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When a deal goes wrong, a terrorist organization get their hands on three cases of weapons-grade plutonium, putting the entire world at risk. So to stop the technology from falling into the wrong hands, Ethan Hunt and the rest of IMF go undercover to find the plutonium, save the world, and, of course, run, ride motorcycles, and hang from things.
Mission Impossible: Fallout is not a film I was planning on seeing. I’d never actually watched any films in the franchise before, so I didn’t think it made sense to jump in on the sixth movie. Plus, I’ve been getting real tired of blockbuster sequels recently. It’s why I haven’t reviewed Infinity War, Ant-Man & The Wasp, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ocean’s 8, or any of the other big movies that are in theaters right now. I want to see something original for a change. And before you accuse me of being a cinephile snob, I don’t mean “original” in the sense of impenetrable, art house fare. I mean, genre films that aren’t adapted from things, or part of some preexisting franchise. Back in the 80s and 90s, you could make original, mid-budget action movies, like Point Break, Speed or Predator, that were just that; original. Now, everything’s got to be part of some ongoing series, a remake of something that was big a few years ago, or adapted from a comic, TV show, or book. But, I’m getting side-tracked. The point I’m trying to make is, I wasn’t planning on watching the film, but my roommate bought two tickets, and I’ll always accept an offer to go to the movies. So I watched it, and it was fun. That’s literally all I can say about it. It’s a fast-paced, competently-crafted action movie with big car chases, explosions, and 56-year-old Tom Cruise running, jumping, and hanging off of things, be they buildings, helicopters, or cliff-sides. If you’re a fan of the series, of Tom Cruise, or just like watching action set-pieces that look like they were dreamt up by a 12-year-old boy mid sugar rush, which I, for one, do, give this flick a look. No matter what I say, it’ll do well. So, keeping that in mind, here are some problems I had with the flick.
The plot is extremely convoluted. Actually, let me re-phrase that. The overall plot, meaning Tom Cruise and his team trying to get the plutonium back, is very simple. But the minutia of the plot, meaning individual scenes and side-quests, gets very muddled. They’ve got to spring this guy out of prison, then evade the CIA, then stop a big bomb from going off, because it’ll melt a glacier and this will lead to global famine, etc. And all the while this is happening, there’s about five or six double-crosses, last-minute reveals, and people trying to convince other people that they can’t be trusted, and so on. Yes, I’m aware that putting on disguises and fooling people is a staple of the franchise, but it honestly got to the point where it happened so often that, whenever a new reveal occurred, I started laughing. On top of this, the villains are all pretty generic. The main one, John Lark, is just a run-of-the-mill evil guy who wants to blow up the world, and you can very easily predict what his true identity is. And as for the other two villains, an arms dealer called The White Widow, and a CIA person played by Angela Bassett, they really don’t serve much purpose beyond padding out the runtime by sending Cruise on little side-quests. As soon as they’re not needed, the film drops them without much ceremony, which leads me to wonder why they were included in the first place. But my biggest complaint with the film is that the whole thing feels run-of-the-mill. Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the picture, as well as the last Mission Impossible movie, doesn’t have much personality as a filmmaker. He shoots everything in a very standard, wide-lens format, which is good, in the sense that you can see what’s happening very clearly. But nothing about the film stands out, artistically. He doesn’t use color, music, or camera angles uniquely. There’s no imaginative set design, or noticeable editing choices to make this feel like anything other than a sleek, but standard, action movie. Say what you like about John Woo, who directed the second film, at least his movie felt different. I may not have been in love with Baby Driver, since I thought it’s story was bland, but Edgar Wright’s bright color palette, quirky camerawork, and heavy use of music made the film feel like its own thing. Fallout is crafted with skill, but it feels like it could have been made by anyone. And for a franchise that prides itself on having new, different voices put their quirks on display in each movie, that’s kind of disappointing.
LIke I said, though, the movie is fun. And no matter what I say, it’ll do well. So it’s maybe not even worth me writing about it at all. Ah well.