When the clock stops, Ethan Hunt will lose everyone he ever cared about.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout ( 2018 )

★★★1/2   |   Aug. 13, 2018

Mission Impossible : Fallout marks the sixth instalment of the franchise, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the mere three years that have elapsed since "Rogue" means that this is the quickest turn around for a Mission Impossible movie to date. In addition, it marks the first time a director (Christopher McQuarrie) has reprised his role. Tom Cruise, of course, returns as Ethan Hunt, and, even at 57, he shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he looks more at home in the role than ever before. All this despite suffering a broken ankle during a take, which, although delaying production for some time, remains in the film as a testament to his professionalism.

Having traded the life of his team for three plutonium cores he had in his possession, the responsibility of recovering them falls predictably on Hunt. This time, in addition to old friends, he must forge an un uneasy alliance with August Walker (Henry Cavill), a C.I.A. agent assigned to babysit him - a sign of their lack of faith in him and his methods. Walker is the antithesis of Hunt, in manner and execution. He's brutish where Hunt is delicate, and crude where Hunt is refined. The rest of Hunt's crew return also, along with Ilsa Faust, and they do battle against the remains of the syndicate, known as "The Apostles", and a shadowy figure known only as John Lark.

Despite a relatively long runtime, Fallout is a whirlwind tour that never lets up. There's hardly time for breath as Hunt's mission takes him to Belfast, Berlin, Paris, London and Kashmir.  We see a Halo jump, a dart through the streets of Paris on car, motorcycle and foot, and finally a helicopter chase. What this is, is an action movie, and in that sense, it's a roaring success. In terms of plot, the movie is not here to deliver anything as intricate as the earlier movies, and that is felt keenly throughout. That's not to say the plot is not intricate, but just in a relatively predictable way. A few efforts at misdirection are among the weakest segments of the movie. Two particular scenes, including the reveal of John Lark, have clumsy setups that give the game away before it ever gets going.

All in all, far from just building on the Mission Impossible Franchise, Fallout is one of its finest efforts, and almost certainly won't be the last we hear of Ethan Hunt.