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Mission Impossible: Fallout

M:I 6 has turned out to be one of the best action movies in recent memory. Its the culmination of all that came before it: the intriguing plots, the spy gadgetry, and of course Tom Cruise’s insistence in putting himself in preposterous stunt situations. And its all fantastic.

Remember Howard Hawks’ famous quote that a good movie having three good scenes and no bad ones? Well how about a halo jump into a thunderstorm, a car chase that actually kept me engaged (not easy to do), and a helicopter chase like you’ve never seen? This movie never lets up; it is a patchwork of heart-pounding set ices interspersed with some great spy tricks, interesting plot developments, and a little look into Ethan Hunt’s humanity for good measure.

Fallout has come into a summer full of underwhelming studio offerings and has blown away the competition, reminding us what a great action blockbuster can and should be.  It is very clear that Tom Cruise puts a lot of love into these MI films, and in this one he really seems to go for broke.  Everyone working around him also cares a lot; the director, the script, the rest of the cast, the stunt choreography, they are all working towards a singular goal.  And they hit the mark spectacularly.

Remember when movies had spectacle? When they weren’t just overwhelming you with CGI and mindless, structure-less action but actually caught you up in the moment and took you for a ride? Don’t worry; they’re still here.

9.5/10

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