‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ is a deceptively clever sequel

‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ is a deceptively clever sequel

‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ is a deceptively clever sequel
August 04
23:53 2018

For 22 years, Tom Cruise has been headlining the “Mission Impossible” films. With six now to his name, one wonders whether or not the franchise, as well as Cruise, has run its course with the given material.

While the franchise has never been below decent in any of its outings, they’ve always come off like an American-made, poor man’s James Bond series of films. And while this is glaringly obvious, Cruise has dedicated time and faith in the franchise to distinguish itself from its inspirations.

This is no less a present mentality in the latest outing, “Mission Impossible: Fallout.”

“Fallout” carries on unfinished plot threads that were present in the previous film, “Rogue Nation,” in which Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), a former MI6 agent gone-rogue, infiltrates government organizations and wreaks terrorist havoc on the world by converting agents to his cause. Here, Lane is back at it and plans on detonating two nuclear bombs in western Asia. After Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) dismantles the rogue nation, a few remaining terrorists remain under the name “The Apostles” and continue their goal toward a government-less anarchy, believing it’s the governmental systems that are to blame for the self-destructive nature of mankind.

“Fallout” is without a doubt the sleekest, most competently produced film in the franchise to date. Furthermore, it’s darker and more imposing than any of its inspirations as well. While the plot is not wholly original — considering this is essentially the same kind of plot as the the second, fourth and fifth films — it still has enough of its own DNA to feel original. It continues plot threads from previous films, but scene-to-scene, it’s a visual treat, the action is stunningly above most summer block busters and the moral limits of Cruise’s Hunt are uncomfortably called into question expertly.

The supporting cast also return from previous installments. Simon Pegg’s Benji, Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa, Ving Rhames’ Luther and even a surprise cameo from Michelle Monaghan’s Julia, who played Cruise’s wife in the third film, are all well-written, competently acted characters. I particularly enjoyed Henry Cavill’s Walker as one of the secondary antagonists. He and Hunt play extremely well off each other, and no screen time feels wasted between the two of them. Cavill fits in the franchise well and is a worthy addition to the legacy of cast members.

While it’s without a doubt an incredibly exhilarating ride, the film is mercilessly convoluted and riddled with plot twists that don’t pay off because of cheap misdirection. This is forgivable once or twice within a film, but here, “Fallout” uses this method as a crutch to make sense far too often, and I constantly felt like my suspense of disbelief was stretched a little too thin.

The film is slightly too long, coming in at an astonishing two and a half hours long. This is to the films detriment because the third act loses its wicked smart and professionally methodical pace for an all-out sprint to save the world. While these final scenes are excellent, they battle with the tone and writing of the first two acts. The stakes are also extremely high, which is not inherently a bad thing, but it runs the risk of “jumping the shark” in its inevitable next film — not everything needs to be so massively high stakes.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” feels modern, from it’s stellar action to its modern rendition of the classic theme song. It’s well acted and feels different enough to feel like a benchmark in spy thrillers. It’s length and disjointed acts are a disappointment for sure, and the writing is needlessly filled with betrayals and cheap plot twists, but perhaps that is more indicative of the genre’s age and tropes rather than the script itself. Either way, I still managed to enjoy it from start to finish.

My Rating: 4/5 

Featured Image: Courtesy “Mission Impossible: Fallout” Facebook

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  1. priya
    priya August 06, 05:01

    The film stays pretty grounded not just because most of these things were done practically, but also the films shooting style. It has a very unique look for a modern day Hollywood blockbuster with its glowing highlights, and pronounced film grain.

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