Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
Over the years the Mission Impossible films have become less about story, and more about showing you that now 56-year-old Tom Cruise is still a badass. Every scene in this film seemed structured around getting him into tight spots that only his immense physicality could get him out of. Its as much a movie trope now as having Captain Kirk lose his shirt in a fight.
That being said, Tom Cruise IS the star of this franchise, and if he wants these films to be all about stunts, so be it. He does the prep work and he makes it look good. The action in this film is the ONLY reason to go see it, and that’s because Tom Cruise IS still a badass. For now, anyway.
If you remember anything after watching this film, it will be the action. The gangbusters fight scene in the men’s room, the motorcycle chase in Paris, the helicopter battle over Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan (something like that anyway, it’s not important). All great scenes, but with little to connect them narratively. They come, they go, and that great Mission Impossible theme music occasionally gets played. We think we’ve watched a cool spy thriller, but the more discerning of you out there, will want more.
That’s because beyond the stunts the rest of this film is just silly childish spy stuff. The cast try to give it weight and make everything sound super-duper important, but it never comes across that way. The many, many, twists in the plot with who has the drop on who, just get tiring, and the rest is just exposition to set up Cruise’s next daredevil stunt.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 27 min.