Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series, Mission: Impossible – Fallout sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar ally Elsa (Rebecca Ferguson) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. With the help of CIA’s August Walker (Henry Cavill), the team find themselves faced with Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) once again, two years after his capture, as the remnants of The Syndicate reorganise as a rogue terrorist group called the Apostles.
Again directed by Christopher McQuarrie, following 2015’s Rogue Nation which was one of my favourite films of that year (better even than its James Bond competitor), Fallout continues on from the premise of its predecessor with a similar tone and style.
Fast and sleek, the beginning of the film gets straight to the point, opening up with a mission that quickly explains what has happened over the past two years and setting up what is to come.
With as many twists as Cruise does hand brake turns, you can use every word that you would want to describe an action film with to describe this instalment. It is full-throttle, break-neck, high-octane, energetic, intensely thrilling, and it never gives up.
Strong in both narrative and action, there’s not just one standout scene or high-speed car chase, but the adrenaline is non-stop. There are motorbikes, helicopters, jumping out of planes during lightning storms, rooftop free running, bone-breaking bathroom fist fights. You name it, Cruise does it. It is absolutely full to the brim of action, and with a moustached Henry Cavill by his side, it has never looked better.
Most action films would be lucky enough to have one of these scenes done well, but Fallout has them continually bouncing off of each other from start to end. And of course, there’s the stunt that became unforgettable before we even saw it, the rooftop jump where Cruise broke his ankle in real life yet carried on with the take.
Sometimes Cruise’s passion for a project can get in the way, but his commitment to this franchise is so well placed. 22 years since his first appearance as Ethan Hunt, this action franchise is still like no other. The action sequences are all beyond impressive and it’s so full of energy and tension that the sheer dedication of all involved should be nominated for an award, but we know that will never happen.
With a brief appearance from Michelle Monaghan, as well, the film doesn’t forget its roots. We also get to see more into Hunt’s character. It’s obvious that he’s had some troubles but he seems to be dealing with them in this instalment. The final scene ends on such a poignant moment that it’s surprising how much emotional depth an action film like this has.
It’s very rare that a franchise is still appealing by a sixth film, but the fact that the Mission: Impossible films are getting better and better as they go on is more than remarkable. And despite Tom Cruise now being in his 50s, there appears to be no stopping him. I can’t wait to see where this franchise is going to go next.