Mission: Impossible – Fallout, 7.6/10, is as action-packed as they come. This has to be one of, if not, the biggest action film of the year (thus far) and probably the best of the franchise.
The mission proposed to Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (made up of Simon Pegg as Benji, Ving Rhames as Luther, and Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley) is to save the world from a terrorist attack of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and his following (who label themselves as the Apostles) are planning on using their three plutonium cores to fuel nuclear missiles in order to blow up the Vatican, Mecca and Jerusalem. It’s a race against time to save the world: queue the theme song.
This espionage spectacle makes for incredible audience satisfaction. Admittedly, I’m not an avid follower of the franchise or the works of Tom Cruise but if you watch this film you will not be able to avoid the enjoyment. As is slightly stereotypical of action films, there is an element of rather far-fetched on-screen action but the admiration for Tom Cruise’s ability to perform his own stunts makes it all the more entertaining and believable. From learning to fly a helicopter in six weeks to jumping from one building to another and breaking an ankle – there really are no bounds to Cruise’s ambition to strive for perfection.
The acting, although not brilliant, was surprisingly above my expectations for a film of this genre. Henry Cavill (playing August Walker – a CIA assassin) was charmingly brutish and Simon Pegg wasn’t the corny British comedian you’d expect. Instead, he provides a more matured comical addition and a vital character in the narrative. Of course, it cannot be ignored that Vanessa Kirby plays the sultry and fierce White Widow exquisitely.
Fallout is the perfect example of why action movies need to be seen on the big screen. The sound completely surrounds you and absorbs you, leaving you in a transfixed state. The action is nail-bitingly tense and further heightened by being surrounded by an audience who are sharing the experience. These are all reasons why you should go see this before it goes to DVD as watching it at home will be half the experience.
Entertainment (of its genre): 10/10