IN WHAT IS, essentially, a single long chase sequence, Mission Impossible: Fallout is, hands down, the most adrenaline pumping action movie for the last few years. From a no-holds barred fight in a Men’s Room to a wild motorcycle chase against the flow in busy downtown traffic to a demented helicopter shootout, Director/writer and ex-detective Chris McQuarrie (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation; Jack Reacher and the writer of Edge of Tomorrow) has dramatically upped the ante on great action set pieces.
As he always does in these – very varied – M.I stories, Tom Cruise, looking none of his 55+ years (There must be a Dorian Grey picture of him in some Scientology vault) throws himself into the maelstrom with gung-ho abandon. He runs, leaps tall buildings, scales un-scalable cliffs and whizzes through some of Europe’s most scenic locations, all seen in a heart-pounding blur.
The relentless pulse of kinetic drive is made all the more thrilling by Lorne Balfe’s (The Crown, Pacific Rim) outstanding sound track and his gorgeous reinterpretation of Lalo Schifrin’s well-known melody.
The convoluted story of multiple deceptions and untrustworthy allies doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But then, if you came to a M.I movie expecting “sense”, you’re in the wrong place. The basic plot follows Ethan and his trusty crew (Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg) as they track down some stolen nuclear devices and a mysterious arch criminal, John Lane. Along the way, they run into a “fixer” – the White Widow – underplayed by an underused Vanessa Kerby (Princess Margaret from The Crown), a CIA hit man (Henry Cavill. far more convincing than he ever was as Superman), multiple anonymous thugs and his fellow M.I BFF, Rebecca Ferguson.
(Of that lot, only Ving is American. Even the villain –Sean Harris- in a Brit. Than you Tom. We’ll need to like of you even more after Brexit)
There are no damsels in distress here. These women all kick-ass in ways that would make most macho men shrivel.
It is reported that Cruise does all (most?) of his stunts. And in the filming of this movie, he broke his ankle (and shut down production for three months). This craziness/mania on his part certainly pays off: nothing looks fake. You really feel that Cruise/Ethan Hunt is genuinely fighting against the wind and clambering aboard a flying helicopter. Because (no doubt with “strings” attached) he probably was.
Can’t wait for M.I. 7. Or is it 17?
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT. Dir: Christopher McQuarrie. With: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kerby. Cinematographer: Rob Hardy (Annihilation). Composer: Lorne Balfe (Churchill. Ghost in the Shell) Production designer: Peter Wenham (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)