Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Time Out says
Hang on to your hats: Ethan Hunt’s back, better and bolder than ever
Tom Cruise is 56 years old. Fifty. Six. And he’s been making Mission: Impossible movies for 22 of those 56 years. By all rights, Fallout, his sixth high-flying mission, should be to M:I what A View to a Kill was to Roger Moore’s Bond (Moore being only a year older than Cruise is when he made his final 007): tired, creaky and a bit embarrassing.
Astonishingly, however, the opposite is true. This is easily the best, slickest and most daring Mission: Impossible installment. Not only that, it’s the finest action movie of the year so far. The bait-and-switching, double-crossing plot twists and twists again, with Hunt still haunted by his now-incarcerated Rogue Nation nemesis Solomon Lane (a superbly creepy Sean Harris) and dealing with the global terrorist power vacuum left by Lane’s capture, but you won’t care with all the sinew-straining spectacle on show.
This is thanks largely to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. Being the first director to return for a second go at the franchise, he brings a sense of continuity hitherto lacking. Fallout is a direct sequel to Rogue Nation, bringing back most of the key players and upping the stakes from the most knowing of perspectives. McQuarrie also builds on the last film’s self-aware level of wit and, most importantly, its set-piece-crafting sophistication.
No action sequence is allowed to peter out, or be chopped to ribbons in the edit, or lean on the crutch of CG augmentation. From a frantic Parisian chase to a brutal brawl in a loo to the climactic mountain-skimming helicopter fight, it’s fantastically executed throughout. And it pays just enough attention to physics to make you feel like it all could really be happening.
Then, of course, you have Cruise at the heart of the maelstrom. Like, really there. If there are switches to doubles, they are ingeniously hidden. This guy commits to an insane degree, and in mainstream entertainment terms, Fallout is up there with his best work. If he keeps McQuarrie on board, we’d happily see him do six more missions. We’re sure he could hack it.
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FALLOUT is without doubt one of the top ten action films in the history of cinema. Picks up two years after ROGUE NATION with the Syndicate changing it's name to The Apostles.
FALLOUT is the most self-aware of all the Mission films with strong references to De Palma's original.
Vanessa Kirby's arms dealer is most likely Vanessa Redgraves daughter with Kirby taking over Redgraves organization.
The fake hospital scene is a direct homage to the fake hotel scene that opens MI1.
FALLOUT expands on the universe created in the earlier versions with stunning action in-camera set-pieces that will stand the test of time.
For MI7 I think it will be a good idea to get a different director as all the tropes and action has been done to death.
Repeating the same action from the previous 6 films will lead to sequel fatigue. A Mission film more in tune to sci-fi spy-bending tropes that the tv series did so well would be a good direction to head into. I love action just as the next guy but the action scenes have been taken to the limit and beyond in FALLOUT. It's time to take the franchise on a different course to avoid burnout.
Will be watching FALLOUT again on the cinema screen before purchasing the Blu-ray.
FALLOUT falls into the Christopher Nolan school of filmmaking.
Time to release John Woo's 3 cut of MI2!!