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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Mission: Impossible • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

“The IMF is like Halloween, a bunch of grown men in rubber masks playing trick-or-treat.”

Hunt Is Back, and He’s Better Than Ever… Really

It’s crazy that we’re at the sixth film in the franchise and it’s the best of the bunch. How does that happen? Likely, it’s because Cruise has been driving this franchise not just as star but also producer from the start, but it’s hard to dismiss the fact that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie returned. His sense of this story, these characters, and this world seems to fit hand to glove as much as Cruise does. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Mission: Impossible series with McQuarrie’s 2018 film Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

It’s like they take all the greatest moments from the previous five films and find ways to integrate reworked versions of them into this film. It’s fantastic. We walk through the various action beats in this film, starting with the over two-and-a-half minute single shot of Hunt and Walker doing a HALO jump into Paris. And it only gets better from there.

Hunt is dealing with Solomon Lane again, but we’re also adding John Lark into the mix. It’s a bit of a mystery as to who he is, but… not really. It’s hard to buy Lark, aka August Walker, as anything but villainous. Is it the way Henry Cavill plays him? Or is he just written that way? Regardless, he makes for a great villain and works exceptionally well in this franchise.

There’s also the return to Julia as a key part in Hunt’s life. It plays well, and clearly is an important point to Hunt learning to navigate his life when it comes to saving the world vs. saving those he loves. That plays not only into Julia’s story but also Ilsa, as clearly something is developing here with her in her return.

All in all, it’s a great film that shows insane stunt work by Cruise, a broken ankle, great characters, a thrilling and engaging story, and a mystery as to where it could go from here. We love it. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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