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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

In cinemas Thursday 2 August 2018 in Australia

It’s known for being one of the best ongoing action series out there and this sixth installation is maybe the most spectacular.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is back again with his team of good guys, the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), with Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Alan (Alec Baldwin). They are joined by female agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), along with August (Henry Cavill), whose previous role as the ‘Man of Steel’ makes him suited to this role. Ethan is once again the agent with the heart of gold, who cares about the one life, as well as saving the world. He’s the guy you want to have around if you’re ever in a life or death situation and there are baddies around – rest assured he’ll find a way to save you no matter how bad the odds are stacked against you. And this is what makes the Mission Impossible story so likeable.

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The mission which Ethan obviously accepts, takes us on a thrill ride to recover three plutonium cores for sale on the black market, to save a third of the world’s population from imminent disaster. There’s a HALO jump (high altitude, low opening) from 7,600 metres which may resonate with Fortnite players. This is of course through a storm, and parachuting onto the rooftop of the Grand Palais, as you do.

We get an intimate tour around the streets of Paris, albeit it’s a fast and furious one, with car and motorcyle chases galore through the Champs-Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe. Then in London, Ethan takes us through St Paul’s Cathedral then parkouring on the rooftops. This is where you’ll see the jump from a building that he famously broke his foot doing. The thrills keep getting better and there is a must see it to believe it helicopter chase through the breathtaking mountains of Kashmir. Why don’t the bad guys learn? Don’t go leaving a rope hanging off your helicopter if Ethan Hunt is around. It’s nailbiting, heart-stopping adventure, even though you know he always gets the job done. Yes it may be a bit predictable at times but don’t overthink it and there are plenty of backstabbing and twists when you don’t quite know who to trust. Lalo Schifrin’s trademark theme music, which we all know, keeps us on the edge in all the important moments. It’s 147 minutes long so you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

One of the strengths of the film is its treatment of the female characters – they are strong and can totally kick ass, with Rebecca Ferguson leading the way as Ilsa Faust, right amongst the action, whether it’s on a motorbike or in a fight scene (worlds apart from her song bird role in the ‘Greatest Showman’). Vanessa Kirby, leaves behind her Princess Margaret persona from ‘The Crown’ to play the intriguing White Widow and Angela Bassett plays the CIA Chief you don’t want to mess with. These women are independent and are often doing the saving, rather than being saved. The reappearance of his lost love wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan) brings closure to that part of Ethan’s life and adds dimension to the story.

Relying on plenty of good old stunts rather than CGI, there’s a realness to the movie, especially as we know that Tom Cruise at 56 years old likes to do many of his own tricks. He doesn’t always have the answers but reassuringly tells his team that “I’ll figure it out” a few times.

Is it suitable for children?

In the U.S. this is given a 13+ rating while here our equivalent is an M rating which is generally suitable for kids 15 or over. It’s given this rating because there are fist fights, shootings, knife fights, deaths, intense action sequences, but little blood is seen. Except for a pool of it on a bathroom floor. There is no sex, one kiss on the mouth, and only minimal swearing. It seemed less violent and dark than the last Star Wars movie The Last Jedi and many younger kids saw that. Families with older kids will enjoy this one.

Mission Impossible: Fallout is a spectacular action adventure with hugely breathtaking stunts and nail-biting scenarios. Plus it’s packed with enough twists and revelations to keep you intrigued. You may leave feeling a little bit exhausted from hanging on the edge of your seat, but it’s totally fulfulling as a fun and entertaining movie. Go see it for a date night, a movie night with friends or a family movie night with older kids.

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt.
Synopsis: The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

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What Mission Impossible: Fallout 

When: In cinemas from Thursday 2 August 2018 (Australia)

Where In all participating cinemas

Who:  M Rated

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Image Source: Paramount Pictures

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