For the first time in a very long time, this movie made me genuinely believe these characters were going to die. Sure, Avengers: Infinity War was to feature an inevitable character death or twenty, but even then, we have faith that next year’s installment is bound to have a happy ending. With the latest Mission: Impossible, a franchise that started as a mid budgeted spy thriller but eventually evolved into high-octane action extravaganza, the thrills are real. This isn’t some cheap, artificial fast food feeling movie. This is the real deal. And for a lot of it, the stakes felt real.
While I was fond of each new Mission: Impossible film bringing to the table a new director, and hence a new style of filmmaking, it’s soon made abundantly clear that Christopher McQuarrie, of Usual Suspects and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation fame, was the perfect man for the job. This is action at its finest. His grasp on both the story and the visuals showcase an unbridled talent as a filmmaker. Fallout not only brings with it all the charm and excitement we’ve come to hope for in a film like this, but it dives deep into the psyche of our long standing protagonist, unraveling what makes him tick.
However, once you get past this brief but impactful opening, Fallout is a nonstop adrenaline rush that never even tries to pull its punches. By the time you get to the single take HALO jump, followed promptly by an unfathomably brutal bathroom brawl, you’ll be struggling not to fall in love with the insanity this film has hidden beneath the surface. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is one hell of a movie. Sooner or later, Tom Cruise is going to meet his demise filming one of these all-practical stunts, but until that day arrives, it’s best to sit back, relax, and take in his gracious gifts to the world.
So not only does this film deliver all the thrills and edge of your seat insanity you’ve come to expect, but it explores rich themes and personal character motivations rarely seen in movies like these. Mission: Impossible – Fallout takes your basic spy movie and rejuvenates it, and there’s not a weak link to be found in the entire cast or crew. The cinematography is beautiful, the performances are dedicated, and Henry Cavill’s beard is mighty fine. A woman next to me gasped every time he was on screen and honestly, I don’t blame her. This was worth fudging a CGI Superman over.
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