DIRECTOR: Christopher McQuarrie
CAST: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson.
Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is back in the 6th installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, Fallout.
For the first in this spy film series, the previous director returns for another go round. Christopher McQuarrie comes back into the fold after delivering the fantastic Rogue Nation. One of the things that I enjoyed about this franchise the most is that each director got to put his own spin on it, each one given a giant toy box of latex spy mask reveals and crazy stunts to string together. This time under McQuarrie’s eye, he gets the chance to attempt what other “superhero” film directors often get the to do. Just like Sam Raimi, Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer and their comic book sequels, McQuarrie gets a second bite at the apple and turns everything up a notch, now that he’s laid down the foundation.
This is absolutely fantastic spy adventure film. Ethan Hunt, along with Simon Pegg’s “Benji” and of course Ving Rhames’ “Luther”, are on the trail of missing plutonium being purchased by the remaining members of the spy organization from the last film. The mission gets put into jeopardy when Ethan has to choose between stopping the bad guys or saving his friends, and of course Ethan saves his friends.
This puts the Impossible Mission Force in a tough position to try to straighten out this situation before matters get worse.
Angela Bassett portrays the head of the CIA, and she assigns her top agent played by Superman himself Henry Cavill as “Walker” to team with Ethan on this next mission and make sure it actually gets completed. Their two completely different styles of accomplishing the same goals becomes very evident right off the bat. Ethan is a thinker who wants to plan out all the moves and improvises when the need arises. Walker is a blunt force who goes after what he wants and he doesn’t let anything stop him. This pairing made for a great amount of friction between the two characters. Rebecca Ferguson also returns as the dangerous “Ilsa Faust”, who’s interaction in the mission adds another level of obstacles to deal with.
No Mission Impossible movie would be complete without the big over the top stunts that Tom Cruise is becoming so well known for, and this movie does not disappoint one bit. There’s a particular sequence involving Ethan Hunt jumping from a plane that is especially thrilling. This movie is filled with twists, turns, humor, and ridiculous amounts of suspense. The plot does get a tad bit convoluted, but that’s par for the course when it comes to this franchise.
That being said, the movie is still unbelievably fun with beautifully filmed, non stop action scenes, some great big in camera stunts, and some nice character development from everyone involved. There’s also very nice nods to the previous films, yes even Mission Impossible 2. This is probably one of the very best Mission Impossible movies and one of the best films of the year. It’s unbelievable that this is the 6th movie in and it’s still doing work at this level. If you are a fan of the other Mission Impossible movies or if you just like a big bombastic action movies shot on old school film with a lots of stunts and effects done practically, then this will be a great time at the theaters for you (especially in 3D). I highly recommended Mission Impossible Fallout.
4.5 out of 5 stars