Mission Impossible, Fallout: Who Cares If You Don’t Remember The Others

This movie was pretty legit. I went into it expecting to see Tom Cruise try to kill himself with a few cool stunts and some weird spy gadgets. Instead I got the best movie in the franchise and a desire for more Mission Impossible films. The 2018 movie is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the same director of the last Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol, as well as the first Jack Reacher. It is so packed with action, you never want to get up to go to the bathroom. I seriously had to piss the entire time but the movie doesn’t even give you that chance.

I cannot tell you a damn thing that has happened in any of the previous Mission Impossible movies. I mean, I can reminisce about the stunts or some of the cool fights, but I honestly do not remember the stories for any of those films. But that’s not why I like these movies. The action spy genre always goes something like this: terrorists from ‘another country/turned agents from our country’ have ‘stolen a weapon/taken over the government’ and they’re going to hurt a lot of people unless a ‘government funded/gone rogue themselves’ badass with a ‘team/unwanted side kick’ save the day. This is the plot to almost all the Mission Impossible, Daniel Craig James Bond, and Bourne films. MI: Fallout also fallows that basic plot but adds a few twists along the way, but the action sequences that separate the plot points are long and plentiful.

Do you like shots of people skydiving through storms? How about a heist/getaway chance scene through Paris? Ever wonder what a helicopter dogfight would look like? This movie has got them all. Remember from the trailers the fight scene in the bathroom? Holy shit it was even more brutal than I ever thought it was going to be! I honestly think Tom Cruise, returning to play Ethan Hunt, is trying to kill himself. There has to be some Scientologist clause in the book of Xenu that says you automatically get to go to heaven if you die while filming a movie. I know he did a good amount of stunts in this film and the movie benefits from it. There is a scene where he breaks his foot in real life, I knew about this before hand and was looking for it. They cut the actual moment it breaks (just go find it on YouTube) but they show right afterwards, the man still walked it off for the rest of the scene. I have nothing but respect for that kind of dedication. A shot where Tom is riding a motorcycle through oncoming traffic with police cars chasing him just brings you, as an audience member, into the film more when you know it’s actually him. I will say however, I just wish the rest of the cast had that much passion.

Now I know I said you basically don’t need to see the other movies, and I stand by that. But this is a sequel. More important than any movie would be the previous one, Ghost Protocol. Majority of the cast are returning characters, half of which were introduced in the other movie directed by McQuarrie. Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg return as Ethan’s team, reprising their roles as Luther and Benji. Sadly they play slower/older versions of the characters we’ve seen before. Part of me kind of wishes Ethan Hunt just got a new team. Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa Faust. She was a character from Ghost Protocol that I don’t think brought much to the movie the last time we saw her and she kept that streak going. Basically any good guy just wasn’t very interesting. The actors that really made me love the movie however were the villains. In a spy movie, that really is the more important factor anyways.  Sean Harris, Soloman Lan, is such a great bad guy. His voice alone is just perfect for the role. He is given great line after great line and just recites it like crooked fucked up poetry. He also beats the shit out Ilsa and Benji in a fight scene. Relatively new to Hollywood, Vanessa Kirby plays a black market dealer called The White Widow. I think I found a new Woman Crunch Wednesday. But I know none of these characters matter to you. Everyone going into this movie wants to know about the man with the 25 million dollar mustache.

Superman himself, Henry Cavill, is the second billing for Fallout. He plays a CIA agent named August Walker with. All of the actually plot revolves around this character. I’m not going to tell you about anything that happens. I don’t think it takes a rocket surgeon to figure some of it out, but I’m happy to say I didn’t figure out every spy twist. I mean there are bluffs and double bluffs. Spies that are double spies. Agents who are hitmen who are agents for different agencies. Its fucking awesome! But they cast Mr. Meathead to play a character I think deserved a little more nuance. When we are introduced to Agent Walker, we get an analogy “Ethan Hunt and his team are a tool kit. Walker is a hammer” and that is how he is played. Don’t get me wrong, it works great for the fight scenes. But the character ends up being so much more complex. But Henry Cavill just still plays him like a big dumb American hammer. But god fucking damn did he pull off that mustache.

This movie review, if you choose to accept it, is telling you how the new Mission Impossible movie is a real treat as long as you don’t think about it too much. The film escapes The Snappening the same way the world escapes total destruction as long as Ethan Hunt is around to save the day. I joked that I don’t remember any of the other movies, but I enjoyed this one enough that I want to invite some friends over and marathon through them. We’ll drink every time there’s an unnecessary gadget, someone is betrayed, and when we hear “bum bum bumhp bumhp dododoooo dododoooo bahbump…”


Movie watched and review written by: Troy Smith

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