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- Apr 4, 2017
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Mission Impossible: Fallout
I have no idea how Cruise is doing it, but the Mission Impossible series has become the series that just won’t die. I liken it to the Fast & Furious series. Both franchises came out with a good (some may say great for the first Mission Impossible, but I’m biased) first film, a botched second film, and a decent third film that financially spelled the end of the series. Somehow they were able to fund a 4th film years later, and suddenly the entire franchise is given new life and has passed 6 films (8 for the Fast & Furious series) and showing no signs of slowing down! Not to mention the fact that they keep getting bigger and better as they go. I loved the first film in this series, and LIKE MI:2 for the goofy John Woo action film for what it was, but giving Brad Bird the reins reinvigorated Cruise’s legacy in ways I didn’t think possible. The addition of a new crew, and an AMAZING stunt sequence out in Dubai made for one of the single best films that had been made. Then when McQuarrie took over for Rogue Nation (a man who had directed one film out in 2000, and then Jack Reacher, before being handed a $100+ million budgeted blockbuster) we saw some of the most complex twists the series had yet to give us.
Then comes Mission Impossible: Fallout. The series that refuses to die actually one ups itself by creating one of the best Mission Impossible films to date, rivaling the first one as well as Ghost Protocol. McQaurrie continues on with his story, and makes Fallout the movie that actually ties directly into multiple previous entries, most importantly Rogue Nation. When we last left the IMF team, Solomon Lane and his rogue syndicate trying to destroy the “old order” had been dismantled. Lane was in custody, and the world was safe, or so it seemed. 2 years later Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF task force are informed that Lane’s syndicate is still alive and well, even though the head of the snake had been cut off. Renaming themselves “The Apostles”, Lane’s cadre of super spies are continuing on with his force, and have actually got their hands on some plutonium cores. Sent to hunt down and get the plutonium before they can complete their mission, Ethan makes an actual mistake. Trying to save his teammate Luthor’s (Ving Rhames) life, he and Benji (Simon Pegg) let The Apostles get access to three plutonium cores.
Bound and determined to fix his mistake, The secretary of the IMF (Alec Baldwin) sends out Ethan’s crew along with a CIA agent named August Walker (Henry Cavill) to hunt down and get the plutonium back before The Apostles can do some SERIOUS worldwide damage. However, upon arriving in France, Ethan learns that things are a bit more serious than he could have ever imagined. The arms dealer that was supplying the plutonium has been meeting with the Apostles and their price is the freedom of their previous leader, Solomon Lane. Now Ethan and the IMF are forced to infiltrate the organization, steal back Solomon Lane from whatever black hole he’s been crammed into, AND evade MI-6 agent Isla Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who has her own mysterious motives for Lane as well. All while getting the plutonium back, staying alive, and surviving more than a few double crosses.
What’s neat about the tie ins is that we actually get to see elements from several other Mission Impossible films outside of the McQuarrie ones. The trailer spoiled it a while back, but Ethan’s ex wife (Michelle Monaghan) plays an important role for the final act, and there’s a nifty little nod to the first film in the way of the White Widow arms dealer that Ethan has to meet. If you listen to her commemorative speech when you first see her, you hear her going on about her dear mother “Max”, which is something any fan of the original film should pick up on automatically (like mother, like daughter I guess). Luckily it’s a wink and a nod, and those not familiar with the nuances of the first film won’t be left hanging and it acts more like an Easter Egg for the fans.
I really REALLY enjoyed this entry into the Mission Impossible series, and have to say that McQuarrie has really found his niche with this series. His action is excellent (while there’s some quick cuts, he focuses on sustained action sequences, which REALLY pleases me a lot), and Tom Cruise’s enthusiasm for the role is palpable. The motorcycle chase sequence (Tom Cruise is a rabid cyclist, and does his own bike stunts for 99% of the time) is phenomenal, and except for the final act getting ridiculous, the movie is a near perfect action film.
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language
4K Video: Video:
Coming to a head, the HDR and Dolby Vision (I had to take this disc over to a friend’s house to checkout the Dolby Vision, as it was rumored to be excellent) really boosts those problematic areas. Black areas are deep and silky, showing tons of shadow detail all around. Also, the more colorful moments of the film (such as the third act set against the snowy mountains) looks incredible with the advanced and brighter color spectrum. Fine details are abundant, and clear, but the bleak look of the film and long shots in under ground shadowy bunkers did tax even the skills of HDR and DV enabled discs. Some shots showed some minor smearing, and faces tend to look a bit washed out in those shots. However, this is still an excellent disc, and the use of the IMAX shots (the HALO Jump and the helicopter chase in the final act) are a real treat for 4K UHD users, making this one incredible looking 4K UHD disc.
- Light the Fuse
- Top of the World
- The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown
- Rendezvous in Paris
- The Fall
- The Hunt is On
- Cliffside Clash
• Deleted Scenes Montage with Optional Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton
• Foot Chase Musical Breakdown
• The Ultimate Mission
• Theatrical Trailer
• Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise
• Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton
• Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe
• Isolated Score Track
Mission Impossible: Fallout is a smart action movie, and while it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it does stick to tried and true spy craft tropes to keep it engaging and fun. Plus, honestly, who doesn’t love seeing Tom Cruise in an action movie? I was enthralled with how they kept up the ludicrous, over the top stunts, while infusing some realism with Cruise’s age. The sequence in the bathroom where both Hunt and Walker get their butts DESTROYED by their target was incredibly awesome, yet hilariously fun to watch Hunt not able to come out on top by himself for once. McQuarrie’s addition to the directorial roster has been a huge boon for the franchise, as he’s serialized it and pushed it forward in ways that has allowed the movies to remain relevant some 23 years past the original film’s release. Paramount also brings the pain with some amazing technical specs for the audio/video and a whole plethora of special features to enjoy. Simply put, this is a great movie, and an absolutely amazing release. Especially when you factor in the 4K UHD video being head and shoulders above the Blu-ray, which has problems resolving some of the more bleak visuals of the film. Highly recommended as a great buy.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1, 1.90:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), Spanish (Castilian), Spanish, French, French (Canadian), Portuguese DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Flemish, Norwegian, Swedish
Runtime: 147 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: December 4th, 2018
Recommendation: Great Buy