Are some sequels actually getting better? To the point that they eclipse their predecessors??
This summer’s ‘Equalizer 2’ would suggest that. But the latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ flick really drives the point home with a furious exclamation mark – it IS possible to get better with age! Because this chapter is by far the best in the series………by a long shot.
‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ outright pounds its fan base with action, and never really lets up. Sure, there’s some interesting character expansion in the rare four or five minute spans that someone isn’t running, jumping, hacking, shooting, brawling, falling or wearing an elaborate disguise – but make no mistake, the aforementioned shopping list o’ fun stuff is the reason ‘Fallout’ cooks, and cooks well.
Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, as the film picks up not long after the events of ‘Rogue Nation’. The Apostles, a splinter cell of The Syndicate (rogue agents-turned-really-really-really nasty terrorists) have managed to get their hands on three stolen plutonium spheres. Ethan and his team (Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames) are tasked with getting them back, which they do…temporarily. When an undercover buy goes terribly sideways, Ethan is forced to make a choice between ensuring the safety of millions of people or one of his closest pals; he of course chooses the latter, ’cause that’s what heroes do – they rescue EVERYBODY, even though it means two plus hours of running, jumping, hacking, shoo……well heck, you know the list.
Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Superman) is a hoot as a grim, absolutely chiseled CIA agent assigned to watching over Hunt and his crew, Rebecca Ferguson is again solid as the closest thing to a love interest for Ethan that this series currently has, Alec Baldwin delivers that traditional husky whispered Baldwin brilliance as the hilariously stereotypical boss man, and Sean Harris is as intimidating as bad guys come. ‘Fallout’ works, not only for writer/director Christopher McQuarrie’s commitment to keep the adrenaline level red lined, but because it really is an effective ensemble piece. From the humorous banter to Cruise’s crazy stunts – everything is clicking with this one. I even thought the 3-D worked wonderfully well…..and trust me, I don’t always leave a 3-D movie saying THAT.