Release date: July 27, 2018
Based on: Mission: Impossible (television show created by Bruce Geller)
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin
Budget: $178 million
Box office: $6 million (opening night)
Ethan Hunt and his team track down stolen plutonium after a mission goes awry
The sixth film in the franchise, Mission: Impossible - Fallout takes everything great about the series, puts it in a blender and adds just enough to produce a fun action film not only worthy of the Mission: Impossible name but worthy of possibly being one of the best films of 2018. As usual, the story sits alongside the stunts and action though it does not suffer. Rather, the audience is treated to a fun rollercoaster of twists and turns throughout the entire plot, with some scenes turning the tables enough times for an entire film. It’s complemented by fantastic pacing, too, throwing the audience a chance to breathe multiple times after a number of highly intense scenes. Likewise, they get just enough time to sit back and relax before the film ramps it back up and continues topping itself again and again.
The film also continues with the daring stunts and fight sequences audiences have come to expect from Cruise in his portrayal of Hunt. Whether it’s ramming into an armored truck at high speeds, a brutal clash in a men’s room or dangling from the payload of a helicopter, it all adds to the overall fun of seeing this film. Further, none of it feels as if it was added on simply to amaze the audience. Instead, it all fits perfectly well into the story’s framework and comes off as if it’s something the characters actually need to do in order to complete their mission.
Additionally, the film has some great acting coming from everyone. However there is one scene which stands out in particular. The characters branch off into three different directions and there’s a wide range of acting in each of them. Luther gets a few peaceful moments breaking up the intensity of what’s going on with the other actors and it’s easy to hear the quiet desperation coming from Rhames. Pegg is still great comedic relief in his delivery of his lines alongside his body language. Still, he shows his diversity well when he has to join the action.
It’s a must-see film for anyone, whether they’re a fan of the series as a whole or simply love some good action.