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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Film Review) – It’s Great, But It Had The Potential To Be Exceptional

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an action film produced, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is the second Mission: Impossible film that has had Christopher McQuarrie in the director’s chair and it is a movie that serves as being the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise as well as a sequel to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role as Ethan Hunt in Fallout and he is part of a cast where Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson all reprise their roles from previous movies in this franchise. Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett and Henry Cavill are the newcomers to the cast. The story of Fallout centres on Ethan Hunt and his team who must deal with the interference of August Walker (Henry Cavill), a CIA assassin who has been tasked to monitor Hunt and his team after a failed mission.

My Expectations For Mission: Impossible – Fallout

For me, the Mission: Impossible franchise starts with Mission: Impossible 3. The first Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible 2 are pretty bad films in my opinion and I completely disregard them. However, I think every movie after those two in this franchise gets progressively better in quality. Indeed, I believe that the pinnacle of this series is Rogue Nation which was such a fun, entertaining action film. In terms of pure entertainment, I like Mission: Impossible 3, really like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and love Rogue Nation.

As you can imagine, my hopes and expectations for Fallout were incredibly high. Indeed, some of the reviews stated that this was not only the best instalment in the franchise but one of the best action movies ever made. This praise really made me excited to see the film. If Fallout was able to top Rogue Nation, I would be ecstatic as I would have seen one of the best films of 2018 so far.

My Thoughts On Mission: Impossible – Fallout

For me, while this is one of a number of great films I have seen so far in 2018, Fallout is not better than Rogue Nation. But, I do prefer it over Ghost Protocol and it gets really close to being the best film in this franchise. From an entertainment standpoint, I had an absolute great time watching Fallout from beginning to end. Clearly, a Mission: Impossible movie is going to heavily rely on action to keep its audience entertained and I would contest that the action and cinematography in Fallout are the best that we have ever seen in this franchise.

Simon Pegg as Benji, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Ving Rhames as Luther in Mission Impossible Fallout

Visually, the film is gripping and the fight choreography and action set-pieces are beautifully shot and executed to their fullest potential. Story-wise, Fallout also gives us what I would probably consider to be the most layered plot so far in this franchise which I really appreciated as it made the movie compelling. Performance-wise, everyone in the cast delivers. While there are a couple of clunky-lines of dialogue scattered throughout Fallout, this is more of a minor script nit-pick rather than a cast problem.

Tom Cruise is, as always, great as Ethan Hunt and Hunt is humanised in this film when it comes to his relationships which was good to see from a dramatic perspective. I loved the expanded role that Ving Rhames had in Fallout and a scene he had with Rebecca Ferguson was a particular highlight in this regard. Ferguson herself, just like in Rogue Nation, is exceptional and Simon Pegg is a great focal point for the majority of the humour in Fallout.

A Great Movie That Could Have Been Exceptional

All of the things listed above make Fallout a great film and just behind Rogue Nation as my second favourite movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise. However, it could have been so much better than it was. Sadly, Fallout has the same problem as every movie in this franchise; I was never made to feel as though the characters were in any real danger or that there were any real consequences.

Henry Cavill as August Walker in Mission Impossible Fallout

What made this even more painful was the fact that there are times when Fallout has glorious chances to subvert, glorious chances to go dark and bold in its narrative. But, it goes the other way every single time and the entire opening of the film is a prime example of this which really bummed me out. It made me longing for Fallout to have more consequences but it fails in this regard. The movie is what you expect when it comes to the overall final outcome which is a shame.

Still, that major gripe is the only one I have. Fallout is, overall, a great film that could have been amazing but Fallout is absolutely worth your time at the cinema. All I hope for the future of this franchise is that the storyline in the next film subverts what you would expect from a Mission: Impossible film when it comes to the outcome of its story.

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