Mission: Impossible – Fallout is in cinemas and its already being heralded as this summer’s best action movie. The praise and accolades certainly deserve despite this being the sixth instalment of the franchise. In fact, it’s hard to believe that the fuse of this film franchise was lit over twenty years ago.
But that is ultimately the beauty of the Mission: Impossible franchise, it has just gotten better over time. Fronted by Tom Cruise, the series is arguably the best action movie franchise at the moment and there’s no doubt the success of it all is down to Cruise himself.
At age 56, the action star continues to push the envelope when it comes to action. And Cruise repeatedly puts it all on the line throughout Fallout by jumping over rooftops, out of planes, riding superbikes through traffic and hanging out of helicopters.
In the age where actors show up and ‘act’ in front of blue and green screens, Cruise is one of the few who still delivers old school action sequences on film, and this has no doubt contributed to Fallout’s success.
Although the action is top notch – in fact it comes fast and furious allowing moviegoers only moments to breathe – what makes the film work is also down to the storyline crafted on screen by director Christopher McQuarrie. Providing a bridge between Rogue Nation, Fallout sees Ethan Hunt and his team going on a global wild goose chase to recover stolen plutonium.
However, typical of any Mission: Impossible film, the mission at hand is easier said than done, especially with plot twists and new characters in the midst. The return of Isla Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) adds a familiar dimension to the film, continuing their story arc with Hunt from Rogue Nation.
Hunt’s main supporters, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) are on hand as well as is Julia Hunt (Michelle Monaghan) providing a nice linkage with Hunt’s character development in the franchise.
That said, the best inclusion in Fallout is undoubtedly Henry Cavill who portrays CIA agent August Walker who joins Hunt on this adventure. Playing a character that’s darker and more brutish, Cavill is in his element as the muscle of the group and shows more depth compared to anything we’ve seen him in the last few years.
As far as the film goes, the moment the opening credits play, Fallout takes moviegoers on an epic roller coaster ride to exotic locations around the world. It repeatedly peppers you with great action sequences, stylish set pieces and action as well as humour. To say that it will leave you at the edge of your seat is an understatement. And that’s why Fallout is arguably this year’s best action movie you’ll pay for. In fact you might even do it twice.
Popcorn Rating: Sweet, Fresh, Familiar