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Mission Impossible: Ethan Hunt Has Still Got It!

You know that song you’ve heard a million times over and know by heart and, no matter what, you can’t help but sing along and bust a move? The newest installment of the Mission Impossible franchise is just like that.

In Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team are on a mission to stop terrorists from using three plutonium nuclear bombs. However, with the involvement of the CIA and several members from Hunt’s past, havoc prevails in a thrilling race against time with the third of the world’s population at stake.

Seems like just another impossible mission?

Well, this edition features two helicopters playing bumper cars, a jump into a thunder storm, uncountable ridiculous jumps off roofs and several ridiculously insane and thrilling stunts. The true brilliance is that that the stunts are shot so masterfully; while they seem completely ridiculous, the audience still believes that they can actually happen. The entire film is impeccably shot, whether it’s the natural scenery at the end sequences, the chases through Paris or the countless fight scenes.

There were some issues with the film, though.  The film’s first 30 minutes were not the most entertaining as there was far too much paving for the action to come. Also, the plan of the terrorist group magically and spontaneously shifted from what was explained in the first half of the film (about the bombs targeting the Vatican, Jerusalem, and Mecca) to them targeting Kashmir. Whether the earlier plan was bad intel, or a change of plans was unclear, especially since by the last 30 minutes the group’s plan seemed well thought out and planned way ahead of time.

Some fans were worried that 56-year-old Tom Cruise wouldn’t be able to keep up with the film’s athletic requirements. However, the opposite was true with bigger and harder stunts, constant running scenes and a face that does not look fifty anything (most of the time). Cruise maintained his known charisma and his on point facial expressions, leading to another great performance. Playing CIA operative August Walker, Henry Cavill was able to portray a tough agent and did very well especially in his fight scenes. He did however struggle when conveying “a change of heart” (trying hard not to spoil anything) making for a second half performance that is not really believable. Back as Benji, Simon Pegg gave the film just the amount of awkward but hilarious comedy it needed.

Whether you are a fan of the series or you watched one of them a long time ago, chances are you will like this one. It is not perfect and is perhaps one of the most repeated formulas, but can we really help but enjoy it anyway?


Like This? Try

Skyscraper (2018), Taken (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012). 

360 Tip

Tom Cruise trained for an entire year to perform the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) stunt in this film.

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