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Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the Blockbuster of the summer!

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The following discussion/rant may contain spoilers due to the writer being unable to hold back excitement or rants. If you have not seen the movie as yet and you plan to, don’t read this. If you plan to see it, but don’t mind spoilers or if you’re just curious about someone else’s thoughts other than yours, then by all accounts, be my guest. 

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Let this sink in: it’s been 22 years since Tom Cruise embarked on a mission to save the world as Ethan Hunt. Twenty-two years since I’ve met Ethan Hunt and decided that he’s my favorite action spy. 

And he’s still doing things James Bond could only dream about in his sleep. The latest Mission has been certified fresh…

…but I don’t need Rotten Tomatoes to tell me so. The pulse-pounding engaging action had me leaping off a rooftop and ducking from bad guys… okay, that did that happen… but it happens in my writing! 

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a solid summer blockbuster. When I first watched the movie, I couldn’t decide if to give it 4 or 5 stars. I eventually settled on five and because of that, I’ll be discussing why I give the movie this rating instead of doing a ‘traditional’ review. This post can get lengthy. You’ve been warned. Again. 😒

Ethan Hunt 

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Unfortunately, this clip didn’t make the final cut 😢

Ethan gets better with age and experience. He is the heart of the team and a great leader. Tom Cruise IS Ethan and this character should never be recast. I also love the fact that McQ treats Hunt like a human rag doll rather than a superhero. He is human after all and we have to buy into the character which was well written. Hunt makes James Bond look lazy with his incredible running form and work ethic. After all, the best lie Tom ever told is that he’s an actor when he’s actually a real-life spy who uses acting as his cover.

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Christopher McQuarrie is a directing genius!

I feel as if McQ doesn’t get enough props. The first movie I’ve seen of his was Jack Reacher. Where Rohit Shetty doesn’t seem to know what he wants to do with cars besides flipping them, sinking them and blowing them up (Dilwale, Chennai Express, etc.), McQ approaches car scenes with action respect. He coordinates car chases spectacularly as in the case of Jack Reacher even though the poor Chevelle takes a crucial blow. RIP.

What I also love about McQ, he doesn’t use any fancy sounds/songs to strangle the action scene, something I’ll talk about when I reach the bathroom fight. He served as a director on Rogue Nation and Tom brought him back to do Fallout. McQ has topped himself and I wish Tom could work with him for the rest of his action life. What am I talking about? I don’t want to see Ethan Hunt in a wheelchair! 😁McQ knows how to craft spectacles and I take my hat off to him. I’ll love for him to direct one of my screenplays… well if I wrote any. 

The stunts 

TC is going to die while performing one of those crazy stunts one day, but he’ll go out doing what he loves for I bet he’ll find a way for the writers to write his death into the movie. Anyways, if you were to look up the word ‘stunt’ in the dictionary, you’ll probably see Tom Cruise as the definition. While it’s admirable that at 56, he still wants to do his own stunts, ain’t nothing wrong with the green screen sometimes. 

I enjoyed the stunts, though. There was a car chase in Paris and going the wrong way on a motorcycle at the Arc de Triomphe. A helicopter chase was shot in New Zealand, the HALO (high altitude low opening) jump sequence in Abu Dubai and the fight scene on Pulpit Rock in Norway. Watching TC dangle from a helicopter over dizzying landscapes was gasp-worthy. 

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The action

Thrilling! The action was thrilling from start to end. It’s probably the best action movie of the century. The action in this film was kicked up a notch because McQ and TC had to top Rogue Nation. There’s a tunnel shootout, bike runs, car chases, running, cliff climbing, and helicopter parachuting. There’s a sequence where the camera rolls with TC for a few seconds in an uninterrupted sprint across a rooftop in London and I was sitting there randomly thinking, ‘Bolt was lucky to not have to compete with that!’ 

BMW rules!

Two BMWs make appearances in this film. At the beginning of the film, the sleek and classy brand-new BMW M5 makes her cinematic debut and it was gorgeous eye candy for a few minutes. 

However, the real star of the film was a classic 1986 E28 BMW 5 Series which Ethan Hunt bashed! I mean, he went in on that car. A funeral was promptly held after the drifting scene.

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He even smashed a BMW motorcycle in the Parisian streets.

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*shrugging* Sue me. I like seeing things get damaged… fictionally speaking of course!

That bathroom fight scene!

