The “Mission Impossible” Series has attracted audiences for decades with its thrilling plots and good-looking actors. Though I’ve missed the last few films, I expect they weren’t too different from the sixth offering, Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission Impossible: Fallout”.
Former CIA agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now heading a private organization, the IMF or Impossible Missions Force. The small team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames), is out on a seemingly impossible mission to prevent world destruction at the hands of agent turned villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and the mysterious criminal mastermind John Lark.
The IMF team is assisted by CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) and MI6 agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) for their own selfish reasons. A high class broker called The White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) is added in the mix for some sex appeal.
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While outlining the plot, I realized there isn’t much to the story. In each successive film, Agent Hunt tries to prevent world destruction. Only the details change- the enemies and the manner of causing global annihilation. This lack of substance can be seen as a weak point but is also its biggest strength, as the franchise stays true to its nature.
The tension builds slowly into a deep crescendo, carrying the viewer with it. The action is swift, the violence well-choreographed and the players smooth. The special effects are seamless, making the movie quite grand. The film shows the cities of Paris and London to their very best, almost equating them with central characters.
Tom Cruise, ever the hero, is past his prime but does an admirable job of keeping up with the younger cast. Perhaps it’s time for a new Ethan Hunt, though it’ll be a task to fill Cruise’s mighty shoes. The rest of the actors perform well, but there are no academy award winning roles here!
The cinematography is fantastic, not just in the European portions mentioned above, but also the stunning climax shot in the Siachen Glacier. As evident from the famous title song, music has always been used to create atmosphere in the series. This film is no different and uses a fast-paced and catchy background score to its advantage. The direction and editing are tight, and the story flies past despite its 2.5 hour length.
The film has no real substance, but plenty of appeal. I’d recommend it to fans of the previous movies, as well as people looking for edge-of-your-seat entertainment. If you’re tired of watching spy films that seem overly repetitive, skip this one!
Film rating: 3.5/5
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