Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Reviewed
Wed. 8/22/18
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
4.5
Acting
5
5/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4
4/5
Story
4
4/5
Visuals
5
5/5
Kernel Factor
4
4/5
Unrelenting action with a gripping storyline.
Reviewed By: Kyland Young
Viewing Environment:
Theater
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Action
Payment Method:
MoviePass
Review:

The amazing cast combined with arguably the biggest, riskiest, and most impressive practice effects ever shot, delivers an unrelenting action-packed adventure that sucks the viewers in for the entire two-and-a-half hours. "Fallout" gives us huge action shots capable of taking your breath away, alongside a gripping story that made you question if the IMF team was finally up against a mission that really was impossible!

Acting
Sometimes I find it a bit gimmicky when people talk about an actor who "does all their own stunts", however, Tom Cruise deserves incredibly high praise for his work in this movie! Besides the fact he learned to fly a stunt helicopter, threw himself from a fast-moving motorcycle, and shattered his foot in order to get the perfect shots, his development and portrayal of "Ethan Hunt" as the world's most determined super-agent, never seems to disappoint! Many are hard on Henry Cavill's "Superman" for being too emotionless, an opinion I strongly disagree with, but his character "Walker", while cold and calculated, is a fun and cool addition to this film. He absolutely holds his own and maintains a powerful presence during his many 1-on-1 scenes opposite Cruise. Angela Bassett shines, per usual, as the new sharp and authoritative Director of the CIA. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames remain the entertaining, trusty sidekicks, each just as crucial to completing the mission as they are to provide the very welcomed moments of comic relief.
Morality
In addition to the mind-blowing action sequences, this movie discusses various ethical, ideological, and moral dilemmas. Not only is "Ethan Hunt" just as uncompromising of his personal morals as he is determined to complete his mission, but the overall film makes a compelling argument in favor of his stance that it's important for people to "care about the one life as much as they care about the millions."
Music
The music is just as epic as the action, creating an even more engaging sensory experience for the viewer. It fits in perfectly with the established Mission Impossible vibe, yet Balfe (composer), does an excellent job of making something that is also unique.
Story
Captivating, exciting, but also predictable. There wasn't a single twist that couldn't be called out before it was revealed (some were even given away in the trailers). That being said, I have to give the writers credit for creating a story that was not only compelling, but also fresh, which I consider an impressive feat for the 6th installment in an action series that started over 20 years ago.
Visuals
Throughout the film, I felt thrilling sensations and excitement whenever I remembered the reason a helicopter, motorcycle, plane or skydiving scene looked so "weird" or "odd" was because I was watching the real thing being filmed, as opposed to the heavy CGI that is most commonly used in these types of action scenes. 
Kernel Factor
I want to say I'm surprised to find myself speaking so positively about the 6th movie in a film franchise, but then I consider how great parts 4 and 5 both were and realize it would have been almost naive of me to have expected anything less than the epic ride that is "M: I - Fallout". I can't help but applaud this movie's ability to keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat, despite it high predictability.