2019 Film Reviews – 27: Mission: Impossible – Fallout [dir. Christopher McQuarrie; 2018]

Having missed several entries in the series, I can’t make an educated assessment of how Fallout rates in the Mission: Impossible canon. But I do know that it doesn’t come close to eliciting the devilish, lip-smacking enjoyment I felt when watching Brian De Palma’s version from 1996. Yes, the plot centres on all the usual globe-trotting shenanigans and there are a few absorbing, budget-bloating set pieces (the helicopter sequence towards the end works well) but this is forgettable fare, perhaps notable only for the infamous sequence of Tom Cruise genuinely hurting himself while running across the London skyline. Dare I say it: he should have stuck to being suspended from ceilings.

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