Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
Seveno Rating: 6/10
I should probably start by saying that I cannot stand Tom Cruise. Honestly, there is nothing that I like about him. I don’t think he’s a very good actor, I don’t like his beliefs, and I don’t like his face. So going to see this film was already a struggle. Add to that the fact that this film is essentially Tom Cruise: The Movie, and consider yourselves warned that this review may read a tad negatively, in spite of my okay rating.
Mission Impossible: Fallout has a pretty complex plot, but I’ll try and outline it as clearly and succinctly as possible.
The film picks up two years after Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF team captured Solomon Lane (Harris). Over this time, we learn that Lane’s Syndicate of rogue spies (now renamed the Apostles) are still at large, and Hunt is sent to Berlin to intercept their new leader, known as John Lark. Lark is planning on obtaining three very powerful plutonium cores – cores which Hunt lost when he chose to save Luther (Rhames) instead of defend them – to use in terrorist attacks across the world. Against Ethan’s wishes, he is forced to team up with CIA agent August Walker (Cavill), and together they attempt to unmask the mysterious John Lark and stop these attacks before its too late.
It is a bit of a struggle to keep up in this film, as there were so many twists and turns, that weren’t shocking enough to be exciting, but were confusing enough to feel unnecessary. It does help, if you decide to watch this film, if you have some knowledge of earlier MI movies, otherwise you may be a tad lost.
There are some really good action sequences in this film, for example Ethan’s race through Paris on a motorcycle, or the tense helicopter-chase through snowcapped mountains. There are also some really interesting shots (there is one that comes to mind, where the camera follows Ilsa Faust [Ferguson] through pillars and trees in the Jardin du Palais Royal). It is a perfectly satisfying action film, it ticks all the boxes, so if you just want to sit back and mindlessly watch people shooting at each other and chasing each other through cities or buildings or mountains, then please do go and see it, it’s very entertaining. Or, if you love the Mission Impossible franchise, then the film lives up to expectations, with enough action, enough twists, and enough Tom Cruise to keep you happy.
However, Fallout is just like every other Mission Impossible film, two and a half hours of Tom Cruise showing off. And hats of to him, he does look great for his age and the fact that he continues to pull off all these impressive stunts is, well, impressive. But it may be a more interesting film if it was less about Tom Cruise and more about an enthralling plot. Or, indeed, if instead of Mr Cruise saving the day, there was a shock disaster ending as the mission does turn out to be impossible after all. Now wouldn’t that be fabulous.
But yeah, this film is fine. Nothing particularly memorable or marvellous about it, but it’s entertaining, and it serves its purpose wonderfully. I didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it for what it was, and it entertained me.