Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) | Film Review

Title: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Based on: Mission: Impossible by Bruce Geller
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley, and Alec Baldwin
Music by: Lorne Balfe
Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Running Time:  147 minutes
Language: English, French
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language
Production Companies: Skydance Media, Alibaba Pictures, Bad Robot Productions
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

I am not a huge fan of Mission: Impossible franchise but I always look forward to watching the next film of this huge franchise. Not because I am a fan of Tom Cruise but because the story of the films is always exciting and intriguing. Well, I like Tom Cruise. I mean, who doesn’t? We can’t deny the fact that he is one of the reasons why this franchise is huge and successful. But that is not the only reason why I like this franchise. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is another film that I have been waiting for this year.

I have always like Mission: Impossible films, especially when nowadays James Bond films were lacked advanced technologies as they used to be. But like all franchise films, there are always ups and downs. Not all the films in the franchise are good. Some were bad and some were good. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is definitely among the good one. Putting aside Harry Potter films, not every franchise film can make the sixth films as good as before. The reason you asked? Well, with five films ahead, some filmmakers just don’t know what story they should give the audiences for the next. I am not trying to judge the filmmakers or the scriptwriters, nor do I intend to shame them. I mean, I too am a writer at certain points. I knew it is not always easy to find ideas and not all the ideas that we get turned out to be good either. But sometimes the filmmakers or the scriptwriters made the films just solely depended on the franchise name and the actors or actresses. The story itself is a bit forced at some points. Maybe the story is good but not as good as the first film or the second one. Some actions were too forced, some conflicts were invented in a bad way.

Lucky for us, especially Mission: Impossible fans, the sixth film in the franchise doesn’t really fallout like its title. To be honest, I think this is the best film in the franchise. If you’re thinking, nah, this film must be good only solely because of Tom Cruise, then you are totally in the wrong. Yes, Tom Cruise gave a huge impact to this film as well but his impact doesn’t affect much if the story is not good. Because truly, when you are watching a film, everything is back to the story. At least that’s how I appreciate a film. Not just by the actors or the actresses, but the story is the most important part. Then come the others, like the players, the CGI effect, the music, and so on.

Ilsa Faust: What the hell is he doing?
Benji Dunn: I find it best not to look!

Now, let’s talk about Tom Cruise. Who would ever think that in his 56 years old, Tom Cruise can still run and do stunts like he is still in his 20s? Even I’m in my 20s can’t do what he did. Tom Cruise is a great actor. We have to give him that. Despite everything that happened in his daily and personal life, when it comes to working, Tom Cruise is a great actor. Come on. I’m sure everyone thinks he is great. If not, well, I just have no idea how an actual bad actor looks like to you. In his 56 years old, he still did his own stunts even he broke an ankle during the filming. That is why there is a delay during the filming. It supposed to be 6 months delay, but Tom Cruise did it in 6 weeks despite what his doctor said. Even when he has injured his leg during the take, he still ran passed camera so that he made the stunts in just one take. This proves how serious Tom Cruise in doing his job.

Able to do stunts doesn’t make Tom Cruise great. Yes, it makes him special but the first thing an actor must be able to do is act, duh? Tom Cruise survives this long because he can act very well. Plus he did his own stunt and that’s what made him more special. He pilots the helicopter in the film by himself, he jumped across building by himself even until made him injured his leg, he rode the motorcycle all through Paris. It’s just mind-blowing. Have I mentioned that he is 56 years old? Yes, Tom Cruise’s age is more than half a century. I just can’t believe it. It’s like he is not satisfied with his acting if he did not do all the stunts by himself as well. We just can’t deny the fact that Mission: Impossible franchise survives this long is also because of Tom Cruise. Sure the story from each film is good if not great like this one, but Tom Cruise is another wow factor of the franchise that cannot be overlooked. I can imagine other actors play the role of Ethan Hunt. I just can’t.

I was super excited when I heard Henry Cavill joined the cast. It’s no secret that I really like Henry Cavill. He is one of my favourite actors. In fact, he made me like Superman. After seeing him playing Superman so many times before, it’s good to see him playing normal people. In Mission: Impossible -Fallout, Henry Cavill portrayed the character of August Walker, a CIA assassin. Of course, Henry Cavill has already played a CIA agent before named Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), but Napoleon Solo was different from August Walker. I am sure, the first thing in everyone’s mind when they look at Henry Cavill is the image of Superman. However, in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Henry Cavill has proven to the audience that he can do anything besides being Superman. He can act as a very different person. And it’s not just because of his moustache that basically must not be shaved off even when Henry Cavill has to film Justice League (2017). It’s funny to think that not shaving off his moustache was also written in his contract in order to maintain the character’s look. Well, it’s good of them because the film has to be constant. But it’s still funny to think of such a thing.

Anyway, it’s a very well done job for Henry Cavill as well. Though he hates the moustache, Henry Cavill still did a great job in portraying August Walker. His acting is good, his fighting scenes are thrilling, his facial expressions are great. Like Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill also did his own stunts. To think that being Superman for a while, Henry Cavill must have adjusted to fighting scenes. But no, he didn’t. Well, who can blame him? The fighting as August Walker and Superman is totally different. While August Walker is all about guns and punches and hit, Superman is super. He doesn’t get punched a lot. He doesn’t use guns when he got x-ray eyes. Basically, Superman is so powerful that he doesn’t often get beaten, except when Kryptonite is present. So of course, the practice that he must do before filming is also totally different. Still, Henry Cavill pulled it off. He really nailed his character.

