cavill who is always a great fit for this sort of action-er role.
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What I enjoy most about this is the sense of teamwork and camaraderie. Of course, this is strong because partners Luther and Ethan continue to work together. Benji came along later, and Ilsa is a new addition, but despite the shifts towards a bigger ensemble, these retain their sense of trust in teamwork. This helps to add framework to the story, plus adds that “personal” character depth.
When all is said and done, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is exciting and entertaining. Rebecca Ferguson is a fascinating character, and I’m glad she’s back; and Tom Cruise IS the heroic Ethan Hunt. It’s a globe-trotting adventure that’s perfect for armchair thrill seekers. There’s action, adventure and a little bit of romance. Romance doesn’t play a pertinent role, but the minor injections of it fits beautiful with the story, and more importantly with Ethan Hunt’s character.
If you enjoy this series or like anything Tom Cruise appears in, you’d like M:I 6. It’s an entertaining adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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