‘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.

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

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ director reunites with Tom Cruise for ‘American Made’

Director Doug Liman reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow star, Tom Cruise, in Universal Pictures’ American Made, based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. History.

(Watch the trailer for American Made at below.)

Liman, who refers to the film as “a fun lie based on a true story,” offers that he has long appreciated stories of improbable heroes working against the system. “Barry Seal, our lead character, took America for an unbelievable ride,” reveals the filmmaker. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.”

Liman loved the fact that, while so many films have been made about people being run over by the government, Seal’s story was one of someone “who screwed over the White House. Barry is a zealot-like character who really did cross paths with so many household names from the ’80s—ranging from Ronald Reagan and Manuel Noriega to Bill Clinton and Oliver North.”

The quintessential American success story, Seal was recruited for surveillance activities on communist activities in Central America, and ultimately to deliver weapons to rebels in that area who were fighting communists. The U.S. war on drugs and the war on communism had two fronts, and Seal knew them equally well.

“He was a real opportunist, and he had an empty airplane on the way back,” continues the director. “If it absolutely had to be there overnight and it was illegal, Barry Seal was your guy. Since he was conducting illegal operations with the CIA’s help, he could get in and out of the country undetected. Well, there was no point flying back with an empty airplane, so Barry thought he might as well bring drugs back with it. So he ended up working for both the U.S. government and for the Colombian drug cartel at the same time, and unbeknownst to the other. He played both sides, and became fabulously wealthy while he was doing it. Still, it was never about the money for Barry. It was about the excitement, the challenge and all about the flying.”

Pilots themselves, Cruise and Liman gravitated toward the human elements in Barry’s life, as Barry tries desperately to keep a normal family in the midst of challenging choices. He is crazy about his wife, Lucy, and will do whatever it takes to keep her and their kids happy. Their marriage is passionate, but practical. Of course, these characters are inspired by members of the Seal family; but, just like with any film, the team would take a great deal of creative license in telling the story.

For Tom Cruise, this longtime labor of love wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Liman. Of his director, he reflects: “Doug brings a unique humanity to his films. He comes up with ideas as we’re working, and the friendship that we have allows us to trust one another—where we’re willing to try anything. We push each other, and he’s someone who wants to make great films and to entertain an audience.

Opening across the Philippines on September 13, 2017, American Made is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘American Made’ poster lets Tom Cruise walk away with the money

Fresh from record-breaking opening of The Mummy as the biggest worldwide debut weekend of his legendary career, Tom Cruise will soon be seen in the big screen this year in Universal Pictures’ new action thriller, American Made.

Take a look at the film’s teaser poster below and watch American Made in Philippine cinemas on Sept. 13, 2017.

In American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.
The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.

American Made is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and Tyler Thompson (Everest), Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison (The Departed), and Kim Roth (Inside Man).

American Made is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘American Made’ trailer: Tom Cruise outplays the system

The CIA. The White House. Pablo Escobar. One man played them all. Tom Cruise stars as Barry Seal in Universal Pictures’ new action thriller, American Made. Watch the new trailer below.

In American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.

American Made is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and Tyler Thompson (Everest), Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison (The Departed), and Kim Roth (Inside Man).

Opening in Philippine cinemas on September 13, 2017, American Made is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Tom Cruise leads cinematic re-invention of ‘The Mummy’

Global superstar Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy (in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017).

Cruise plays Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune who plunders conflict sites for timeless artifacts…ones he sells to the highest bidder. When Nick and his No. 2 are attacked by insurgents in the Middle East, in the ensuing battle, they accidentally unearth a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh they come to know as Ahmanet. Nick is not simply the one responsible for setting Ahmanet free, he’s fulfilling an ordained destiny he couldn’t have possibly imagined. Now, he is the only one who can stop her ascension to a global ruler who will enslave humanity.

The Mummy is the first chapter in Universal Pictures’ new series of films called Dark Universe which will revive the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation.

Cruise offers that he grew up watching monster movies, and that not only inspired him to become an entertainer, but it is what drove him to this particular labor of love. “I love The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy,” he says. “It was terrifying as a child seeing these films. This movie is genuinely terrifying as well, yet it has the kind of scope and elegance of the original ones.”

In their initial conversations, Cruise and his producers made a pact to honor the tradition of these monster movies, and respect what the characters mean to audiences…while giving them something entirely unexpected. Explains Cruise: “You want to see the monsters win. That’s what is interesting about the way these stories are told. They both terrify us and yet your feel sympathy for them. It’s transcendent.”

Cruise and director Alex Kurtzman, who previously collaborated on Mission: Impossible III, were very much on the same page when it came to their vision for The Mummy. The director lauds that what makes his star connect so well with moviegoers is that we’re all on the same cinematic journey together: “We both feel a tremendous inheritance and a sense of responsibility. Tom thinks how the audience thinks, and he brings everything to life in a unique and an exciting way.”

Producer Sarah Bradshaw says that she appreciated having such an involved collaborator as Cruise on the production. “You definitely have to be on your toes with Tom because, when he comes on set, everything is always about making it better. Tom will see something that perhaps the rest of us haven’t seen and you’ll say, ‘Oh….okay.’”

As they worked together, Cruise and his producers created an experience that was as scary and exotic as it was bold and daring. The Mummy for a new generation is as audacious as it is unexpected. While people will recognize core elements from Universal’s monster universe—this film celebrates classic mythologies—The Mummy’s characters are grappling with all of their lives upended as Ahmanet enters today’s world.

The producers welcomed Cruise’s involvement at every step of the process in making The Mummy a reinvention, one that drew its key elements from the cinematic canon. “In preproduction, Tom would gather us together to watch films such as The Shining and Seven,” recounts producer Sean Daniel. “He drove everyone to think creatively throughout all phases of pre-production, shooting and post.”

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘The Mummy’ unveils new Tom Cruise-centric poster

Universal Pictures has just unveiled the new poster art for its epic action-adventure The Mummy, showing Tom Cruise’s character with the titular female mummy (Sofia Boutella) looming in the background.

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch The Mummy when it rises in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017.

In The Mummy, thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, Annabelle), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Resurrected Tom Cruise battles ‘The Mummy’ in new action-packed trailer

Big reveals and jawdropping action sequences highlighy the new trailer of Universal Pictures’ epic action-adventure The Mummy starring Tom Cruise.

Check out the trailer below and watch The Mummy when it rises in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017.

In The Mummy, thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, Annabelle), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: ‘The Mummy’ awakens to terrorize world in first trailer

Coming off the recent teaser poster launch, Universal Pictures has now unveiled the first trailer for its new, epic action-adventure The Mummy headlined by Tom Cruise.

Check out the trailer below and watch The Mummy when it rises in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017.

In the film, thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, Annabelle), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.