‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ review: Rare franchise consistently outperforming itself

With its sharp choreography and tight pacing, Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ solidifies itself as this year’s action movie to beat. Like its ageless franchise, Tom Cruise is simply an indestructible icon.

The ‘Tom-Cruise-risks-his-life-for-our-entertainment’ show is back. See the legendary Ethan Hunt run, drive, climb, leap, swing and fight with 110% effort, while showing no signs of fatigue in the sixth installment of M:I franchise. Even at 56, Mr. Cruise is never too old for this and he never looks like one. When an actor this awesome commits himself to an insane degree – he infamously broke his ankle while jumping from one building to another and still kept going – that alone deserves a standing ovation, right? Likewise, reprising director Christopher McQuarrie disproves every sequel’s law of diminishing returns and outperforms its predecessors through this relentless piece of filmmaking. To put it this way, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is one of the finest action movies ever made.

The basic setup for Fallout is laid out in the first few minutes and then the plot unfolds at a breakneck pace. Ethan’s mission – should he choose to accept it (like he has a choice) – is to stop a group of terrorists called “The Apostles” from acquiring three plutonium cores planned to be weaponized as nuclear bombs. It’s your standard plot of Ethan Hunt saving the world against shady anarchists who want to raze the current world order. While the film can stand alone in itself, this works more as a direct sequel to 2015’s Rogue Nation as it brings back familiar key players. Ethan still works for IMF secretary Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) and he is aided by his trusty sidekicks Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames). Femme fatale former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) seeks exoneration and gets herself entangled while incarcerated mass-murderer Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), more manic than before, seems to be the one pulling the strings behind this chaos. Lane is still a firm believer of his nihilist philosophy, “the greater the pain, the greater the peace” and he wants to exact revenge against Ethan more than anything. Hence, Ethan deals more compromises this time. His inability to adjust his ideals could be the fallout of his good intentions.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

If you’ve seen M:I films before, you should know by now that it is within the nature of these films to get twisty and convoluted. Needless to say, people wear masks and fool each other. Sheer adrenaline fuels a plot filled with double-crossing and one will be given little time to contemplate on what just happened. Ethan and his team needs to figure out who’s working on their side. The biggest question mark is August Walker (Henry Cavill) – a hammer to Ethan’s scalpel – who is sent by CIA director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) to monitor his team’s activities. Also entering the fray is a black market dealer White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) who’s deft with a butterfly knife.

While some might care less about Fallout’s cerebral workout on its shifting alliances, the true ingenuity of this film is in its masterful fight and stunts choreography paired with an excellent pacing. These don’t get acknowledged enough and the M:I franchise is known for its million-dollar money shots. In Ghost Protocol, Ethan scaled the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. In Rogue Nation, he fearlessly hanged by his fingers from a cargo plane. Fallout exceeds them and has at least half a dozen of varied death-defying setpieces shot with gripping camera work (void of any Bourne franchise’s quick cuts and shaky camera). There’s this much-touted HALO jump that makes the whole cinema hold their breath in unison. A tightly edited, breathless motorcycle chase across the streets of Paris. A bone-crunching bathroom brawl, with Cavill literally reloading his arms before packing a punch. And then there’s a fantastic helicopter chase sequence that I can watch all day. Fallout is a marathon that goes all out.

Hunt’s IMF team (L-R): Benjamin Dunn (Simon Pegg), Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell)

You could watch a CGI-driven action film like Skyscraper and think about ‘The Rock’ doing his stunts in a green screen but not in here. The film has an abundance of practical effects hence, it feels real and terrifying. It’s highly improbable but it is physics grounded. Yes, that’s actually Cruise skydiving out of the plane or him dangling under the helicopter! McQuarrie cleverly refrains from using soundtrack during its dire moments so viewers can absorb every slam and every blow. It takes a genius to organically string violent setpieces with such elegance.

When a franchise constantly outperforms itself, one blockbuster after the other, does the term ‘franchise fatigue’ even apply? Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the high-water mark of a series that began two decades ago. It is a confident and capable torchbearer in the action genre, gaining more momentum with each passing installment. If the rumors are true that this will be the last (which I highly doubt), then Tom Cruise is coming out in a blaze of glory.


