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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

Spoilers below:

The trailers for Mission Impossible: Fallout promised a fun, tense new addition to the MI franchise, a promise that they followed up on wholeheartedly. I absolutely loved this film and I must admit I found it hard to criticise. This film is nearly 2.5 hours long, a fact which I didn’t really feel watching it. It isn’t a breezy film, but there is definitely lots to digest and take in with this film due to the dense nature of it and it seems to go by fairly quick for what it is.

Fallout picks up after the last film, with Ethan Hunt being forced to unravel Solomon Lane’s network of anarchistic terrorists and stop the detonation of 3 plutonium powered bombs. Joining him on his mission are Luthor (Ving Rhames),Benji (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). Henry Cavill’s August Walker also joins the team, providing the reluctant Hunt with a partner who seems entirely incompetent. This incompetence is, of course, merely a guise for Walker’s villainous turn when it is revealed that he is in fact the anarchist John Lark, and has been attempting to frame Hunt all along!

When talking about Mission Impossible it is difficult not to mention the music, as it is just so damn good. The classic MI theme is obviously back but the film utilises a lack of music just as well. The brutal bathroom brawl between Walker, Hunt and ostensibly John Lark has no music, which adds a raw brutality to the scene. Every punch is felt and the tense and visceral nature of the fight makes for an epic scene. Also the part where Henry Cavill shotgun cocks his arms is just the best. The film is essentially non-stop action with the second act vehicle chase going on for what seems forever. Never once is it boring or unengaging though, as Director Christopher Mcquarrie knows how to break up and pace an action scene.

Speaking of brutal realism, Tom Cruise proves in this film that his dedication to stunts is second to none, as even at 56 he is still leaping from buildings. In one of these stunts he broke his ankle, but decided to keep going and even left the take in the finished film. The fact that at 56 he is fitter than I probably ever will be is disheartening though. Alec Baldwin’s Alan Hunley is also killed off, which adds even more of an impetus for Hunt to bring down Henry Cavill’s Walker, while also providing an ironic moment as Hunley had just started do enjoy and understand the work of the IMF, which was a surprise sign of his demise.

The film brings back the MI staple of masks, with a thoroughly enjoyable ruse being pulled near the start to obtain the passcode to a phone. Said ruse even has a pretend room with collapsible walls, and the walls being pulled down adds to the “gotcha” sense that you feel towards the minor antagonist. The final helicopter scene was also superb, and when paired with the bomb diffusion and Ilsa vs Lane fight scene is truly tense. The bombs are defused at the last second, and I must admit my heart was pounding during this scene. The parallel bomb defusal scene was also great, as it really added to the time limit you feel watching it.

Surprisingly the film also brings back Tom Cruise’s affinity for climbing sheer rock walls as first witnessed in MI:2. I honestly found the film hard to criticise, but if I had one complaint it would be that if you haven’t seen the other films you may struggle a bit to understand the convoluted plot and returning villains, while also robbing you of any sense of camaraderie between these characters, but that does not stop you enjoying the superb action scenes and the insane stunts.

Verdict: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and would give it a solid 9 out of 10, with it being one of my top films of this year thus far

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