Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  , , . Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , Christopher McQuarrie, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   

It’s been twenty-two years since  first starred in this American James Bond franchise, and it hasn’t lost its power to thrill, which is amazing considering that the plot involves the same variables every time:  a device is in the wrong hands, and Ethan Hunt is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back, and generally does so in the nick of time.   Any numbness to the story’s familiarity is overcome by superb execution in this wonderful sixth chapter, with Hunt covering Berlin, Paris, London and eventually the mountains of Kashmir in an effort to recover a payload of plutonium that an unknown madman wants to use to cause mass destruction.  is excellent in a work suit and daddy mustache as the agent who is assigned to tail Hunt by CIA director , suspicious as she is of ‘s IMF and what she calls their Halloween ways.  Determined to out-do the famous British spy franchise, Cruise can’t find a building too high to climb or run across, or a flying vehicle he won’t dangle from to make sure the world is saved, and director Christopher McQuarrie wisely lets the action sequences take center stage while the details of the plot are explained in gobbledy-gook dialogue scenes that require none of your attention.  Older and not as anxious to prove his cocky young man persona as he was in the past, Cruise’s personality displays a level of self-deprecating humour missing in the earlier chapters, making the ego issues that have inspire him to insist on these obnoxiously ridiculous stunts at his age so much easier to bear.  It’s worth noting that he surrounds himself, Fast and Furious style, with a terrific group of supporting characters that he holds onto (unlike in the first film when he killed them in the first act).   is deliciously fun as a slinky arms dealer (whose crime fetish Brian De Palma would have exploited better, just saying) while shines in her returning role as the motorcycle-riding agent who is always around to help our hero out of his worst messes.  The climactic scene aboard two helicopters is truly astonishing.

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