Mission: Impossible – Fallout (12A)

Ethan Hunt and his team are back. His mission, should he choose to accept it?
Recover the Plutonian, find the identity of the mysterious John Lark and stop a
plot by the ‘Apostles’ to set off nuclear warheads.

Sounds easy right? Well, life for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the Impossible Missions Force never is. Cue twists, turns, betrayals, reunions and jaw dropping stunts that’ll make you question if Tom Cruise has a death wish. Mission: Impossible is back baby and this may be their best mission to date.

In an age of CGI Superheroes and otherworldly stories, Mission: Impossible – Fallout feels almost something of a throwback and that’s without a doubt a good thing. There are no caped crusaders, no magical time travel and no infinity stones in sight. Instead of Wakanda or Asgard we’re treated to Paris, London, Kashmir and Belfast.

Christopher McQuarrie creates that suspense and spectacle by relying on story, practical effects and stunning landscapes. So much so, you may find yourself googling how on earth they managed to film half of it.

Ever since Ethan Hunt returned our screens 2011 and hung off the side of the Burj Khalifa, Tom Cruise has seemingly been entranced with giving us the biggest most outlandish stunts he can manage. The bar keeps raising and Fallout is no different. It almost feels amiss to not discuss the many fantastic stunts and sequences but nothing tops a HALO dive. Breathtaking.

Something I often personally struggle with in Hollywood blockbusters is that hint of human emotion, or lack there of. It often feels second to action or forgotten about entirely. For me, this is the heart for which the storytelling builds from.

While the deck is often stacked against Ethan Hunt in a physical sense, there is an emotional pull here that, in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting. Everything seems to be on the line for Ethan. It’s do or die. The result? An emotionally charged finale that’ll grip you and not let go.

Some may question why, after 22 years, we’re still all flocking to the cinema to
see Mission Impossible. Some may question why Tom Cruise is still at it with this
series. Well, on the basis of Mission: Impossible – Fallout it’s clear that the drive
from Tom and co is still ever present. They want to raise the bar with each film
and we’re all better off because of it.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is breathtaking, edge of your seat action that makes the cinematic experience a spectacle once again. Whether a fan of the franchise or not, grab some popcorn and settle in for 147 minutes of all out entertainment.

By Jordan Barrett

★★★★★

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