Mission Impossible: Fallout               review by Drusilla Blakey

TV series making the transition to the big screen has been all the rage for years, but more often than not they fall flat. When Tom Cruise teamed up with Brian De Palma to bring Mission Impossible to the big screen in 1996 no one could have imagined that it would still be going strong today. Now Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are teaming are teaming up once again for the sixth entry Mission Impossible: Fallout starring Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby, but does it bring more to the franchise or will this be the one that fails to complete the mission?

Mission Impossible: Fallout follows Ethan Hunt and his IMF team along with some familiar allies in a race against time after a mission goes wrong. Wow!  We've made it to part six in the Mission Impossible franchise and this movie has it all.  We have good action and fight scenes, a love story, heartbreak and betrayal, true friendship, Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Superman! This film continues the story from Rouge Nation, regarding the nefarious and mysterious "Syndicate".  This also continues to bring together all the other things/people/stories, etc that have been going since early on in the series.  And, this is one of the things that I really enjoy about the story telling.  No one wants a disjointed story and we certainly do not get that in this film.  It really does a good job of bringing it all together.

 

I am continually impressed with the amount of stunt work that Tom Cruise performs on his own. In fact, the action and stunt work is one of the things I always look forward to seeing in these fillms! This time we get some good action not only from Cruise but from Henry Cavill as well. Having them both in a big fight scene together was amazing and honestly a bit stressful to watch - but in a good way.  There are some really amazing and long fight scenes!  It was over the

top and so enjoyable!  On a separate note, one of the things that I did not enjoy about the story was that there were a few things that were a little bit predictable, but, this did not keep it from being enjoyable.

 

I really enjoyed the performance of Cruise and Cavill together.  I was concerned on how their dynamic would play on screen; would it be big rivalry? would it be friendly? would it be antagonistic?  But it actually worked out really well and they did a good job of playing off each other.  Another favorite is of course Ving Rhames who has been an important part of this series from the beginning.  This time we get a lot more from him and get to see a lot more emotion; It was super enjoyable.  Once again Simon Pegg did a good job and continues to bring some well-placed comedic moments.  I think the best thing about the cast as a whole is that they are now a family and there are a few lighthearted moments that play well between them. Cruise's character always goes off book, and the team is not afraid to tell him so making for a really good dynamic, but it's because we've come so far in the story.

 

This release not only includes the movie, but bonus content including commentaries, deleted scenes, trailer, featurettes and more. Choose to accept the next mission and grab your copy of Mission Impossible: Fallout available now on digital and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on December 4th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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