The sixth instalment of Mission Impossible goes back to its earlier films, entertaining old fans while simultaneously introducing itself to the new. The cast are, by this point, a well oiled and energetic team building on their relationships – Luther (Ving Rhames) and Ethan (Tom Cruise) have a great brotherly chemistry, while Benji (Simon Pegg) continues to play the straight man in their escapades. Their mission (should they choose to accept it) is to stop the creation and activation of rogue nuclear weapons by the shadow agents known as the Apostles; filled with suspense, action and acrobatics the film is an engrossing adventure.
Opening in Belfast, Ethan and his team lose key material needed to build a nuclear weapon, tasked with fixing their mistake they are supervised by the CIA agent August Walker, played by Henry Cavill in possibly his most arrogant and weasel-like role to date. It’s fun watching Walker and Ethan butt heads continuously as they try to run the mission together over the simplest of tasks. Cavill’s infamous moustache gets plenty of screen time but doesn’t justify making Justice League more difficult to film, it’s a minor grievance but as the backlash to the moustache had been so strong online you would expect it to have more of a role.
As the threat of nuclear weapons has serious consequences, the tone becomes more serious, and the stakes are higher than they’ve been before. It is a refreshing change of pace, thankfully it doesn’t overstep the mark by becoming a tense bore.
Rogue Nation’s writer/director Christopher McQuarrie returns, keeping the cinematography mobile and the script tight. There is nearly two and a half hours of action that never feels dull, however the over-the-top ‘impossible’ part of the franchise is surely lacking. Where Tom Cruise dived into a pool holding his breath for an obscene amount of time in the last film, Fallout feels tame in comparison. Pulling on classic tropes of fake masks, kidnapping, and running and jumping great distances is very entertaining but it’s only when you leave the theatre do you realise that although the mission has a nail-biting finale, it doesn’t feel ‘impossible’.
The team move across the globe, following the trail to Paris where they try to contact a broker for the nuclear material known as White Widow, played by Vanessa Kirby. Ethan and Walker’s entrance into Paris is a simply amazing long shot as they skydive through a thunderstorm to reach a party to infiltrate. There they bump into Ilsa (the robust Rebecca Ferguson), the first of many ghosts from the past. The pressure is on for Ethan to fix his mistake and save the world, forcing him to make tough choices for his team and the world; it’s an exciting and interesting adventure proving the series still has legs.
Mission Impossible – Fallout is released on 25th July, 2018.
Words by Sunny Ramgolam @SunnyRamgolam.
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