Mission Impossible: Fallout – A Movie Review

I’m not a huge Mission Impossible fan, but I thought it would be fun to take this little movie in on its Thursday night release.

The good news is that it’s an action-packed, fast-paced movie with jaw-dropping chase scenes, very cool hand-to-hand combat, and beautiful locations.  You’re going to take thrill rides in cars, on motorcycles, out of airplanes, and in helicopters.

Tom Cruise is charming as always, Simon Pegg is funny, Rebecca Ferguson is a force, and Ving Rhames is cool (and also surprisingly emotional).

The movie moves very quickly, especially considering its two and a half hour run time.  (It honestly didn’t feel that long!)  There were several moments that I caught myself gasping out loud because some of the action scenes were flat-out incredible.

The bad news is that, even though you haven’t seen it all before … you’ve seen it all before.  We’ve got a nuclear bomb threat, Ethan Hunt and his team have to disarm it at the last possible moment.  We’ve got a traitor in the midst.  We’ve got Ethan’s loyalty to the USA coming into question.  We’ve even got a recurring villain in this one.  Did these retreads make me like the movie any less?  No, but it didn’t make me like the movie more, either.

I’m honestly at these movies for the stunts, chases, and fight scenes.  I don’t come in expecting much from the story.

By the way, I’m no Tom Cruise acolyte, but I have to give this man credit.  I believe he was 54 when he made this movie, and he’s currently 56.  This man is physically incredible!  His acting skills peaked long ago, but to be able to still perform his own stunts–even to sprint down the street at his age–it’s amazing.  I have no doubt he’s in better shape at 56 than most of us have ever achieved in our lives.

So, if you like the Mission Impossible films, you’ll like this one, too.  It’s a fun action movie that will thrill.  Oh, and not to worry, you’ll still get your people pretending to be other people in masks moments. Image result for mission impossible fallout movie poster

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Mission: Impossible III – A Movie Review

You know, I have to tell you, I didn’t hate this movie.  I know Tom Cruise somehow went from being America’s favorite son to its most popular antichrist, but J.J. Abrams, the director of the film and creator of hit shows like Lost and Alias, managed to put together a pretty good little action movie.

And, please don’t fool yourself, that’s all M:i:III is-an action movie.  But, it’s exactly the kind of action movie I want to see.  There were moments when I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the screen because there was so much happening and my pulse pounded so hard.  Car chases, fight scenes, explosions, boom! bang! zoom! vroom!  Awesome stuff . . . if you’re into action movies.

Now if you’re not into action movies, this baby still has a saving grace-Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  He’s the bad guy of the flick, and when he’s on screen, he is baaaaaad, and I mean that in a good way.  The only problem is, he’s really not in the movie that much.  On the other hand, we (obviously) have lots and lots of Tommy boy.  And you know, here’s my thing with Tom-Tom, I don’t think he’s a terrible actor.  I mean, The Last Samurai is a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic movie.  I just think that Tom the man has gotten bigger than Tom the actor, and so we can no longer differentiate between the two.  I think that happens to the best of them.  Not that Cruise is the best of them by any means, but you get the point.

At any rate, as I watched M:i:III, I didn’t see Ethan Hunt, I only saw Tom Cruise.  There’s Tom jumping off a building.  There’s Tom being slammed into a car.  And so on.  But I didn’t have a problem with that, because I wanted to see an action movie and that’s what Tom and J.J. gave me. 

Unfortunately, I really enjoyed the first two thirds of M:i:III but I have to admit the last third truly fell into the venomous waters of cliché.  It just got kind of hokey and felt as though it betrayed everything it had been up to that point. 

Nonetheless, if you’re an action movie person, except for a few attempts at trying to find America’s next catch phrase and a tired ending, M:i:III is definitely worth a rent.