Gripping set-pieces, well-developed characters, plot and extreme fun make this year’s Mission Impossible franchise instalment a must-watch blockbuster movie for the summer.
Continuing from the smash hit Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, Fallout presents a high-stakes story. Protagonist Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) and his team are tasked by the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) with stopping a nuclear attack by terrorist group, The Apostles, remnants of the previous instalment’s villainous organisation, The Syndicate. Though Fallout is a continuation from Rogue Nation, prior viewing is completely optional. First time viewers will definitely not feel left out, as Fallout provides sufficient exposition to fill them in. At times, the atmosphere felt closer to that of a theme park ride, with shrill screams ringing throughout the theatre every time Hunt performed his death-defying stunts (all of which Cruise does by himself, if you didn’t know). In one instance, a motorcycle and car chase down the streets of Paris, Cruise effortlessly pulls off an daring escape from the authorities. These feats, coupled with an intriguing, complex and fitting story as well as characters worth your emotional investment mean that Fallout is sheer viewing pleasure.
Being spies, deception and illusions are the name of the game for Hunt and his crew, with a superbly executed scene early on showcasing such trickery. Not wanting to spoil it for you, all I will say is, first impressions or even gut feelings aren’t what you should trust.
Although Tom Cruise’s Hunt is far and away the most famous actor in the cast (and takes up most of the movie poster’s real estate, accordingly), Ilsa Faust (played by Rebecca Ferguson), an MI6 agent, is someone I find much more intriguing. At the onset, when she appears during Hunt’s mission, her intentions and objectives are shrouded in mystery. Add to that the romantic tension already in place since the previous movie and Ferguson’s stunning performance, the stakes just keep getting higher. Though Hunt’s escapades are sure to excite the casual moviegoer, the emotional layer centred around his love life (both past and present, ;)) help keep things fresh, giving viewers something else to think about other than the extreme stunts.
With such fast-paced, action-packed yet emotionally-rich content, Fallout earns a four-and-a-half-star rating. Viewing it is sure to please, with thrills and spills guaranteed.
If your fellow cinemagoers are shrill screamers, well, bring some earmuffs because you’re going to need it.
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