5 out of 5 stars


Distributed by Paramount Pictures, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘ is now showing in PH cinemas starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ earns P120.7-M in 5 days in PH cinemas

There’s no stopping Tom Cruise from doing the impossible, as his latest epic action-adventure “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” just erased even his own box-office records in the Philippines!

The sixth installment of the 22-year-old spy franchise, “Fallout” opened with a staggering P120.7-million in five days (July 25 to 29), eclipsing two records in one swoop: All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Tom Cruise title and Biggest Opening Weekend for the “Mission: Impossible” series.

Former record-holder for both milestones is “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” which bowed in 2015 with P105-million.

Local audiences are primed for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” which provided a thrill ride that relies on real stunts done by Cruise himself and not special effects during every scene.

Word-of-mouth looks to be promising as well as “Fallout” received some of the best reviews for the franchise, both from local and international critics. Its 97% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is the highest for both the series, and of any Cruise movie.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

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, Vhing Rhames) along with some familiar allies (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.

Tom Cruise rides higher than ever in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Over the past two decades, Tom Cruise has produced, starred in and performed in the most mind-blowing stunts in the Mission: Impossible films, a global cultural phenomenon that has grossed more than $2.8 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Now he returns for a sixth film in his role as Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team leader Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (in Philippine cinemas July 25).

According to Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a culmination of all of the previous films in the series. “You’re going to see characters brought back and storylines brought to a conclusion,” he says. “At the beginning of the film, the book The Odyssey was chosen for a very specific reason. The journey my character, Ethan Hunt, and his team go through is an odyssey inspired by and reflective of that story. It’s an epic personal tale, and there are enormous emotional stakes for the characters.”

Cruise, who launched the franchise in 1996, brings an unparalleled understanding of what makes a Mission: Impossible film work, observes screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie. “Tom is the keeper of the flame. He’s an instinctive, very emotional filmmaker. He knows Ethan Hunt, and he knows what makes him an appealing character on a truly instinctive level.”

McQuarrie believes one of the reasons the franchise remains so popular is Cruise’s insatiable desire to make each film more thrilling and intense than its predecessor. “It never stands still,” says the director, who also directed 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. “But most importantly it never forgets the audience. Tom is first and foremost an entertainer. Everything he’s doing in the movies is to take you places you’ve never been, to show you things you’ve never seen, and to put you in the experience right there with him.”

For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, McQuarrie was eager to explore a darker and more human side of the film’s central character. “Ethan has always been a bit of a mystery,” he observes. “This time I wanted to be more inside his head and feel his connection with other people. The title refers not only to nuclear fallout but also to the fallout of all of Ethan’s good intentions. He has walked into a situation beyond his control, and he has to go through it even though he knows he’s being manipulated.”

Cruise embodies his character in a way that few action stars ever have, concludes producer Jake Myers. “Tom not only brings great drama to the role, but he has the physical ability to do things another performer would not, both by his training and his daring. I think you can probably separate most other action franchises from their stars, but without Tom there really isn’t an Ethan Hunt, at least not the one audiences worldwide have so wholeheartedly embraced.”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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, Vhing Rhames) along with some familiar allies (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.

IMAX at SM Cinema intensifies thrilling action in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Experience heart-pounding and exploding action in SM Cinema and IMAX theatres together with the IMF’s best spy, Ethan Hunt, as he comes back with his team for Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

After capturing Solomon Lane, the IMF team led by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) joined forces with CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill) for another impossible mission to take, prevent massive nuclear attacks on Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia from a group of terrorists known as the Apostles.

After series of unfortunate events, IMF now needs to deal with the CIA. Haunted by their past mistakes, Hunt and his crew, must stop a global catastrophe while facing the CIA, assassins, former allies and the fallout of their good intentions.

Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role, Ethan Hunt, together with his IMF team, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Also coming back for more action are the leading ladies, Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Ferguson. Angela Bassett joins the cast as the CIA superior and Henry Cavill as the deadly CIA assassin, August Walker.

The action-packed Mission: Impossible – Fallout becomes even bigger and better in IMAX theatres. Featuring up to 26% more picture on climactic scenes, the IMAX moviegoers will surely enjoy and see even more of the harrowing escapes and death-defying action sequences. Mission: Impossible – Fallout is also the first movie in the franchise that was specially formatted for IMAX screens.

