I’m not the biggest Tom Cruise fan, but when I first saw the trailer for Mission Impossible: Fallout, I was excited. In the sixth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team, Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) race against the clock to correct a mission that’s gone terribly wrong.
In an action movie, I don’t go in expecting great line delivery or even chemistry between characters. Most of the time I just want great fight choreography and big stunts. Mission Impossible: Fallout delivered on the former and the latter. The additions of Agent Walker (Henry Cavill) and Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) made for great interactions and when Cavill delivered his lines, they were just as intense as reloading his fists in that bathroom fight scene from the trailer. Not to mention that Bassett and Cavell together have so much chemistry that I wish they were a part of the same comic book cinematic universe.
The IMF team of Ethan, Benji, and Luther are as in sync as ever with perfect comedic timing when needed and great gadget exposition when the times call for it. Rhames even has an emotional scene towards the end of the film with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).
Unlike other action flicks, the movie was strong because of its characters and script, not in spite of it. I want to note that this installment of the Mission Impossible franchise has more stunts than any other. Not only are they grand examples of adventure but the focus on practical effects, the insistence of Cruise to do his own stunt work, and the use of real locations make its action stong in a visual and visceral sense.
The only issues I have with the film are that some of the action scenes dragged on too long. There are pieces of the action sequence where the only sound used is the score. Although the music in this movie is great, 30-seconds of prolonged running doesn’t get better with a great track. With a car chase that just kept going and silent moments of ominous walking, I can’t say this movie was perfect. That being said, for a summer action flick with an amazing cast, new and old, I can overlook that piece and firmly say that I would love to watch Mission Impossible: Fallout on the big screen again. Even if it’s only to watch a supercut of Tom Cruise performing his own stunts. Appearing in the trailer, the rope climb onto the helicopter and jumping onto the other building – which resulted in a broken foot – are just two stunts out of an action-packed two and a half-hour ride.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
I would love to watch Mission Impossible: Fallout on the big screen again. Even if it’s only to watch a supercut of Tom Cruise performing his own stunts. Appearing in the trailer, the rope climb onto the helicopter and jumping onto the other building – which resulted in a broken foot – are just two stunts out of an action-packed two and a half-hour ride.
Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s also a Certified Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho? and Did You Have To?. She also manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, film, TV, and anime. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies focusing on how pop culture impacts society.