The first thing I noticed when the movie “Mission Impossible: Fallout” ended was that it was nearing nine-thirty in the night. The movie had run for almost three hours, and still not once the movie felt dragged. I was at the edge of my seat right from the beginning. A hell of a ride that had a great mix of plot, pacing, and performance.
It starts at a safe house in Belfast where the looming threat of a nuclear bomb is revealed. It continues in the city of Paris and London where one action sequence seamlessly connects with another. Which then takes the story in the valley of Kashmir. Here, a nuclear bomb is waiting to explode and contaminate water supply to third of the world population. It’s a hell of a ride.
The star of the movie, without doubt, is Tom Cruise assaying the role of IMF secret Agent Ethan Hunt. And not just because he is the lead role. But also because of what he is ready to go through for this secret-agent franchise. Tom Cruise is breaking all the barriers of physical endurance expected in action movies. All that considering Tom Cruise is now Fifty-Six years old! The age most of us associate with the sunset of any career. But not Tom Cruise. Like a vintage wine, he is getting better with age.
Ten minutes into the movie and we see Tom Cruise jumping out of the plane. Doing so Tom Cruise becomes the first actor to perform a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachute Jump. A fall of over twenty-five thousand feet with speeds hitting two-hundred miles per hour. It is one of the most dangerous stunts performed yet. The one which requires a lot of training. He jumped a hundred times for that scene. And cannot be executed without an oxygen mask.
It is one of the best set-pieces I have seen in an action movie yet. The five-minute action sequence held the attention to the last second of the packed audience in the theatre. Such was the beauty of this breathtaking scene that you could taste the tension in the air. The hair rising at the back of your neck. As Tom Cruise descends down over the city of Paris, glittering with the night lights, which ends up in a climax that made me skip a heartbeat. Collective sighs and gasps of the audience in the background. This scene alone makes this movie a must watch.
The movie has one breathtaking sequence after another.