Mission Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. (from IMDB)

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Holy Hell.  I’m going to just say it this is the best action movie since 2015’s Mad Max Fury Road.  While the first 3 MI films are good, the franchise has been on another level since 2011 with Ghost Protocol.  They kicked up a notch again in 2015 with Rogue Nation, and just when you thought the ceiling couldn’t get any higher- enter Fallout.  Christopher McQuarrie who directed Rogue Nation returns here, and delivers one of the most thrill inducing action flicks of the 21st century.

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While Tom Cruise’s death defying stunts, and undeniable charisma are a big selling factor, the real star here is director Christopher McQuarrie.  His work is nothing short of masterful.  Ethan Hunt is always known for his secret agent work, but the way that McQuarrie is able to interject heartfelt moments about Hunt’s past that don’t take away from any of the breathtaking action is really phenomenal.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT    There really isn’t too much down time in any of the films in this franchise, but Fallout has the smallest amount yet.  There is not a second to breathe, you go from one mind blowing action set piece to the next.  The bathroom fight scene, and a few different car chases are going to blow you away.  And please don’t even get me started on the perfectly executed finale.  The ending is the excellent culmination of everything that the film build up to that point.  This seriously might be the best ending of any action movie in the past decade, people will be talking about it for years.

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Sometimes I find that MI impossible films have confusing plots with some twists that are a bit difficult to follow.  Fallout has the same thing, but explains them in a way that makes everything clear to the audience, and does so in a way that doesn’t feel condescending at all.  This is the most accessible  MI story, and also the most thrilling.

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When you combine the thrilling stunts, crazy action set pieces, amazing performances and direction, along with the clever writing-this is easily the best film in the Mission Impossible franchise.  Not only that, but one of the best action films of the 2000s.  I don’t usually advocate for seeing films in IMAX or 3d, but in the case of Fallout it is absolutely worth the increased ticket price.  You won’t regret it. Go see this movie, and enjoy the practical effects.  In a time CGI emeralds, Mission Impossible is an absolute diamond.

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Thanks to Power 107.5 and Paramount

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