I talked about this epic fight scene in a post last month, but I’ll touch on it again. The fight looks realistic despite Liang Yang tearing a drain pipe from the wall as if he’s Hulk. I love that Hunt doesn’t beat everyone in the room singlehandedly and walks out unscathed, but he gets blows and lands blows. Even August Walker gets his butt kicked. The fight choreography was well done right down to Hunt’s keysi moves and reaction timing. The fact that there is no music makes it even better for the realism and grittiness simply shines through. Hollywood (and Bollywood), take note, for THIS is how you do a fight scene.

August Walker 

I love the name, but I like Henry Cavill better when he isn’t speaking. I get why women like him: he’s tall, dark, brooding and good-looking, but thankfully, the man is not my cup of tea and I can watch movies with my eyes open. I’ll rather watch TC watch paint dry anyway. 

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Walker is an assassin who is put in charge of babysitting Hunt if he ever tries to go rogue again. This is a spoiler, but when Hunt was telling Walker how to catch John Lark and Hunt aims the masked gadget at Walker’s face, it foreshadows that Walker and Lark are one person. I like the character, but I feel as if Cavill didn’t do Walker much justice. He’s wooden but shares good chemistry with TC. It gave me immense pleasure when Walker met his demise in the end.

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White Widow and Ethan 

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Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis aka White Widow the daughter of Max from the first MI was my favorite female (shockingly!) and I would’ve loved to see more of her. She is a lover of paradoxes and there is playful chemistry between her and Ethan. 

I guess if Hunt wasn’t already spoken for, there might have been some sort of ‘relationship’ between these two characters for they look good together. 

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Ilsa Faust and Ethan

Their relationship is complex, but they care about each other. Ilsa has Hunt’s best interest at heart and she’s sort of protective of him. Although he doesn’t need her protectiveness, her hovering is kind of cute.

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They’re endgame after all and although many fans complain that they’re yet to kiss, I don’t have any problem at all. Their tenderness for each other is beautiful enough. 

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The 3 Musketeers! 

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And everyone else…

The cast gelled great and Tom Cruise seems to have some sort of chemistry with everyone. The women (White Widow and Ilsa Faust) are not sexualized like the Bond films even when the camera is on them. They’re capable and independent and they’re not in need of rescuing. Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) were also given their moments to shine regardless of their time on screen. I was particularly happy to see a chapter close for Hunt’s ex-wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan). Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) was scary good and Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) might have made his last appearance as the IMF Secretary. 

The supporting cast was great and I love how McQ layers a character.

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The Ending

When the credits start rolling, I realized that Fallout actually closes out a chapter in the series leaving room for a new story altogether. The storytelling started with Rogue Nation all thanks to McQ. It also closes the storyline of Ethan Hunt being a one-man show for he now has someone by his side to bear the burden with him. This brings us to the 7th MI which Tom says is going to be in the works and has asked McQ to direct. If McQ does direct the 7th MI, it’ll be a trilogy of sorts for him. He breathed new life into a 22-year-old franchise in which the main character is still Tom Cruise. I have no idea what they’ll do for the 7th one, but I think they should come film in the Caribbean. You know? Change up the scenery a little bit? Trinidad has a lot to offer. 😁Or maybe they can head to space. Now that’s going to be an impossible mission for sure!

Thoughts aside, while it’s refreshing to see that TC refuses to stereotype himself as a ‘grandpa’ actor (taking on certain roles because his boyish charms are long gone), I refuse to see Hunt in a wheelchair. 

Overall

The lighting and the atmosphere in the movie is just gorgeous! The movie was like a dose of human love towards humanity. It was relentlessly entertaining, the plot was solid, and it’s the only franchise I’ve seen get better with every film. Everything was well done from the directing, writing, music score, and cinematography. This film was made for fans and not to appease Hollywood elitists. There were several scenes that were shown in the trailer that didn’t make it into the final cut, but the movie turned out well and the shots of Paris were magnifique

TRIVIA

^ Tom Cruise trained for an entire year to perform the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) stunt in this film.

^ Solomon Lane is the first villain in the franchise to appear in two films.

^ At 2 hours and 27 minutes, this is the longest “Mission: Impossible” film to date. Still wasn’t long enough for some people (including my sister and friend) who didn’t want it to end. 

^ Christopher McQuarrie was the first director in the franchise to direct more than one film.

^ The bathroom fight was meant to be shot in 4 days but due to the complexity of the fight, it ends up being shot over 4 weeks. Best. Fight. Ever!

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^ This was the first “Mission: Impossible” film to be released in 3-D.

^ Tom Cruise did all stunts by himself. Props.

^ The building Tom Cruise was jumping across when he broke his ankle is Baynard House, near Blackfriars, in London. It is a building owned by BT and used as offices, meeting rooms, a car park, data routing centre and telephone exchange.

^ The helicopter which Ethan Hunt pilot is an H125 which was manufactured by Toulouse-based company Airbus. Ayy, France! 

^ Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all six “Mission: Impossible” films.

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Would I watch it again?: Already did.

Memorable Lines:

Solomon Lane: There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace. The end you’ve always feared… is coming.

AND

Delivery Man: Fate whispers to the warrior.
Ethan Hunt: There’s a storm coming.
Delivery Man: And the warrior whispers back.
Ethan Hunt: I am the storm.

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***All photos and GIFs via Google Search

If you’ve read the entirety of this discussion, thank you, or simply skip and came to the end of this, I have a question for you: Did you enjoy Fallout as much as I did? 

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Trailer 2: Mission: Impossible-Fallout

This time, they have no choice but to accept.

“When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences.

“As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives.

“Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.”

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The new trailer for MI6 is adrenaline-filled and the cinematography is beautiful (especially those stunning Paris shots)! Ethan Hunt faces an ominous threat: August Walker is an assassin and he has been authorized to hunt Hunt down if he ever goes rogue (again) and kill him. Hahaha! As if! It’s going to be the other way around. Hunt is the craftiest agent I know, babysitter or not.

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One of my favorite scenes is Hunt running into an office, smashing the window, and then hesitating a little to jump prompting Benji to ask what is he waiting for and Hunt yells, “I’M JUMPING OUT A WINDOW!” And Benji is like, “Good luck.” 😂😂The people’s reaction in the office is the best, though. 

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With all the comic book movies going on, MI6 feels like fresh air. But is TC sure he is not a real-life agent undercover masquerading as an actor? 🤔

My mission? To see this movie! It’s the only movie that I’ve been anticipating for this year and the only one I’ll be watching.

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Tom Cruise is Pioneer of the Year!

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. 😉

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Last evening, TC dominated the Paramount Presentation with tales from his upcoming film Mission: Impossible – Fallout at CinemaCon and he was honored at the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s 2018 Pioneer of the Year dinner. He is the second actor to receive such award. I know they said he’s the first, but I think Bob Hope received the award back in 1980. Cruise spent time on the red carpet mixing and mingling with every reporter. No reporter was left unturned!

Some lowdowns from the event:

^ TC looked great in the best color ever to exist in the face of the galaxy:

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^ Paramount Pictures confirmed the pre-production sequence of Top Gun and the recordings can start in July given that the movie will be opening on July 12, 2019. Eh, I’ll pass on this.

^ TC and McQuarrie showed raw footage of Cruise doing some stunts. TC did 106 jumps (from a plane) to get three usable takes that will be cut together to make a single three-minute action sequence in the film. 

^ It took a year and building the largest wind tunnel in the world to prepare so we can see TC skydive out of a C-17.

^ Those lucky bastards get to see a 10-minute sequence set on the streets of only the most romantic city in the world and a new trailer!

^ Here’s a spoiler: Hunt saves August Walker (Henry Cavill) while they’re in the air.

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^ Cruise had to chase a stuntman falling at 200 mph in the air, re-attach an oxygen hose, and deploy his parachute — and his own — in time to not plummet to the ground. How is he still alive?

^ Cavill said he felt as if he was in “Top Gun”.

^ I am convinced that Tom Cruise is going to die doing a stunt for an action film. Pegg feels the same way, stating, “It is a daily stress going to work with him because you don’t know if you’re going to see him tomorrow.”

^ TC talks about more MIs for he’s not ready to give them up yet. Dude, no! No one wants to see Ethan Hunt in a wheelchair!

^ TC’s MI 6 co-stars were there to also recognized four decades of Hollywood success. 

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^ And Angela Bassett was in her glee. Like, who spiked her drink?:

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^ Other actors present at CinemaCon who? TC OWNED CinemaCon!

^ The honorary dinner was hosted by James Corden, they showed a reel of TC’s brilliant career and he received a standing ovation.

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An event record $1.5 million was earned on the name of honoree Cruise.

^ The Pioneer of the Year Award is given to a respected member of the motion picture community whose professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy is exemplary. 

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^ Paramount needs Tom Cruise. They know this for he has brought in the majority of their earnings and they’re depending on MI6 to bring their studio back to its former glory.

^ While listening to his speech, I concur that TC has a beautiful voice. It’s so soothing that I can listen to him drone about nothing all day and still pay attention. He should consider doing audio novels. Anyways, congrats man! 👏

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Trailer: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The first look at Mission: Impossible – Fallout trailer is here and it’s AMAZING! Rebecca Ferguson is back and so is Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Henry Cavill is rocking the mustache and he’s portraying a character who goes by the awesome name of August Walker. I am hoping that he’ll prove me wrong for he’s so wooden as an actor. Angela Bassett is also looking good in her role.

And Tom Cruise is back with the crazy stunts. 

So I just watched the heart-stopping action trailer, and I don’t know where to begin. I’ll start here:

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it. I wonder… did you ever choose not to?”

Chills, child! Chills! That’s a killer dialogue right there! We have fist fights, motorcycle chases, and a helicopter chase. Yes, because Tom was looking for a way to kill himself so he decides to up the ante by performing a death-defying stunt by hanging off the side of a moving helicopter. 

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I want to talk a little about the August Walker character. In one scene, he points out that Hunt has been betrayed by his own government numerous times, and asks how long will a man like Hunt has had enough. In another scene, Walker is seen helping Hunt take down a bad guy, but then in another, he’s chasing down Hunt with a helicopter, which begs the question: friend or villain? Walker is a cold villain.

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I believe that this MI is going to be the biggest for Tom; I also hope that it’ll be the last chapter of this fantastic spy-fi for it’s time to retire Ethan Hunt. Who am I kidding? TC’s going to push it until he’s in a wheelchair.

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The fuse has been lit! Check out the EPIC trailer below:

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MI6: filming continues in Paris

Production of the sixth installment of Mission Impossible was minutes away from a terror attack on the Champs Elysées last Thursday (it’s also election time in the city). A few hours after the incident was contained, filming continued on the set.

The actor/stuntman that is Tom Cruise cut a dashing figure as Ethan Hunt (this is the best I’ve seen TC as Hunt!) as Henry Cavill joins him for the shoot. I thought I’d have a bit of fun with these photos as TC’s conscience! ^.^

McQuarrie. Cruise. Cavill. MI6:

You’d never guess who is the oldest in this photo! Anyway, just hanging with the homies! But seriously, guess who? 🙂 🙂

MI6:

I spy with my little eye… oh, it’s just the police escort I’ve hired. Better go say hello.

MI6:

My bright smile makes up for the lack of the French language. Bonjour!

Too cool: Tom Cruise, 54, cut a cool figure as he filmed new Mission Impossible 6 movie scenes in Paris, France, on Monday

This is my best catwalk pose. Gigi Hadid is not ready for this! 

Macho man: Wearing a navy leather jacket, the Hollywood heavyweight looked dapper as he strolled around on the car park movie set

*Hums* Macho macho man! I still look cooler than James Bond, though.

 Checking the goods: Tom appeared to inspect parts of the set

Chris, are you getting my best angle? I give you seductiveness to the max! Wait… does this angle make things look fat in the back there? Can we not use this angle? 

Serious matter: The star looked to be deep in discussion with crew members as they worked out how to best operate the scene

What. Is. He. Saying? I don’t understand what he is droning on about. I am Tom Cruise. I don’t need to listen to this drivel.

 Action! With a determined glint in his eye, the actor looked ready to face a gruelling day of filming

This way to the cheesecake!

Angry: The star got fully into his spy character for the scene, giving his all as he worked his magic in front of the camera 

I’m bored. Maybe I’ll pull some faces at the camera before Henry remembers shooting commenced TWO HOURS AGO!

A new look: Eagle-eyed fans had spotted Superman star Henry Cavill had grown a thick handlebar moustache for his Mission Impossible role, a far cry from his usual clean-cut look

Oh, there he is. The bastard didn’t even bother to say hello. Who does he think he is? I am Tom Cruise, darn it!

Long day: The actor has grown used to the intensive filming schedule

Girl, it was a long day. I hoped you cooked something spectacular because I am FAMISHED!

MI6 TC:

Not the plate of steamed fish and rice I was expecting, but hunger satisfied. 

*** All photos via Daily Mail 🙂

**GIFs/Images that don’t belong to LPM are via Google Search (Right-click for original source)

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