Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Film Review

By Joan Alperin

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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In Mission: Impossible - Fallout, we find Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF team joining forces with CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill) to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.

Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

The film opens with Ethan in a tough place. He has made a mistake and is encountering elements from his past that have emotional resonance. This is a different Ethan then in past films, he's not just kicking butt, he's also doing a lot of soul searching.

Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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As with other films in the Mission: Impossible franchise, the film is filled with car chases, amazing stunts (still performed by Cruise,) edge-of-your-seat tension, surprises, and thrills. But it also has a depth when it comes to Ethan's character that we haven't seen before, and Cruise manages to nail all of the different emotional levels. This time around, director Christopher McQuarrie was eager to explore a darker and more human side of Ethan Hunt. He wanted to be more inside his head and feel his connection with other people. The title refers not only to nuclear fallout but also to the fallout of all of Ethan's good intention. He has walked into a situation beyond his control and he has to go through it even though he knows he's being manipulated.

Also back is Sean Harris as Solomon Lane (the Rogue Nation villain) who is now seeking revenge for what Ethan did to him in the previous film. Lane blames Ethan for destroying everything he had built, and views Ethan as a villain.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout opens on Friday July 27th. If you are a fan of big-budget action films, you won't want to miss it.

Posted By Joan Alperin on July 25, 2018 12:43 pm | Permalink