• James Hewlett

Mission: Impossible Fallout


Last night we went to see the most recent M:I film, Fallout. It's the first one I've seen in theatres since three, so twelve years ago! I'm really really glad we did, this film needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible!

I've really enjoyed rewatching all of the movies in the series leading up to this one. We didn't go crazy and binge them all over a couple of days, we did it over five or six weeks, and that felt exactly right.

I may have some recency bias and not feel this way after some more time to digest, but at the moment I think Fallout may be my favourite of the bunch. If not the best film in the series, it certainly is the most. I don't have vernacular to properly describe what I mean by that but I hope you get what I mean. There is more in this movie than any of the others, sure it is a little longer, but the run time isn't what I mean. It's jam packed from start to finish with 'Mission: Impossibling.' The plot is fine, but it really just serves as a means of going from one crazy and exciting action scene or set piece to another or into a cool high tech espionage sequence. In most films that would be pretty weak and leave you exhausted, bored and wanting something more, the Michael Bay effect if you will, but somehow with all the films since the third one Tom Cruise, Bad Robot and the chosen directors have pulled of the, excuse the pun, impossible and made that formula not just work but shine!

Fallout is the truest follow on from a previous film so far in the series, bringing back Christopher McQuarrie writing and directing as well as the villain from Rogue Nation. I think this was a really great move as we already know the dangers this guy presents to the world and how he is involved in the plot is very cleaver. Other returning members of the cast are series regulars Ving Rhames, who's Luther Stickle has been around since the first one and in this film we get a deeper understanding of just how close he and Cruise's Ethan Hunt are and have been for years, and Simon Pegg's Benji who has steadily grown from comic relief to an ass kicking member of the team in each of the films he's been in.

For the first time in the series history, despite having really great female members of the team in three and four, this movie brings back Rebecca Furguson's Ilsa Faust who continues to play in the grey area between protagonist and antagonist.

I'm not going to go into any plot details but the film does a great job alluding to, referencing and paying off aspects from each one of the previous films in the series. It's really fun to pick up on these details having just recently watched them all but the movie also works on it's own. Rogue Nation would be recommended viewing before hand, but isn't essential.

How often is it that the sixth film in a franchise is arguably the best and the movies keep on improving? It's a rare thing that the alien living inside Tom Cruise has been able to pull off and sucky life choices and horrible beliefs aside, I take my hat off to him...? It.

On one hand this felt very much like a finale, a last grand hurrah for the IMF or at least this incarnation, but on the other hand McQuarrie and Cruise seem to be having a lot of fun ramping up the stakes every time and Xenu be damned that man does not seem like he's slowing down any time soon so maybe this was just the end of a chapter and they'll come back for more. We'll just have to wait and see.

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