Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The Mission: Impossible franchise has its 007 Skyfall moment with  Mission: ImpossibleFallout, showcasing a series that’s still firing on all cylinders. Christopher McQuarrie delivers a pumping thrill ride that sees its perennial 56 year old star throw himself and co-stars through the ringer. An outright blockbuster!

What’s going on with franchises these days? Aren’t umpteenth sequels supposed to work under the laws of diminishing returns? Clearly that’s not the case in the world of Mission: Impossible as, outside of the misstep of M:I-2, each successive sequel has been better than the one that went before. The introduction of Christopher McQuarrie as writer/director on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation gave the series back its espionage killer edge, which was no small feat given it had to follow on from Brad Bird’s barnstorming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

What sets Fallout apart is that it is a direct sequel to the events of Rogue Nation. A refreshing change, too, is that the villain of Rogue Nation plays a pivotal role in this adventure where the stakes are ratcheted up higher and the set pieces match them swimmingly.

It’s been 2 years since Soloman Lane (Sean Harris) was nabbed in London by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team and Hunt is plagued by nightmares that he is helpless to stop the coming armageddon. With the Syndicate destroyed, a new, more ruthless adversary in The Apostles have arisen. Their goal is a nefariously evil one that I won’t give away here.

Suffice to say it’s not long before Ethan and the team are on the case and their globetrotting exploits unfold infront of you. But this time around the CIA are watching and have sent their own man, Walker (Henry Cavill) to observe their tactics..

It’s all here and, for me, the true star of this grandiose action film is Christopher McQuarrie whose fashioned a screenplay of double and triple crosses, surprises, occasional hokieness, self awareness, breathless action and an ability to keep topping itself as it moves from plot point to plot point. It’s laced with comedy throughout and the internal momentum is propulsive.

The anchoring use of physical stunts and set pieces add thrills with Cruise especially putting himself through a punishing workout. Mission: Impossible – Fallout hits harder and scrappier than the previous entries, which works to its favour. The film very much has its own identity. And at 147 minutes you’d hope so.

The film masterfully nods to the original, links itself to the sequels and never strays far away from the action. And action there is, my friends. Plenty of it. From bruising bathroom brawls, frenetic motorcycle chases, halo jumping, gunfights and a dueling helicopter battle, there’s plenty of carnage candy to be had.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an absolute ripping entertainment. High octane thrills, deliciously convoluted plotting, invested performances and a deft hand at the helm make for the most enjoyable action film of the year. There’s still plenty of gusto in this Mission.. if you choose to accept it!