The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
Christopher McQuarrie has leveled up the way M:I movies are narrated. What started with Rogue Nation, continues with Fallout & thanks to McQuarrie for keeping the franchise in a zone where it’s not been a mockery. An angry Henry Cavill screams at Tom Cruise, “Why won’t you just die Ethan?” – wasn’t he following the franchise since the start? All of the helicopter sequence was added post the final draft of the script was ready and it seemed forcedly weaved to the script. It definitely looked grand & was impactful but connect was missing.
McQuarrie, since Rogue Nation, has been playing around well the traditional canvas on which the last few parts of this franchise were sketched. He has retained few trademark ingredients of the series, adding much more class to it. In one particular scene, he has followed the art of silence mastered by Martin Scorsese in which an action scene has been executed without any chaotic BGM.
Tom Cruise refuses to age! 22 long years. I was 4 when the first M:I released, now I’m struggling to carve my way into life but Tom is still cruising his way into the series like he made his debut yesterday. Yes, there are signs of wrinkling on his face but with that charm, I’m sure no one will even notice. Henry Cavill should remain in his superhero costume and someone please give him a mask with that mustache.
Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg act as the fillers. They’re not the team we’ve seen in the initials M:I films but balance it out with very well infused humour and some thrills. Rebecca Ferguson makes a comeback as Ilsa & she’s just about fine. Not got much to do but looked beautiful as always. Sean Harris, wish he could’ve had a better written role.
From part 1 to part 5, every Mission Impossible movie has had a different director. But Mission: Impossible – Fallout was helmed by McQuarrie, who also helmed the last one, Rogue Nation. It clearly has a lot of references from it and also we can see why he was retained – because he did a wonderful job. Whereas the initial few parts of the franchise showed how technology can be fooled, the last few ones took a dramatic turn into being realistic.
Lorne Balfe, the protege of Hans Zimmer (Not in a literal way) has done melodically well with the score of the film. Since the part 1, the music composers of every instalment try to make a better use of the main theme of the film. Balfe has done the justice and added a zimmery touch to the score.
All said and done, Fallout is high on the trademarked action on which M:I franchise has been thriving on over the years. It’s a roller coaster ride of intelligent screenplay, intriguing plot and a never-aging Tom Cruise.