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Mission: Impossible -Fallout – Review

In what is hailed as the final film in the Mission Impossible franchise, Fallout once again sees Tom Cruise as Agent Ethan Hunt. With his past coming back to haunt him, it is up to Hunt and his team to stop a global catastrophe.

Cruise returns alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, and Angela Bassett. The film also introduces new characters played by Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby. With multiple locations, cool gadgets, and show-stopping action, Fallout will satisfy fans of the series. Yet the films unoriginality and extended running time will turn off new audiences to the franchise.

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Agent Ethan Hunt and his team is once again called upon to locate missing weapons. When the mission fails, Hunt must go under the radar to complete his mission. But his tactics make his own agency question his loyalty. Against the clock, Hunt must relocate the weapons and stop an attack, all whilst facing old and new enemies.

This outing is once again directed by screenwriter turned director, Christopher McQuarrie. After directing Rogue Nation, he returned to direct what should be the final instalment in the franchise.

The set-up here is much the same. Something happen then Ethan and his team are called upon to fix things. We get straight into the plot and action with a dramatic opening sequence and establishing a backstory. It moves along at a fast pace but even for this series, the action scenes do feel excessive.

Fallout maintains many of the tropes of the series. The double crosses and narrative flips are still used. Yet at this point you can see them coming a mile off. The story and its twists are predictable and have lost the edge they had in the first outings.

Yet the action is, as expected in this franchise, amazing to watch. Car chases, bike chases, rooftop runs, and more take up the majority of the two and a half hour running time. One particular fight scene in bathroom stands out as an impressive sequence.

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Cruise takes his sixth outing with the same action orientation as before. He runs, jumps, and fully embraces the action side of the character. Sadly, not much character development happens but Cruise is always watchable. And, my god, can that man run.

Henry Cavill plays new agent August Walker in much the same way he plays Superman – great to look at but thoroughly boring. He lacks charisma as an actor and this role does nothing to broaden his range. Simon Pegg is once again the comedic touch to the film. He acts as the nervous and logical member of the team with great one-liners.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is action packed with thrills to spare. Yet the final instalment is drawn out and overdone, repeating all the previous outings tricks.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout is out 25th July! 

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