Thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia, we got to see Mission: Impossible – Fallout before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Christopher McQuarrie is back in the director’s chair for the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, and he’s upped the action ante ferociously. Nearly everyone you like is back from the series, including Simon Pegg, Ving Rames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and even Michelle Monaghan. Tom Cruise is blurring the line between actor and stuntman again and as before, it really pays off. It’s very hard to tell if and where CGI is used for a lot of the crazier action. Henry Cavill joins the team, bringing his immense physical presence to fight scenes. Don’t worry, his upper lip is entirely convincing compared to its performance in Justice League.
The plot features Ethan Hunt and the IMF trying to track down three stolen plutonium cores before they can be detonated. Nobody is who they seem to be, as always, and Hunt does his level best to not compromise his values while trying to save the world. There’s not a lot of time for characterisation in this installment, rather relying on what you already know about the characters to keep you involved in the story. Everyone’s likeable enough that it works, and good grief, the payoff is intense. This film is utterly relentless. It’s almost one long chase, aside from the few moments where it takes some time to add twists to the plot.
One of the necessities of a good action scene is to establish rules and environment, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout does this extremely well. You always know exactly what’s happening, where it’s happening and what can happen which amplifies the tension and keeps you involved. Everything has a sense of weight and consequence. Unlike some modern action juggernauts, this film doesn’t just throw everything at the screen and hope to overwhelm you. It’s very carefully made, and thoroughly rewarding.
We’re giving Mission: Impossible – Fallout our highest recommendation. It does what it does so well, there’s almost no way to fault it. This is an action movie where switching your brain off is entirely optional. Either way, you’ll have fun.