Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
Release Date: December 4, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his friends over the mission, allowing it to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization. Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to work with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear threat. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT also stars Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.
Get ready for the biggest adventure yet in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ as Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his faithful team of IMF agents are put in a tough spot after Ethan makes the difficult call to save his own and loses a deadly batch of plutonium as a result. Unwilling to risk such an event occurring a second time, the CIA promptly intervenes and overtakes the mission, sending a violence-prone CIA hard-hitter (Cavill) along in order to keep things in order. But when the mission to recover the plutonium at any cost means breaking out one of the most dangerous men Ethan and his team have ever captured, things quickly escalate to another level of impossible; with key events from Ethan’s past seeming to reappear around every turn. Fortunately, the supposedly impossible is what Ethan and his talented team do best.
Directed once again by Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Way of the Gun) who also directed and co-wrote the previous entry in the series (the first director to helm multiple installments in the franchise), while also solely penning the screenplay this time around. McQuarrie does a fantastic job returning to the helm for ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and guiding along all of the tension, beauty and breathtaking action with true style. The sixth entry in the franchise includes a notable cast comprised of various returning individuals from previous installments along with a few newcomers and includes Tom Cruise (American Made), Henry Cavill (Justice League), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond), Rebecca Ferguson (Life), Sean Harris (Harry Brown), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), Vanessa Kirby (TV’s The Crown), Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) and Alec Baldwin (TV’s 30 Rock) along with more, nearly all delivering highly capable performances in each of their respective roles for the most part.
‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is another massively entertaining, fast moving and gravity defying entry in the continually noteworthy franchise, bringing what are without question some of the most spectacular and just downright jaw-dropping stunts and action sequences the series has yet to see (and it’s already seen some outright amazing moments to say the least). In addition to delivering in every conceivable way when it comes to the action and visual spectacle, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ does something very few of the previous films ever touched upon and brings back various key elements and players from prior entries, not to mention featuring the first returning villain in the franchise with Solomon Lane. Altogether it forms into a rewarding and wildly exciting chapter in the series that’s also easily one of the very best. I would strongly encourage anyone that tends to enjoy these movies and high-tension, action flicks with extravagant action sequences galore to try and make a point of giving ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ a chance whenever you might find the opportunity. Although probably not entirely necessary, I would also suggest trying to watch the other five movies in the series prior to this one for those who haven’t previously had the pleasure. Longtime fans of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film franchise on the other hand won’t even want to consider missing out on this one. At the absolutely least, it definitely shouldn’t have any trouble proving well worth your time and the price of a rental.
Overall, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is nothing short of spectacular. A magnificent and insanely entertaining ride that’s not just easily the most extravagant and visually spectacular installment yet, but also one of the very best in the franchise altogether; definitely no small accomplishment six films in. ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is definitely highly recommended, especially for longtime fans of this continually impressive series that are certain to appreciate finally seeing so many factors from prior entries being addressed, and to appreciate the breathtaking action sequences that once again never fail to amaze. Causal fans of the series will probably enjoy this one a great deal as well, although it would definitely be beneficial to check out the other five entries beforehand if possible as this one certainly connects to the previous movies more than any prior film in the series which may occasionally leave some folks a bit confused.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a varying Aspect Ratio that retains the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio for the majority of the feature, while opening to a 1.90:1 Aspect Ratio for two key action sequences in order to better represent the IMAX presentation of those scenes. The video presentation looks pretty fantastic as a whole and delivers a sharp, bright and relatively smooth video presentation throughout with no significant faults or issues to be found along the way. It holds up admirably even during the various darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that looks consistently great throughout and shouldn’t disappoint the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack serves up an impressive and hard hitting audio experience to compliment the onscreen insanity. Providing a crisp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentation throughout that constantly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send vehicles, bullets, water, crowd chatter and a whole lot more whipping throughout the various speakers at every fitting opportunity, while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a magnificent and hard hitting Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that contributes a great deal of additional fun to the overall viewing experience and is sure to thrill even the pickiest of audiophiles.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ includes numerous worthwhile extras that fans of the series should appreciate, including a second Blu-ray disc dedicated entirely to supplements, along with a few audio-related extras on the Feature Film disc. For the sake of simplicity and easy navigation, I’ve broken down the extras by disc below:
Included on the first disc along with the Feature Film are ‘3 Audio Commentary tracks’; the first of which is an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise’, while the second is an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie and Editor Eddie Hamilton’ and the third an ‘Audio Commentary with Composer Lorne Balfe’. An ‘Isolated Score Track’ option is also included.
Included on the second disc dedicated solely to extras is a collection of various Behind the Scenes Featurettes that take you deeper into bringing various aspects of the film to life and featuring behind the scenes footage, interviews/comments by members of the cast and crew, along with more. The included Featurettes which can be found on the Extras menu under ‘Behind the Fallout’ are: ‘Light the Fuse’ (running approximately 11 minutes in length), ‘Top of the World’ (running approximately 11 minutes), ‘The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown’ (approximately 4 minutes), ‘Rendezvous in Paris’ (7 minutes), ‘The Fall’ (6 minutes), ‘The Hunt is On’ (11 minutes) and ‘Cliffside Clash’ (4 minutes). We are also treated to a ‘Deleted Scenes Montage with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie and Editor Eddie Hamilton’ (approximately 4 minutes), along with a ‘Foot Chase Musical Breakdown’ (5 minutes) and ‘The Ultimate Mission’ Featurette (3 minutes). The ‘Theatrical Trailer’ for the movie (approximately 3 minutes) is also included, in addition to ‘4 Storyboards’: ‘Paris’, ‘What If?’, ‘London’ and ‘Helicopter’.