Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)“Mission Impossible – Fallout” is one of the biggest surprises of the year. In this sixth addition to the series, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team must infiltrate the Apostles, an organization that plans on acquiring plutonium. The organization is being led by John Lark, Hunt’s main target. Matters are severely complicated when CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) joins Ethan Hunt. It’s a relatively simple plot, but one that does not cease to entertain.

“Fallout” is one of the more thrilling films in the series. It’s filled with constant action that refuses to lets audiences’ eyes leave the screen. There are about seven or eight long action sequences throughout the film that stand out. There’s not much else to say about the action other than the fact that it’s completely kick-ass and nonstop, making “Mission Impossible – Fallout” one of the best action movies since 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as Tom Cruise-centered action films tend to be pretty “just ok”, but this is so far the best Tom Cruise thriller we’ve seen in quite come time.

What possibly made the action so great, was the fact that Cruise performed many of his own stunts, most notably the helicopter scene. While Tom Cruise performances can be hit or miss, his devotion to his character in this film in very notable. Cruise is very enjoyable in “Fallout” and is of his best action performances to date. His talents are very ranged as well as in the nineties, he gave us some stellar dramatic performances in “Rain Man”, “Magnolia”, and “Eyes Wide Shut”, while still giving Cruise fans what they want in movies like “Top Gun”. Now, he doesn’t perform in as many dramatic roles, but as long as he’s jumping from buildings, running from explosions, or hanging out of helicopters, then we’re happy.

Many characters have returned for this film from previous “Mission Impossible” movies. This includes Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg), Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), and Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin). “Fallout” continues just a few years after the events of the previous installment “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation”, so many of the characters are reprising their roles from that film. The characters are quite well-written in this installment, but this wouldn’t come as a surprise to those who saw the previous film. If you’re new to the franchise, its important to know that in addition to getting loads of thrilling action, the characters are also one reason to watch the film. Benji and Luther in particular have many great lines and are definitely the comic relief of the movie.

From the trailer, “Mission Impossible – Fallout” looks as though it may be similar to its predecessors. In a way it is, but in another way, it stands out as one of the most action-packed movies in recent years and is definitely the most thrilling film of 2018 so far, and yes, that’s including “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther”.

Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language

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