Mission Impossible Fallout is the latest film in the series and the sequel to 2015’s Rogue Nation. Now a lot of you may have heard all the reviews saying that this is the best instalment in the series; that I believe is an accurate surmise. The reasons as to why Fallout is so good is two-fold, firstly it carries on the superb quality of the last few Mission Impossible film, with the eye-catching and gut-wrenching action choreography being evidence of that. Secondly, it strikes a bold and bloody tone straight from the off, one that works masterfully. More to the film’s praise all the performances are top-notch, with Tom Cruise still being very believable as Ethan Hunt; even after all these years. Moreover, Cruise does not disappoint fans who come looking for death-defying stunts, with there being plenty throughout; even more so than in previous instalments. In addition, Rebecca Ferguson returns from Rogue Nation as Ilsa Faust, bringing with her a plot ruffle that helps to add an international air to the storyline overall. To add to that the romantic relationship between Faust and Hunt is built upon, and unlike many others, I think this is done very well and feels natural and organic. Also, the newer additions to the cast are all outstanding, especially Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow, who brings with her the classic feelings of the femme fatale. Henry Cavil’s Walker is also an interesting sub- antagonist and a clear psychical match for Cruise. The plot, overall, is compelling and has many twists and turns; as one would expect from a Mission Impossible film. However, it also suffers from being overstuffed, with there being many plot lines that feel like they have no purpose. Chief amongst these is the return of Hunt’s wife Julia, (Michelle Monaghan), this return for me doesn’t work as it undercuts all that the film sets up between Hunt and Ilsa. What’s more the conversation between Hunt, Julia and her new husband in the film’s third act, doesn’t provide closure or raise the stakes as it may have been intended to, but instead serves to dampen the tension. Furthermore, there are dream sequences which feature the film’s true antagonist Solomon Lane, (Sean Harris), which seem oddly out of place. That being said the non-dream scenes that Lane is in are all superbly acted with Harris being a fantastic villain. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the supporting cast who mostly feel wasted this time around. This is especially true of Angela Bassett’s Erica Sloane who outside of a few brief scenes is barely featured. Overall despite the film’s issues and a needlessly over-bloated run-time, Fallout is without a doubt the best film in the Mission impossible series, and I really recommend you see it.
Reviewed by Luke