The familiar chimes of a flute, the booming sounds of a drum, and the orchestra starts up on a familiar tune that is pleasing to the ears of fans aloud. Yes, this can be any movie, but for this reviewer, it means that it’s the theme to a series that continues to sneak around in modern times. I’m talking about the spy thriller series that has dug up more terrorist plots than Sherlock Holmes, where gadgets and gizmos are utilized to conceal more than kill. I think you know what I mean, (most likely because you read the title) and thus we enter the latest review on Robbie’s list. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to read on to find out my thoughts. Agent Karim bringing you a review on:
Movie: Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
Acting: Get down to the basics first, the agents selected for this mission certainly had the skills to bring the adventure to life. A solid chemistry between the various players in the game, Fallout’s pieces have been fine tuned to provide a cavalcade of thrilling characters worthy of bringing the conspiracy to life. Cruise leads the group the most, utilizing the majority of the screen time to be the keystone for just about everything. Newcomer Cavill is also a welcome addition, dropping his superhero leotard and its morals for a new set of justice to be served. And as for the supporting players of Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Sean Harristhey too are elite enough to be integrated into the mix.
The Story: If you have followed the series up until this point, seldom do we have solid connections between movies, with only the team and a tiny thread to tie each lead together. For once, Mission Impossible straight up follows a movie, and the continuity is welcomed as it opens up new avenues for than and the gang to travel. While the majority of the plot is pretty straight and narrow in regards to a spy thriller, the victory comes in seeing a few of the characters get unclassified. It’s fantastic growth that the series needed that managed to get integrated well. In addition, the story manages to bend from the linear presentation, resulting in a little more excitement to be had.
Pace: If it’s a like, you know it moves, and for a 150-minute run time that pace is key to keeping people intrigued. Fallout forgoes much of the slower, drawn out jargon filled moments to keep a continuously moving story, which worked very well for me. In addition, the liner story bypassed the convoluted presentation the first movie had, which I think is a victory for most.
The Action: Since the reboot of Ghost Protocol, the MI series has really found its roots in the action genre, which works very well for me. Much of the pace of the films has to do with the amount of action in this piece and the numerous sequences it contains of spy warfare. Exciting vehicle changes, some gunplay, and ruthless physical combat await the audience members in this piece and this dynamic change of action theme further strengthened the film. Of course, the special effects and sound editing helped bring the scenes to life, alongside a supporting music list, which gave it the theater worthy quality. Yes, the action is certainly the selling point of the movie and will win the hearts of adrenaline junkies like me to no fault.
The Comedy: Again, the writers have done their homework and accomplished a balance of funny meeting thriller. MI 6 does not rely on cheap gimmicks to deliver its laughs, but instead is a display of the art of comedic timing, non-grandiose acting, and simple facial mechanics to deliver the gold. To integrate it into the scenes without diverging too far is an added bonus that I relish to see in future installments.
Cheesy at Times: My friend was right on one level; the MI series continues to get cheesier with every rendition. This isn’t a total bad thing, but Fallout sort of crosses into that territory more than the other installments for me (at least form what I remember). It follows a lot of stereotypical spy gimmicks, including the ability to somehow stretch 15 minutes into 45 minutes by some form of magic. In addition, the corniness starts to come in the extreme stunts and nearly invincible forms of the agents until that one special wound. Don’t mind this? Fantastic! However, the MI series needs to keep check or risk falling into the obscure stunts laid out by Fast and Furious.
Predictable: They tried to throw curve balls our way, utilizing the art of multiple deceptions and suggestions to lead us astray of the true plot. A noble effort indeed, but the film is still a very predictable tale to say the least. Some of this comes from the fact that the movie’s linearity is just leading us to the final point and you know deep down something good is going to happen. Another component comes from the fact the five trailers have shown a good majority of clips that you can search for in the 150 minutes. Yet for me, the movie almost tried too hard to throw too many twists into the mix, resulting in lackluster revelations (some of which were buried in jargon conversation). The series had moments to really surprise, they just didn’t quite execute them.
The Length: Sure, an action filled dynamic was able to lighten much of the load, but that doesn’t mean the movie still isn’t long. MI 6 is not for the ADD, and may require several trips to the bathroom if you guzzle down your drinks. This is a dislike only because there were some areas that it could have tightened up, as well as several places to end the movie for another sequel. Had they utilized the time better, I think I could have given it higher, but hey, you do get your money’s worth right?
New Characters: A few were used well, and others not so much. Fallout introduces new pieces to the game that hold potential, but we haven’t quite seen their full capabilities unleashed yet on screen. Future installments will hopefully hold the keys to their influences and lethality, but at this stage of the game they were nearly pointless for me for the length they were focused on.
This installment of the MI series is a nuclear blast of action packed stunts, mixed well with an expanded story, good acting, and strong writing by the team. It certainly is one of the more exciting spy thrillers and will fuel the drive to stick it to the end. As the fallout begins to occur though, the lengthy time may wear on you, especially given the predictable, and semi grandiose, elements of the movie that ironically needed some restructuring. Still, all the excitement and special effects nets this movie a must see in theaters for the experience award, and is currently the leader for the month of July for me. Catch it fast before the next rush of movies my friends, or await the rent on Netflix.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 7.5