TL;DR – A film that soars when it is in the banter/action grove but falters when it needs to move the story forward.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There are multiple mid-credit scenes as well as an end credit scene
To be honest, if I have a blind spot in
modern cinema it is the Fast and Furious
franchise. When the films started to come out, I didn’t really jell with the
super-serious machismo in what was an inherently silly premise. This looked to
be the way for all the films but when The
Fate of the Furious came out two years ago, I thought I would
give it another watch. Well about the time they used a car to take out a submarine
I realised that they had finally realised just how silly it all was and had
leaned into it, and that is something I can get behind. That being said, a spin-off
the film is still a bit of a gamble, but given how well the director and
cinematographer are at actions filmmaking, I walked in being quietly optimistic
and with the action, I was not let down.
So to set the scene, two years since the last adventure and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne
Johnson) is enjoying his life as a DSS agent and a father to his daughter Sam (Eliana
Su’a). However, at that moment in London, an MI6 team is taking out a band of
mercenaries that have a manufactured virus and who are about to sell it on the
black market. After a clinical takedown of the gang, all is right but then a mysterious
figure (Idris Elba) arrives and single handily kills all of the MI6 bar Hattie
(Vanessa Kirby) the lead agent. Fearing the virus would get into the hands of
evil people Hattie injects herself with the virus to hold on to it while she
escapes. The MI6 think she has turned rogue and the CIA, MI6, and the criminal
organisation are now hunting her. The only chance she has is if Luke teams up
with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and well that has disaster written all over
TL;DR – Heart pounding, electric, bombastic, edge of seat, high octane, adrenaline rush, these are all things I would use to describe Fallout.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
When I think back to 1996 when the first Mission: Impossible film came out all those years ago I can remember it being enthralling and as it was one of the first big action films I ever saw in the cinemas that opening mission still holds a special place in my personal cinematic history. However, I didn’t think I would still be talking about these films over twenty years later, I mean there were a lot of great action films in the 1990s but few if any have had the same persistence as Mission: Impossible. Now to be fair, not every film in the series has been a gem, and I even stopped watching after a while, but people told me I should catch the last entry into the franchise with Rogue Nation (see review) and I really enjoyed it. Well, jump forward to 2018 and the director/writer of that last film Christopher McQuarrie is back for a second jump into this world of spies. With this in mind, I had high hopes that they could continue the good work here, and I am so happy to say that they did.