Movie Review: `Mission Impossible: Fallout'

Guaranteed to leave you breathless with plot twists, stupendous chase scenes, mistaken identifies, double crosses and sinister motives
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Secret government agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies, as he tries to prevent the world from coming to an end.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is the sixth installment of spy movie franchise, and it may be one of the most suspenseful films this summer. It’s exciting to watch Tom Cruise leap from rooftops and airplanes, catapult off cliffs, recklessly ride his motorcycle, parachute into a lightning storm, and ram into the bad guys with his helicopter. There are mistaken identifies, double crosses and sinister motives. The plot is about Cruise and his team tracking down stolen plutonium from terrorists, in a race against time to save the world from annihilation. 

The story begins with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) receiving a package which contains the details of his mission, which he chooses to accept. Ethan is asked to recover three plutonium orbs which are sold on the black market.  A terrorist group named “The Syndicate” wants to use the plutonium to build nuclear bombs, so they can destroy the world and start over.  Ethan and his team, Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg,) head to Berlin to get the stolen plutonium before the terrorists do. On an airplane, an anarchist named Lark escapes with a briefcase carrying the three plutonium orbs.

​Lark wants to give the briefcase with the plutonium orbs to a blond woman known as the White Widow (Vanessa Kirby).The white widow is somewhat of a mystery, She appears to be a philanthropist who runs a charity, but in reality she is an arms dealer and a broker between terrorists. She seems to enjoy being involved with all these shady characters, so you can’t trust her.

When the mission goes awry, CIA Head, Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) insists that one of her handpicked agents, August Walker (Henry Cavill), must accompany Ethan as he heads off to Paris to retrieve the plutonium. Ethan’s boss Alan Henley (Alec Baldwin) reluctantly agrees.

The plan is for Ethan to capture Lark in Paris, impersonate him, and meet the White Widow, so that the plutonium doesn’t fall into the wrong hands…However. Ethan discovers that the real Lark wanted to exchange the plutonium for British traitor Soloman Lane (Sean Harris), the villain from the previous “MI: Rouge Nation” movie. Evidently, Solomon Lane wants to even the score for what Ethan did to him previously. What appears to be a very simple mission of recovering some missing plutonium reveals itself to be a trap set by Lane. Ethan finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former as he tries to prevent the world from being blown to smithereens.

Appropriateness for Children

Parents considering “Mission: Impossible — Fallout" should be aware that the PG-13 rating is fully merited. The movie is best suited for teenagers and adults, because of the nonstop violence, with shootings, fist fights, knife fights, explosions, car crashes, electrocution, drowning, and extensive use stun guns, explosives and bombs. One of the most chilling scenes occurs in a nightclub bathroom, when villains are attacked, gunned down, and repeatedly knifed in the stomach. Onlookers see them behind the toilet stall and assume it’s a gay rape. Critics hailed the bathroom scene as a provocative masterpiece but its gut wrenching to watch men being brutally murdered. 

Final Take 

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is guaranteed to leave audiences breathless with many plot twists, stupendous chase scenes,  mistaken identifies, double crosses and sinister motives. It's filmed on high-stake locations, including Paris, Berlin, London and Kashmir. There's a motorcycle chase through Paris that passes through the Champs-Elysees and around the Arc De Triomphe. Later, Ethan runs on foot through St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He also takes a helicopter chase through Kashmir, running out of gas and almost crashing, in the film’s most gripping sequence. Reportedly, Cruise broke his ankle while filming the roof leaping scene, but he bounced back and kept on filming. It’s very believable to see him beaten, battered and bruised and he tries to save the day. 

What I liked best about "Fallout" is it's patriotic and redemptive message. Ethan risks his own life in order to defend his country. He sacrifices his physical safety, personal life and emotional well-being. He doesn’t want millions of people to die at the hands of terrorists. As a secret government agent, Ethan accepts what life gives him and finds himself in the midst of adversity. His unwavering, sacrificial dedication to protecting life, whether just one life or millions, saves the day. 

Interestingly, Ethan does not have a love interest in this movie. His ex-wife appears in a few scenes, but she has remarried and moved on with her life. There are no damsels in distress, or bikini bombshells. It’s refreshing to see female characters fully clothed, with minds of their own.