The most anticipated blockbuster movie for this summer has finally made it to the giant screen, the latest MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT with the best intention coming back to haunt you. Tom Cruise is unstoppable even at his 55 years of age and still jumping out of the planes (to be précised, this time it is from the helicopter and he even learned how to fly it). We all know that Cruise does his own stunt always, not only challenging his own fitness but also takes us to those remote yet magnificent and exotic locations to join him for his adventure and chase.

Cruise action pack movie is also out and out entertaining, exciting and thrilling. In his latest Mission Impossible - Fallout movie which is undoubtedly another new blockbuster hit. Over the past two decades, Cruise has produced, starred in and performed in the most mind-blowing stunts in the Mission: Impossible films, a global cultural phenomenon that has grossed more than $2.8 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

At Cruise’s request, McQuarrie became the first filmmaker ever to return to direct a second Mission: Impossible film. “One of the signature elements of the franchise is that there has been a different director for every movie,” McQuarrie explains. “When Tom asked me to come back and direct this one I said I would do it on the condition that I could maintain the spirit of that tradition by completely changing the visual language from the previous film.” Cruise agreed and has had a deep admiration for McQuarrie’s ability as a filmmaker since the pair first collaborated on the 2012 action thriller Jack Reacher. “I love working with McQ,” says Cruise. “He is enormously talented. He wanted to change the visual style so it would be as though someone else had directed it, and he succeeded. But it still has his bold storytelling sensibility. I love the toughness of the movie and the characters.”

Indeed the latest franchise highlighted Ethan Hunt as a tough hero and an appealing character on a truly instinctive level. McQuarrie was eager to explore a darker and more human side of the film’s central character. “Ethan has always been a bit of a mystery,” he observes. “This time I wanted to be more inside his head and feel his connection with other people. The title refers not only to nuclear fallout but also to the fallout of all of Ethan’s good intentions. He has walked into a situation beyond his control, and he has to go through it even though he knows he’s being manipulated."

At the heart of the story is a wrenching decision Hunt makes that comes back to haunt him. In the beginning, Ethan is in a tough place. He has made a mistake, and he’s encountering elements from his past that have emotional connections. He has to decide: Does he save his friends and family or save perhaps millions from the destructive forces he’s up against? He has a lot of soul searching to do. Cruise embodies his character in a way that few action stars ever have. “Tom not only brings great drama to the role, but he has the physical ability to do things another performer would not, both by his training and his daring. I think you can probably separate most other action franchises from their stars, but without Tom there really isn’t an Ethan Hunt, at least not the one audience worldwide have so wholeheartedly embraced.” Said producer Jake Myers.

McQuarrie believes one of the reasons the franchise remains so popular is Cruise’s insatiable desire to make each film more thrilling and intense than its predecessor. “It never stands still,” says the director, who also directed 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.  “But most importantly it never forgets the audience. Tom is first and foremost an entertainer. Everything he’s doing in the movies is to take you places you’ve never been, to show you things you’ve never seen, and to put you in the experience right there with him.” There are lots of street and roof chasing – by foot or by motor vehicles in well known city locations and unknown destinations, jumping, running, falling, shooting and flying. The Paris car chasing scene was shot in a way to provoke your vision as though you were part of the chase – visually. There is the scene when Hunt was on his BMW motorbike hit by a car and flipped him over (which was shown in the trailer) that really had frighten the guy sitting next to me for seconds and stumbled his feet and also other women at the back screaming.

Often in Cruise movie that the co-stars who have shone brightest and somehow steal the show, this time the villain played by the husky voice Sean Harris continues from Rouge Nation is more floating onto the surface for his character’s appearance despite there were not many scenes in comparing to the other handsome and talented villain – and you know who.

Review: 4/5
Opens citywide: 26th July 2018

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