Catch Mission: Impossible – Fallout in IMAX, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide starting July 25.

For more convenient experience, book your tickets through the website, http://www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Women assert their power in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Paramount Pictures’ new epic action adventure Mission: Impossible – Fallout features four powerful female characters played by four formidable actresses: with Michelle Monaghan returning, the cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby.

At the beginning of each of his collaborations with Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie poses a question. “I ask him, ‘What do you want from this story? What’s one thing you want to do?’ This time Tom said, ‘I want to tie up the story of Julia. People are still asking me about Julia.’ So, we began with that.”

Julia, as fans of the series will know, is Ethan’s wife, played by Michelle Monaghan. The character was introduced in Mission: Impossible III and appears to die between the events of that film and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. She made a brief appearance in Ghost Protocol, when it was revealed that her death was staged in order to protect her from the murderous forces intent on hurting Ethan.

Monaghan was happily surprised to learn that her character would return in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. “I had no idea there were plans to bring Julia back and I was so excited,” she recalls. “The character is wonderful, and their love story is something fans have latched onto. Ethan let her go to keep her safe and out of harm’s way. For me, that’s the ultimate expression of love. In this story, you see them back together, but in a much different way.”

Rebecca Ferguson’s character, former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, shares the first name of Ingrid Bergman’s character, Ilsa Lund, in Casablanca, a nod to the similarities McQuarrie sees between Rebecca Ferguson and actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Era, according to Cruise. “Rebecca is incredible. She is very charismatic and athletic with a dynamic presence that uniquely holds the screen.”

With her own objectives and unique approach to spycraft, Ilsa is initially at odds with the IMF team. “She works mostly for herself and to achieve what she needs to,” says the Swedish actress, whose recent film credits include The Greatest Showman, and The Girl on the Train. “We all have our different goals and agendas in this film. Sometimes they interact, and sometimes we put sticks in each other’s wheels, and that creates intense momentum.”

Vanessa Kirby, critically acclaimed for her role as Queen Elizabeth’s resentful younger sister Princess Margaret in the Netflix series The Crown, plays Alana, also known as The White Widow. “Alana is an enigmatic character who comes into Ethan’s life as the total antithesis of all the women he’s met so far,” says the actress. “She represents this whole other life — a life he could potentially have with somebody like her who understands his position. She is a temptation, not just physically, but emotionally and psychologically.”

The White Widow is something of a mystery, according to McQuarrie. “She appears to be a philanthropist who runs a charity, but in reality she’s an arms dealer and a broker between terrorists and money people. She seems to enjoy being involved with all of these nefarious characters, but you can’t trust her.”

Angela Bassett plays Erika Sloane, who replaces Alec Baldwin’s Alan Hunley (now head of the IMF) as CIA Director and brings a very different attitude to the job. “Sloane is ruthless and hard-charging,” says McQuarrie. “She has no tolerance for the IMF and their games, but at the same time is somewhat disarming in her manner. I had an absolutely fantastic time working with Angela. She brings something very special to the movie.”

The Oscar and Emmy®-nominated actress “exudes intelligence, power and credibility,” concludes Cruise. “I love the character that McQ wrote for her and Angela crushes it. When she’s on screen she’s a force of nature and she’s just a wonderful, wonderful woman.”

In Philippine cinemas July 25, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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, Vhing Rhames) along with some familiar allies (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.

The IMF team got Ethan Hunt’s back in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

At the heart of each Mission: Impossible film is the tight-knit group of extreme espionage specialists that make up the IMF team, led by Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. In Paramount Pictures’ new epic action adventure Mission: Impossible – Fallout, veteran cast members Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin return to form the IMF Team.

The individual charisma and dynamism of the actors cast in these roles is part of what makes the films so special, says Cruise. “My favorite moments in movies are when you have great actors hitting their stride. We work very hard to achieve that — it’s what we love about movies and storytelling.”

