Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Like The NeverEnding Story before it, Mission: Impossible continues to dominate the field of inaccurately named movies. Unlike The NeverEnding Story, Mission: Impossible keeps its high quality consistent into the sixth entry of this summer staple.
This year’s contribution is Mission: Impossible – Fallout. I am incredibly tempted to make a pun about all of the various vehicles that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) falls out of, but that would be basic of me. The truth is that gravity is nearly a character itself in this fast-paced action flick that succeeds in keeping the audience on its toes.
Picking up just where Rogue Nation left off, Hunt is instantly given his next mission, should he choose to accept it. Categorical bad guy Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) is finally behind bars, and a new branch of criminal underbelly has emerged in this vacuum. This syndicate, known as The Apostles, have the opportunity to get their mitts on three units of plutonium, and Hunt is just the guy to stop them.
Very quickly, however, something goes wrong. During the nuclear handoff, Hunt is given a single instant to choose between his team and the mission. Being the swell guy that he is, he chooses his team, and the plutonium falls into the wrong hands.
This turns out to be the recurring theme of Fallout. What happens when you need to choose between your team and your mission? The new director of IMF (Alec Baldwin) admires Hunt for his loyalty to the team and ability to adapt a plan while completing the mission. His emotions are a strength. But to the CIA (represented by Angela Bassett), his refusal to follow orders at all cost is a liability, and she nominates a babysitter (Henry Cavill) to keep an eye on Hunt. A little internal tension never hurts in an action film, so with this new team assembled they all head to Paris to get that plutonium back.
Hitting its stride early, Mission: Impossible – Fallout then settles into its rhythm of gliding from one action set-piece to the next. Hunt runs and jumps across rooftops. He gets into shootouts and yells a lot. Name nearly any vehicle, and it’s very likely that he has a chase in it, and crashes it. There is nothing that man cannot do.
Beyond the physical demands of the film, Fallout has Hunt as the grand wizard behind the entire world of the film. He’s always two steps ahead of the bad guys and his own bosses. Watching the movie, and having a sense of ease with this maestro in charge, is a way to add some sense of relaxation between all of the incredible car chases and tense standoffs.
You likely already know how the plot will end, but that’s not the point of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. You watch it for the action and for Tom Cruise, and the movie delivers on both fronts.