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"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" Movie Review

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

When you see that something bad is about to happen, and you have the ability to stop it, would you? Would you put everything on the line to save millions of people, or would you walk away and hope somebody else comes along? That's the type of decision Ethan Hunt has had to make ever since Day 1 of working with the IMF. He's been put through all manner of hell in the name of saving others, with very little to show for it. No matter what the cost, Ethan still pushes through, choosing to do the right thing.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout follows Ethan and his team as they attempt to stop nuclear warfare by finding and obtaining three plutonium orbs that have fallen into the wrong hands. Solomon Lane's hands, in fact. He is a returning villain from the previous entry, Rogue Nation, and he's determined to make Ethan pay for disrupting The Syndicate's work.

There are a couple newcomers this time, one being Superman himself, Henry Cavill. I've seen Cavill in several different things and I have to say, outside of Superman, this was his best role by far. He was mysterious, shadowy, and you never knew whether or not you could trust him. I loved that about his character and the plotline he had.

Tom Cruise reunites with Ving Rhames, the two of them being the only two actors to appear in all six films. Simon Pegg is also back for his fourth go-around, this time having more of a central role among the big-timers.

The story was well-conceived and executed better. It had a constant sense of urgency, and always kept you on your toes. Several twists in the film were definitely shocks that I did not anticipate.

While the trailers may have you believe that this film is one action sequence after another, do keep in mind that trailers are meant to draw you in and make you want to see the film. Fallout focuses on story first and foremost. Don't get me wrong, the action scenes are jaw-dropping, even more so in 3D, and the stunts will have you wanting more.

One thing I can say about the story is that, even though it has a slower pace than the others, it still keeps the mystery alive and keeps you wanting to know what will happen next, something that The Equalizer 2 failed to do.

In conclusion, would I say this is my favorite of the six Mission: Impossibles? No, Ghost Protocol is still my absolute favorite. This one certainly ties for second, though. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.

© 2018 Nathan Jasper


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