Mission Impossible is the polar opposite of what most franchises have become. The first two are rather hideous compared to the most recent three films. Since Mission Impossible III, there’s been an upward trend of these movies. First returning director for the franchise, Christopher McQuarrie, came aboard the franchise with Rogue Nation and great results. Fallout is somewhat a continuation of leftover events from Rogue Nation. Remember what I mentioned earlier about the upward trend? Somehow, these films continue to get better. Fallout brings the series its best moments and likely the best film of the franchise and a memorable staple for all action films.
Mission Impossible Fallout rides a non-stop wave of action, drama, and comedy all parts great. However, the action trumps the rest with some of the best stunts and most exhilarating moments of any action series. This is done thanks to excellent sound design and remarkable tracking of nearly every action scene. The cinematography is fantastic and is complimented by one kinetic score that drives the film and helps build intensity as well. There are at least five action sequences that I’m particularly stunned by and the rest of the action is enthralling. Every single act of the film reaches brilliant dramatic heights because the acting is so good.
Everyone does a stellar job and everyone gets something to do in the film. There is one bizarre addition to the film but it ended up working out rather well and patches up an issue with the series. Tom Cruise is energetic as ever as Ethan Hunt. Rebecca Ferguson attributes to another solid performance as well. The background characters feel more like foreground characters and the villain is even better this time around. Henry Cavil’s character starts a little murky for me but gets more compelling as the film goes on.
On a technical merit this film is magnificent, everything from shot selection to sound editing and beyond. McQuarrie juggles the characters and the action effortlessly. Pacing is never an issue in this 2 hour and 27 minute film, which I’m still amazed at. Fallout is the best shot action movie I’ve seen in years. It showcases some breathtaking master shots and near perfect tracking shots. All of this is happening with the score occasionally driving the film and it turns out brilliantly well. This is the type of film that really does fire on all cylinders.
The script has tight and memorable dialogue with some narrative cliches of the genre present but none that are too bad. When there’s only three apparent, the film boasts so many narratively fantastic moments that vastly outnumber these three minor cliches. McQuarrie has proven to be an expert screenwriter and this is some of his best work. Fallout also has some of the better dramatic and comedic moments of the series. Even after the huge triumphs of the last three films, this series continues to hit a fever pitch with each new installment. Fallout may very well be the best of them all. In the pantheon of action, Mission Impossible Fallout is a benchmark for the series and for all action films.