'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' makes Tom Cruise a real stunt master

Jul 29, 2018
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My biggest endorsement for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' is not really the brilliance of the stacked action sequences, but the commitment of the crew up to the actors to pull these off as practical as possible. There have been six films now in the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, each with insane stunt performed mostly by its lead star Tom Cruise. It is known that Cruise had acrobatics on top of the Burj Khalifa and strapped himself in the doors of a flying plane hanging on for his dear life. But for this latest entry, he will jump over 10,000 feet in the air just because he has to.

In 'Fallout,' Cruise reprises as Ethan Hunt. He, Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) failed a mission on obtaining nuclear weapon known as "plutonium." In the middle of pursuing the missing bomb, they teamed up with the CIA comprised of Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) and his August Walker, played by Henry Cavill. But retrieving it will just lead them to a labyrinth of mysteries and unwanted tragedies.

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Unlike preceding films, this film plays a direct follow-up to the last entry 'Rogue Nation.' The latter film's scene-stealer Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa Faust, again compromising Hunt's mission because of her history. Her inclusion here lifts up the emotional plays of the story, because relationships between characters are really tested in the film. For something that is banking mostly on crazy set pieces, having very compelling character arcs obviously makes everything better. 

The inclusion of Henry Cavill was a great move. It is widely known the things Cavill can perform on-camera, action wise. And he is quite a commanding presence here, going toe-to-toe with Cruise. Their pairing makes up for the best sequences in the entire film. 

It's impossible (pun intended) to not be drawn with Tom Cruise here. The actor's commitment to his craft really is amazing. To compare him with the likes of stunt masters Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd among others would probably be an overstatement, but he does it here. Six times (and other instances) in fact. There's an immense amount of realism with the action, and you can see all the difference for events of CGI use in the movie. And these scenes would go very long, and extends to another one. Christopher McQuarrie really manages to enhance his directorial chops by allowing the set pieces go wide with great clarity and visible continuity. 

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'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' definitely is one of the finest action movies this year. Seeing every bits and actions unfold is really reminiscent of reading a great Clancy Brown novel. Sure enough, this is a plain popcorn blockbuster that happens to have an incredibly fascinating material to boot. 

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' is now showing in cinemas nationwide. See it on the biggest screen, I suggest IMAX. 

Photo credits: United International Pictures

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