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Mission Impossible Fallouot  : Implausibly Nail-biting
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Friday, July 27, 2018
Christopher McQuarrie
Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin

At the end of the mission, Ethan is asked by his team, ‘How close were we (to pulling it off in the nick of time)?’ From his hospital bed, Ethan replies, ‘The usual’.


‘The usual’ is a good way to describe Christopher McQuarrie’s story too. It’s the usual that we’ve seen James Bond do aeons ago. A nuclear threat by baddies, nukes that must be detonated before they blow up half the world.


But McQuarrie has a mission and he makes it possible by packing ‘the usual’ storyline with stunts that up the ante for action films.


As always, Ethan’s called in by his department the IMF, and told that he has to take care of a bunch of anarchists with nuclear blasts on their agenda. But if the mission goes south, sorry Hunt, you’re on your own, we’ll disown you. It’s ‘the usual’ mandate.  


Ethan Hunt is used to the conditions that apply and as long as he’s saving lives, he’ll sign on. But this time he’s parachuted along with CIA agent Walker like a minder. 


McQuarrie keeps it moving so fast that it’s breathless with loyalties, bonds and a leap of faith in more ways than one coming at you as quick as the action. Ethan’s loyalty is unquestionable – not just to the mission but to his team of Luther and Benji and his women. Yes, women in the plural as his heart ticks for MI6 agent Ilsa with whom he’s had a past and Julia, his wife from the past, and both women melt at the mere sight of him. Pure mush that serves as a side distraction from the tension of the mission. 


From mountaineering and flying a chopper to car chases and jumping blindly over rooftops, Ethan keeps the heart pounding. Aided with brilliance by cinematographer Rob Hardy, McQuarrie uses a dizzy number of locations that swing from Belfast, London and Paris to Siachen Glacier at the north-eastern tip of India for stunning set pieces of action. The action topped with Tom Cruise who ages with grace but bashes on regardless, makes the lengthy 147.55 minutes an endless gasp. Standout action sequences include one in the spiffy white washroom of the Grand Palais in Paris, a long run on roads and rooftops, and a rather stretched, vertigo-giving helicopter chase that’s high altitude and ends in high adrenaline.


Where McQarrie gets the mix right is in ensuring the action is implausibly thrilling but packed with warm ties and wit at unexpected moments. There’s a smile in place even in the washroom action.


Verdict: Even with young heartthrob Henry Cavill around as Walker, this is Tom Cruise’s franchise and works solely because Ethan is so endearingly reassuring.


For an action film that’s got style in its action and strong human bonds, Mission: Impossible Fallout gets a 3.5* rating.        


Direction: 4/5
Screenplay: 3.5/5

Story: 2/5
Dialogues: 3/5

Music: 3/5


Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author


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