It’s another Friday and your mission, should you choose to accept it is to read this blog post and enjoy Movie Night with me! This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds…
Now that the theme song has got you in the mood, get comfortable. Released about a month ago, Mission Impossible – Fallout has got Ethan Hawk out here, in what earnestly feels like his 100th mission, and I am here for it! If you haven’t seen any Mission Impossible movies, I don’t know, perhaps only Jesus can save you. In the meantime, forget your grim past because the future is already here:
As tempted as I am, I’ll try not to leave any spoilers, just so you can get as much of a kick out of this movie as I did. Let’s get into it.
The dialogue is witty as usual, the characters are familiar; friends and side-kicks; Benji and Luther are all here to help Ethan secure the elusive plutonium before it gets into the hands of old demons; Solomon Lane, and his terrorist group “the Apostles”. There are a number of cool quotes too:
Delivery Man: Fate whispers to the warrior
Ethan: There’s a storm coming
Delivery Man: And the warrior whispers back
Ethan: I am the storm.
The plot is so intriguing, you can’t tell what is going to happen next. Everyone is working with someone, for someone that isn’t supposed to be working for someone else. I know, I too got a little confused writing that. What I liked most about the plot were the common mistakes like forgetting the box, the truck getting stuck, the bike not starting and and unexpected technological nuisances like the computer getting wrecked and the scanner failing to work. Ethan pausing to think things through before jumping out of that window made the scene so much more realistic.
Ethan: Which way, Benji?
Benji: [over earpiece] Turn left! Go, go, go, go! What are you waiting for?
Ethan: I’m jumping out a window!
Benji: Oh, sorry. Good luck!
The fist-fight scenes were fast and intense, especially the fight in the bathroom. Sending Ethan through the mirror made me wince. Oh, this movie has some of the hottest “bad guys” I’ve seen on screen. Between punches, kicks and gunshots, I developed a mild fetish for Henry Cavill’s cleft chin. Remember him from Man of Steel? By God, he has got the most beautiful blue eyes in this movie. I’m not leaving out the Asian guy who gave both Tom and Henry a proper beating. Come to think of it, he won that fight.
The amount of chasing and running in this movie…pants…I need to catch my breath. The amount of chasing, first in a truck, then on a bike, then on foot, then in a car, then again on foot and finally in a helicopter. I swear at least 1 hour of this movie was spent running to, from or after something. In my head, I was gasping for breath . That much running cannot be good.
The cinematography was state of the art, keeping up with all the action from so many different perspectives. We are up one minute, down the next, right behind during a chase, tumbling in a crash and going black when someone is knocked out. It was all so perfectly engaging, I can’t fault anything.
In addition, there were a number of picturesque scenes in Paris, but my favorite was Kashmir; the glorious aerial view of the undulating landscape with what looked to me like patches of snow, probably done with a drone, and then the final scene at the magnificent Preikestolen, with the treacherous grey cliffs, the blue water and sky and the sunlight. Preikestolen popularly known as Preacher’s Chair or Pulpit Rock is actually a famous tourist attraction in Norway. Travel goals anyone?
I can’t complain about any part of this movie. It stayed true to the Mission Impossible theme, had the right amount of suspense, action and romance with out any sexual content. Hollywood seems to be dialing down on sexual content in action movies. Perhaps nudity is now so commonplace it is no longer erotic? Let me know what you think.
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To crown it all, this movie has a perfect ending. None of those deeply unsettling cliff-hangers that leave you with a chestful of unanswered questions. I found myself clapping and cheering at the end of this one, with this bitter-sweet feeling; the one where you are sad that the movie is over but it was worthwhile anyway.
There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace. The end you’ve always feared… is coming. It’s coming, and the blood will be on your hands.
This movie is for everyone. Date night, Girl’s night, lonely night, whatever your night really, it will be worthwhile. Well, everyone except young children. There isn’t that much blood and gore. However, there is violence and gun-fights, a lot of them.
I have a strong feeling this isn’t the last movie in the Mission Impossible series and I am happy about this. I’d like to binge watch all 6 of them just to get the whole stories straight. However, at this point, the name of subsequent movies should be reconsidered since the missions have been proven to be indeed possible. Won’t you agree?
Will I watch this movie again? Hell yeah! I’ll even save a copy on my hard disk in future. If you are still reading this and haven’t seen the movie, you can stop now. It’s showing in all the cinemas near you!
Have you seen Mission Impossible – Fallout? Let me know what you think in the comments!
As always, thank you for reading!
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