Tuesday, July 31, 2018

[Review] Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Tom Cruise runs, dives, and jumps again in the 6th(!) installment of the Mission: Impossible series. M:I - Fallout is an explosive and shifty operation that successfully delivers on pretty much everything you could want in a modern action blockbuster.

Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is back to work, along with his trusty and crafty comrades (played by Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Rebecca Ferguson). Early on, Hunt joins forces with a high-ranking assassin (played by a gloriously mustachioed Henry Cavill - he's fantastic here, and it's refreshing to see him in action outside of DC's stiff and brooding Superman movies) in order to thwart a nuclear bombing plot orchestrated by the villainous mastermind Solomon Lane (Sean Harris, great).

M:I 6 is one of those action flicks that is just so well-executed in all aspects. The script (penned by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie - who also directs this) is a slick one, packed with sly and quippy dialogue. The narrative pummels along with a great sense of momentum. And fittingly, this thing is full of enough nifty twists, reveals, and double crosses to keep you on your feet. The cinematography is commendable, as well. This isn't a film that just aims to get the job done; it wants to look awesome while doing it. There are some really stunning images here -- breathtaking even -- especially with its use of grandiose scenery. And of the course there's the all-so-pivotal action sequences -- from bathroom brawls, to gripping motorcycle chases, to helicopter clashes, to an exhilarating mountainside climax. And I won't go into too much detail about the parallels, but if you get some major Dark Knight vibes from this film, you'd be right to think that way.

Between Fallout's intense choreography and flashy camerawork, each death-defying spectacle is so masterfully rendered. And considering that every scene is essentially a race against the clock, there's an ever-present sense of thrilling urgency, even though we know in the back of our minds that Hunt is gonna pull it off. That's an impressive feat.

* 9/10 *

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