Enjoy the ‘Fallout’ as Cruise reassumes the mission position
The sixth instalment of ‘Mission Impossible’ hits all the right buttons
When you take out your wallet and spend your (maybe) hard-earned cash on a ticket to an action thriller at the cinema, what makes the film worth your money?
Is it suspense? Car chases? Fight scenes? Twists? Leather jackets? Motorbikes? A sad past that keeps haunting the hero? Confusion over who the real bad guy is? Blurred morality lines? Power struggles? Tom Cruise running faster than Usain Bolt?
Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the latest instalment in the spy thriller franchise, has all of that PLUS a crying Ving Rhames (let there be memes).This is Tom Cruise’s sixth time playing leather jacket-loving super spy Ethan Hunt. When we last saw Hunt, in 2015’s Rogue Nation, he was on the run from the CIA while hunting down a criminal organisation called the Syndicate and still fighting some personal demons.In Mission: Impossible - Fallout (that’s a lot of punctuation for just three words) Hunt is still fighting his personal demons and he’s still being given missions through messages that self-destruct.
His latest mission (should he choose to accept) has him on the hunt for an anarchist organisation and its leader after they steal radioactive chemicals with the intention of causing biological warfare. Hunt must win over the White Widow, an underground figure who is probably his only lead to those stolen chemicals.
The White Widow (what a silly name) is played by the magnetic and brilliant Vanessa Kirby, who was Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of Netflix drama The Crown. Even with the little screen time she gets, Kirby is a force who owns the screen and dominates each scene without even trying. Lizzie, make her a Dame already.Ilsa Faust (played by Rebecca Ferguson) returns (she was also in Rogue Nation) to provide the sexual tension and mental wrestling between her and Hunt. Ving Rhames brings the soppiness (yup) and Simon Pegg is, as always, the brilliant comic relief.
Joining the team is the CIA’s August Walker (played by Henry Cavill, who is gorgeous as ever and wooden as always). Walker (it’s hard to forget his name as he keeps introducing himself to everyone in the movie) is Hunt’s nanny slash rival slash enemy. Cavill gets some really cool fight scenes (including the best one in the film), but he could have done with way less dialogue (he’s more charismatic when he’s quiet).
Of course some of the plot points and stunts are utterly ridiculous, but nothing will ever be more ridiculous than a submarine being used in a car chase in one of the Fast & Furious films (they all blur into one another, so it’s difficult to remember which one). So Fallout is still on the safe side of ridiculous.Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a fun ride and it will have you holding your breath and gripping your chair even though you know Tom Cruise ain’t gonna die. This is a blockbuster action thriller done right.