As I’ve mentioned too many times before, I don’t get much of a chance to go out and see films when they’re first released. I wish I did, but that’s the way it goes.
But I do try to make time to do so and, once in a while, actually manage to see a film while it is in theaters. So it was with the latest Mission: Impossible film, Fallout, released last Friday. Here’s the movie’s trailer:
I’m a fan of the Mission: Impossible films, though I would quickly state that they haven’t all been winners. Starting with film #4 in the series (Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol) the last three of the six so far released have have developed a certain style and have been successful following that style, and this extends to the latest film in this series.
Having said that…
Sometimes I feel like I’m “that guy”, the one who reacts negatively to things when everyone else views them as positive. Likewise, there are times I’m positive about things when everyone else is negative. I am that fool that really liked Batman v Superman when so many dismissed the film as dark and dull. I’m the guy who didn’t like Guardians of the Galaxy when everyone seemed to go ape… uh… crap over it.
And here I am telling you Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a very well made action/adventure film… that in the end left me wanting more.
Let me explain:
The movie presents us with nothing we haven’t seen before. Yes, the movie moves and most of the stunt work is extremely well done. And you once again have to give credit to Mr. Cruise for pushing the boundaries and doing some really crazy stuff on his own.
But the film offers a muddy story which doesn’t really surprise you all that much (if you can’t figure out who the bad guy is, you simply haven’t seen many films). We have ancillary characters doing odd things to keep the story going, and the bad guys are presented as being unbelievably knowledgeable about everything going on and manipulate everyone so well yet of course manage to fail in the end.
Look, this is a good film. A pretty great, in fact, summer popcorn film. You will be entertained and there isn’t anything presented here that will make you groan of feel like the movie’s makers really screwed up.
However, this is not “game changer”. Rather, it is the third film in a row of well done Mission: Impossible films and, alas, not much more than that.
And that, to me, is a shame. Perhaps I was hoping the movie’s makers would push the envelope more than they did.
Still, don’t get me wrong: It’s a good film and worth seeing. Just don’t go into this expecting anything vastly superior to the two MI films that came before it.