He is 56. His last movie was not such a great thing. And he is the best they have got.
The beauty of a crescendo lies in the picking up softly and then reaching the peak. Mission: Impossible–Fallout is the peak of the symphony name Ethan Hunt.
This month it is Night Shift back at the office; so, I thought I have to give a miss to this movie. Then suddenly I decided to catch the movie in the morning instead of my sleep. I was drowsy at first, but, when the theme started playing the fatigue just kaboom.
Mission: Impossible–Fallout is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible series. The story carried forward from its last installment Rogue Nation (2015) at the same time it is a new story not relying completely on the last part. The Syndicate had broken after their leader Solomon Lane was arrested; now they are known as The Apostles. Now I will stop here because as you know the story followed the same known route, but, in its unique path.
Each installment of MI never fails to charm us with this old-school format of telling the story of mass destruction and double-crossing. So, where the freshness lies in this installment? It is the friction that director Christopher McQuarrie created as he was the writer also. He had gifted us The Usual Suspects as the screenwriter and as the co-writer Valkyrie. The way he used the character of Ethan Hunt it is commendable at the same time a thoughtful one; in Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in some scenes seems to be tired and exhausted, clearly seen in the Sniper Chase scene or the Vienna Opera Scene. This installment bringing in Henry Cavill, the director shows he might be old but he is not down. He is the just same old guy just a little bit of matured one. There can be another part completing the series after twenty-five years the first installment released.
The movie, but, is not only of Cruise; also of Henry Cavill. He had come a long way from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) as a spy. There he was a calm and composed charmer spy. Here, in Fallout, he was a CIA Assassin. There are a lot more in his character besides this. To avoid spoiler I am keeping them aside. Everyone will speak of Cruise, but, Cavill stole the heart of mine as his role of August Walker. Sometimes he acts as if Cruise is old and out of shape but he is not and sometimes he is calm like the summer sky–sunny and bright. He, I may not be exaggerating, can be considered as the next Bond; Tom Hardy though a frontrunner, but, I think he is already very much popular than Cavill. He never let me miss Jeremy Renner’s character of William Brandt.
Sean Harris as Solomon Lane is a surprise again in his silent act less dialogue man. Though he was overshadowed in some portion by his assistant–I am keeping it a secret to avoid the major twist to get leaked. But still, he had done a good act as the anarchist.
Fallout also saw development in the character of Benjamin “Benji” Dunn played by Simon Pegg. From being companion and aide this character has become a friend, a confidant. The way he conversed with Hunt is the way a demanding commanding friend should at the same time who is supportive too; (and) this is a far way leaped from the last time in Rogue Nation rebooting the character in a whole new light.
Ving Rhames, the veteran in the series, as always breathe into the required supportive role. Rebecca Ferguson returned as Ilsa Faust marked her appearance through some action sequences putting her as the competitor to Gal Gadot. Alec Baldwin and Michelle Monaghan are few more recurring character while Vanessa Kirby as White Widow and Angella Bassett as Erica Sloane round up the main character list.
Now, the main thing in the MI besides the story and the cast are the action scenes. There are, I think, the highest number of highest octane and nerve wrecking action stunts in this installment compare to other. They are a culmination of the last five installments like Spectre (2015) had does. They are designed and choreographed seamlessly and carefully. In the Paris Chase scene, the work of the camera and with that the score in the background composed the required tension and rushed out the adrenaline; in the coming years this scene, in particular, will be considered as one of the best action scenes in an action movie, and, according to me, this is second best tensed-scene after the Catch the Drop in Mission: Impossible I (1996).
Fallout proves one thing above all and that is, the series will be nothing without Tom Cruise. McQuarrie beautifully proves that through his writing by pitting the character of Cavill against the character of Cruise proving this series belongs to the old-school action guy who is learning over the years and seamlessly adapting to his surrounding. This is where the freshness lies in the movie along with gifting one of the best characters of the series through August Walker.
In the beginning, I spoke of crescendo. It remains incomplete or glitch-full if it is not placed softly and tenderly. So, another part is required as the follow-up. And as a fan, I will like to be it’s the conclusion to the series that started before the turn of the century in 1996. Though Liam Neeson (age 66) has proven to do action the age is just a number but Ethan Hunt has grown up as we (many) have and as a fan let’s not make me face him as an old man running and doing the stunts in this series at least.