Ving Rhames has played the character of Luther Stickell since the first Mission: Impossible film in 1996. “Director Christopher McQuarrie described my role as being ‘the soul of the film,’” recalls the Golden Globe®-winning actor. “At first I didn’t know quite what he meant, but I think it’s a certain consciousness that I give to Ethan. In this film, for the first time, there is a physical altercation between them. It happens sometimes with people who care about each other. I think it humanizes Luther and you get to see more of the fabric of his personality. There is also a very powerful scene with Ilsa where you feel Luther’s love for Ethan.”

One of the most beloved characters in the three most recent Mission: Impossible films is Benji Dunn, played by actor, comedian and filmmaker Simon Pegg.

Benji started out as a systems analyst in the IMF labs before getting a taste for adventure when he was enlisted to remotely assist Ethan in Mission: Impossible III. “In Ghost Protocol we find him out in the field for the first time and in Rogue Nation he’s become more accomplished and used to the idea of being a secret agent — although he still doesn’t take everything entirely seriously,” says Pegg. “It’s nice to have played a character for this long and seen him evolved from a sort of lab potato, visually and figuratively — I did look like a potato in number three — to a more capable, fit secret agent with an impressive skill set.”

Making his second franchise appearance is Alec Baldwin as former CIA Director Alan Hunley, who has recently been named secretary of the IMF. “We absolutely had to have him come back,” says McQuarrie. “People often ask me who the funniest person on the set is. Everybody is a lot of fun to work with, but there’s nobody funnier than Alec Baldwin. He is such a delight to work with.”

In Philippine cinemas July 25, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF team (Baldwin, Pegg, Rhames) along with some familiar allies (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.

‘Mission: Impossible’ director returns for ‘Fallout’ starring Tom Cruise

At Tom Cruise’s request, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie became the first filmmaker ever to return to direct a second Mission: Impossible film. And does so with the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout (in Philippine cinemas July 25).

“One of the signature elements of the franchise is that there has been a different director for every movie,” McQuarrie explains. “When Tom asked me to come back and direct this one I said I would do it on the condition that I could maintain the spirit of that tradition by completely changing the visual language from the previous film. I want people who watch Rogue Nation and Fallout to feel like two different people directed them.”

That was fine with Cruise, who has had a deep admiration for McQuarrie’s ability as a filmmaker since the pair first collaborated on the 2012 action thriller Jack Reacher. “I love working with McQ,” says Cruise. “He is enormously talented. He wanted to change the visual style so it would be as though someone else had directed it, and he succeeded. But it still has his bold storytelling sensibility. I love the toughness of the movie and the characters. We pulled out all the stops. I can’t wait for audiences to see it.”

McQuarrie believes one of the reasons the franchise remains so popular is Cruise’s insatiable desire to make each film more thrilling and intense than its predecessor. “It never stands still,” says the director. “But most importantly it never forgets the audience. Tom is first and foremost an entertainer. Everything he’s doing in the movies is to take you places you’ve never been, to show you things you’ve never seen, and to put you in the experience right there with him.”

For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, McQuarrie was eager to explore a darker and more human side of the film’s central character. “Ethan has always been a bit of a mystery,” he observes. “This time I wanted to be more inside his head and feel his connection with other people. The title refers not only to nuclear fallout but also to the fallout of all of Ethan’s good intentions. He has walked into a situation beyond his control, and he has to go through it even though he knows he’s being manipulated.”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF team (Baldwin, Pegg, Rhames) along with some familiar allies (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.

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ reveals pay-off poster

“Some missions are not a choice,” warns the new poster of Paramount Pictures highly anticipated action-thriller Mission: Impossible – Fallout starring Tom Cruise as superspy Ethan Hunt.

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch Mission: Impossible – Fallout in Philippine cinemas July 25, 2018.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (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.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Tom Cruise is back in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ teaser trailer

Tom Cruise stars in the highly anticipated return of ‘Mission: Impossible’ through its sixth installment ‘Fallout.’ The movie’s first trailer has just been released by Paramount Pictures and Skydance. Watch the teaser trailer below and catch the film on July 25, 2018 in Philippine cinemas.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (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.

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

First official photo amplify ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Ahead of the anticipated launch of the first official trailer soon, Tom Cruise has released via Instagram two new photos from the sixth Mission: Impossible film, and in the process, also revealed the film’s title – Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Check out the “death-defying” photos below and watch Mission: Impossible – Fallout in Philippine cinemas July 25, 2018.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (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.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT