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Mission: Impossible- Fallout Blu-ray Review

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“Mission: Impossible- Fallout” is the best M:I film to date.

To describe the plot of “Mission: Impossible- Fallout” would be venturing into big spoiler territory. What I will say is you can expect to see the return of villain Solomon Lane, a criminal group known as The Apostles, nuclear weapons, a new character working side by side with Ethan Hunt and company (a Special Activities Division operative named August Walker), the reappearance of MI6 agent Ilsa, ruses, backstabbing, masks (naturally), and secrets. How that all plays together, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

For many franchises, a sixth installment would see diminishing returns. That’s not the case for the M:I franchise which has actually improved more and more since the third entry in the series. With “Mission: Impossible- Fallout,” writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise re-team once again and, this time around, they have topped themselves with what I consider the best in the series. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the pulse-pounding action within this film is next level entertainment. The third act in particular is action perfection with the helicopter chase, the race against time plot element (again not spoiling it) and a cliff sequence that will undoubtedly have your hands sweating. Of course, that’s not the only largely practical action you get here. Look for plenty of other intense set pieces involving a halo jump, a motorcycle chase, a rooftop chase, and a brutal bathroom brawl.

Even though action may be the top draw for this franchise, it’s the character work here that really grabbed my attention. One of the weaknesses of this franchise has been a severe lack of characterization as most of what we get is pretty surface level. In ‘Fallout,’ the movie explores Ethan Hunt more than ever before and there’s some really big emotional stakes. On top of that, the movie refreshingly has payoffs of cliffhangers and unanswered questions from the third and fifth films in particular. There’s even a payoff from the second movie!

On the subject of the characters, the cast deserves praise here to be sure. Tom Cruise may be aging, but he shows no signs of slowing down here. He really goes all out here for this role and I really hope he can do at least one more. Henry Cavill (and his mustache) is the big new star of this film and he’s serviceable. I’ve always maintained that the M:I franchise is at its best when there’s a lot of Ving Rhames and that proves true here once again. He pairs so well with Ethan and his team and brings much needed humor to the series. Simon Pegg can be grating in this series, but I feel like this is his best performance in the series because they toned down his goofy babbling. Rebecca Ferguson carried the fifth film and it’s no surprise she kicks butt here once again. Outside of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sean Harris is certainly the best villain of the series and it’s nice to see his character’s arc continue from the fifth film. Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan (she’s back!) and Angela Bassett also shine in their roles.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect to see a predictably sharp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Atmos plus some of the best action you’ll ever see= a win for all.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* A booklet titled Stunts: Raising The Bar which features pictures and quotes from cast and crew members about each of the action sequences.
* An isolated score track as well as a commentary by composer Lorne Balfe.
* Two commentary tracks- one by Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise and the other by McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton. Both tracks are worth a listen but the McQuarrie/Cruise track is quite involving.
* “Mission: Impossible- Fallout” trailer.
* 4 storyboarded sequences.
* “The Ultimate Mission”- Tom Cruise narrates this short extra which contains a plethora of behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Foot Chase Musical Breakdown”- Composer Lorne Balfe talks about composing music for the foot chase sequence and breaks it down instrument by instrument.
* “Behind The Fallout”- A 7 part behind-the-scenes extra that contains interviews, set footage, discussions about making sequences, a glimpse at the stunt work, and more.
* “Deleted Scene Montage With Optional Commentary by Christopher McQuarrie and Eddie Hamilton”- If you saw the trailers, you may have noticed there was a good chunk of footage missing from the film. Well, it’s mostly all featured here in montage form although without dialogue for some reason.

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November 27, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , ,

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