I am so glad that Rebecca Ferguson is back again! Of all the women who have played in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Rebecca Ferguson’s character, Ilsa Faust, is my most favourite, if not the only favourite. I like Rebecca Ferguson. She is beautiful and her acting skill is great. But, it’s not because Ilsa Faust was portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson that I like the character. It’s because Ilsa Faust is a badass—please do excuse my language. Seriously. If you want to find the female version of Ethan Hunt, it’s Ilsa Faust. She is the heroine that we all need. She is the only female character in Mission: Impossible franchise that can actually go toe to toe with Ethan Hunt. Ethan Hunt is special. He can do everything and Ilsa Faust somehow can keep up with him.

Like James Bond, they kept changing the female characters in Mission: Impossible franchise. So it’s great to see Rebecca Ferguson reprises her awesome character. I mean, Michelle Monaghan did come back a few times because she played the role of Julia, Ethan Hunt’s wife. Julia is also strong and smart but in a different way from Ilsa Faust. However, when you include the word badass, then Julia is nothing to Ilsa Faust. Because let’s face it, Ilsa Faust is a badass. She rode the motorcycle, she shoots, she fights with bare hands, and she jumped from tall buildings. Much like what Ethan Hunt did. Ilsa Faust is truly a match for Ethan Hunt. As an MI6 agent, Ilsa Faust understands the importance and the danger of Ethan Hunt’s work as IMF agent, and so vice versa. They both did the exact same thing for life. Ilsa Faust is not a damsel in distress that needs saving because she can do her own saving. Bottom line, she doesn’t need saving. Essentially, Ilsa Faust is the female Ethan Hunt.

Rebecca Ferguson did a great job of portraying the character, even when she was pregnant during the filming. It’s great that she still did some fighting scenes by herself. It proves that Rebecca Ferguson is an amazing actress. If there is another Mission: Impossible film, I really really hope that she will be back again. We need more female lead characters like Ilsa Faust. Call me a feminist if you want, but it’s time we show the world that women don’t always wait to be saved. We can also stand up alone and do the saving by ourselves. Don’t wait to be saved. Don’t forever be the damsel in distress. We need more of Ilsa Faust—not the spy thing, but the strong woman thing. We must take an example from her courage and smartness. It’s time for women to step up. Anyway, I am not here to do campaign or anything, so let’s get back on track.

I really like Rebecca Ferguson. This is the third time I’ve seen her in this last couple of years. Two times in Mission: Impossible franchise and one time in The Greatest Showman (2017). Apparently, that’s the only amount that I need to like Rebecca Ferguson. I think she is great and I look forward to her next films. I also hope her character, Ilsa Faust, will appear again if there is another Mission: Impossible film. It will be wonderful to see more of her relationship with Ethan Hunt. They will be a perfect and dangerous couple. It’s not like I don’t like Julia, but I think Ilsa Faust is more suitable for Ethan Hunt, especially when Ilsa Faust is very similar to Ethan Hunt. They are really a match and perfect together. They got each other’s back. They can rely on each other but at the same time, they don’t really need to wait for each other to save themselves. They don’t have to protect the other one because they can protect their own self. Seriously, they will be a perfect couple.

Ilsa Faust: You don’t understand what you’re involved in.
Ethan Hunt: You need to walk away.
Ilsa Faust: Please don’t make me go through you.

Simon Pegg is back again as Benji Dunn. As funny as ever, the character of Benji Dunn can always manage to entertain the audience. He made the audience laugh. He is an icebreaker in the middle of the tension in the film. I like how he is a very smart and kind of genius but also funny and silly. I think that’s how Simon Pegg is. Even in Star Trek films, his character is the one that can always make us laugh. Not that I am saying he chose a monotone character, but more like saying that Simon Pegg has the skill to entertain people. Not every actor or actress can truly make the audience laugh. Even when they are great actors and actresses, it’s hard to make people laugh just by their silly and ridiculous expressions. All the lines in the script can’t work so well if the actors’ or actresses’ facial expressions were not spot on. But Simon Pegg did just perfect. His facial expressions were spot on. In conclusion, Simon Pegg knew what he was doing.

Not only Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames is also back in this sixth instalment. His character, Luther Stickell, has shown up in the franchise since the first film. Much like Ethan Hunt but with less screen time. Like Benji, Luther is Ethan Hunt’s best friend and one of his most loyal friend. He is also very funny but in a different way from Benji and more serious from Benji. His skill is not much different from Benji either, or at least that’s how I see it. I like his character but if I have to choose, I will pick Benji all over. Anyway, Ving Rhames did a good job in portraying Luther. After six films, he is still consistent. He managed to entertain the audience in his own way.

The story of Mission: Impossible – Fallout is continuing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), as you can see from the comeback characters like Ilsa Faust and Solomon Lane played by Sean Harris. It’s probably wise if you watched Rogue Nation first before you decided to watch Fallout. However, even if you didn’t watch Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, you can still bloody enjoy this film. After all, this film really gave a thrilling and exciting story. The plot story is very well written. The action sequences and stunts were great. The stunts were pretty classic and cliché but still very exciting and thrilling. Plus, those classic and cliché stunts were the stunts that make the film so Mission: Impossible. The actors and actresses played their characters amazingly. The CGI effect was done smoothly. Everything about this film is executed perfectly. I am very confident to say that Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the best action film of the year, even though we still have a few months until the end of the year. Of course, there are some flaws but with everything else is so damn good, I think I can overlook those flaws and just enjoy the film.

All in all, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a great film. I enjoy it very much from the very beginning until the ending. I am glad that I decided to watch this film in IMAX theatre because it really is worth it. I don’t mind if I have to watch the film twice because I really like it. This film is highly recommended for you who love action films and for you who love watching any films. Mission: Impossible – Fallout has everything you asked for in an action film. It’s thrilling, exciting, and funny. Bottom line, it is very enjoyable.

I give Mission: Impossible – Fallout 9 out of 10 stars.

😘  Toodle-oo,

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