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Mission Impossible Fallout Review (2018) | Ethan Hunt is on Another Wild Joyride

Christopher McQuarrie walks in with yet another installment of the MI series and he doesn’t fail to deliver. Mission Impossible Fallout is fully packed with action and a mind-racking mission that will have your heart in your mouth. To ice it all, the fact that Tom Cruise has done all his stunts himself deserves a standing ovation per se. The bloke is so invested in acting that even a broken foot doesn’t stop him from completing a scene. It is just thrilling to see him this phenomenal at the age of 56.

Mission Impossible Fallout doesn’t have any separate memorable side-missions like all the prequels used to carry except the immediate prequel. I guess we have to accept McQuarrie’s way of filming an MI movie. He doesn’t really cash in on a sub-plot rather focuses more on the actual one. For him, the idea of an impossible mission is to stay with the primal plot, and it makes sense too. He has literally changed the way we have been looking at an MI mission. For some, this very fact could be bothersome while for some, it doesn’t really matter.

The end you’ve always feared is coming. And the blood will be on your hands. The fallout of all your good intentions.

Mission Impossible Fallout has old school written all over it even though it is working along with all those latest gadgets IMF has. Everything boils down in the end to a cliched helicopter chase where the hero throws himself in the nick of time on a rope or someone in the team does something as intricate as cutting wires off bombs. But what makes it all different and why does Mission Impossible Fallout movie stand out?

The Direction of Mission Impossible Fallout Movie

McQuarrie believes in delivering a realistic experience to his audience. The fact that he doesn’t resort to that much visual effects in order to shoot an action sequence just goes on to prove how serious he is about filmmaking. If you get a complying actor who never fails to impress either, lo! the circle is completed. Judgment is delivered. You get a complete cinematic experience that focuses on what’s innate and not what’s fabricated. Tom is his golden goose, and the magic seems to be working every time.

Mission Impossible Fallout Team

Christopher McQuarrie satiates action lovers with all kinds of stunts in this new installment that capers around topics that makes all its stunts justified. It is a mind-boggling adventure of a tale that comes with its own twists and turns. Working for IMF and for so long (we are talking all the installments here) the team has become capable enough to outsmart people, and they do it plenty of times here, thus proving why experience gives them the upper edge.

There are close calls aplenty that will have you jumping on your seats. It also has an endearing love angle that places the two women Ethan loves and his boss in front of his mission and he juggles them all like a pro. There are split-second decisions to be made that Ethan makes unflinchingly. Plans going kaput that places him in dire situations and he always manages to come through.

McQuarrie leverages Tom in a way he has never before whilst depicting uncut original shots that will have you biting your nails off. Whilst Cruise cruises through it all dedicatedly and unfazed by what it might do to him. Such a level of commitment! It leaves you speechless.

The Plot of Mission Impossible Fallout Movie (Spoilers)

Set two years later after the events of Rogue Nation, the movie starts off with a dream Ethan Hunt has where he is concerned about his ex-wife Julia’s (Michelle Monaghan‘s) safety with the prequel’s villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) by his side as the world speeds up into oblivion. With Lane in custody, the remains of The Syndicate forms itself into a terrorist group called The Apostles. Ethan is assigned a mission (“should you choose to accept”) to intercept the sale of three Plutonium cores which are being handed over to their client John Lark.

There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.

Cut to Berlin where he meets the rest of his team Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) to carry out the mission. Ethan fails when he chooses to save Luther’s life over securing the plutonium cores which is stolen by the Apostles.

Nuclear weapon’s expert Nils Debruuk (Kristoffer Joner) is captured by the team then and is tricked into believing that the nuclear bombs indeed went off and that cities like Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca were destroyed in its wake. Duping him, they take the info about Apostle’s next move.

August Walker

Enter August Walker (Henry Cavill), a Special Activities Division operative who is instructed by CIA director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett) to shadow Ethan for the rest of the mission after knowing about his debacle in Berlin.

You use a scalpel, I prefer a hammer.

The next job is to Halo jump into a party to intercept John Lark, impersonate him using all that face imitation technology we had seen in the prequels, and to retrieve the cores from White Widow (Vanessa Kirby). The mission goes kaput when August and Ethan end up in a fist fight with John Lark who is eventually shot by Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).  That fight scene is one of the many good things about the movie.

Unable to make the mask in time, hoping that White Widow hasn’t met John Lark in person, Ethan takes the risk of meeting her anyway portraying as John Lark. A lot of agents from all across the globe wanted him dead and show up to attack John. Despite their attempt Ethan and White Widow escape. White Widow then breaks it to Ethan the price of obtaining Plutonium was to extract Lane from a convoy crossing Paris.

Testing Loyalties

Avoiding a mass massacre of the innocents, Ethan and his team extract Lane even though he is forced to go against White Widow’s team, Ilsa Faust, who is bent on killing Lane, and the police. Watch out for that chase scene! Simply dope! White Widow changes her term of core’s deliverance by wanting Ilsa too along with Lane.

Please don’t make me go through you.

Mission Impossible Fallout Ilsa and Ethan

Walks in IMF Secretary Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) pointing fingers at Ethan calling him the real John Lark. On being cornered after being asked to stop the mission, Ethan knocks him out to complete the mission.

How many times has Hunt’s government betrayed him, disavowed him, cast him aside? How long before a man like that has had enough?

Taking Lane’s face to continue the meeting with White Widow, Benji is tied against Lane. When Walker is left behind with Lane, he spills the beans in front of him revealing himself to be the real John Lark. The team along with Hunley (who was acting all this time) catches him red-handed and Erica is informed on the phone. She sends a shadow team to take them all in.

Turns out Walker is a step ahead as his apostles have already infiltrated the shadow team. A fight ensues and Hunley gets stabbed and Walker escapes. Ethan follows suit racing after him and narrowly cuts him only to fall back owing to a threat about his ex-wife.

The Bomb Trouble

With the help of a tracker, the team is able to track down Walker and Lane to Kashmir. Lane’s plan, with the help of the nuclear explosion, is to contaminate the water supply of India, Pakistan, and China to affect one-third of the world’s population. Benji explains how the remaining nuclear bombs are so intricately synchronized that if one gets defused the other one goes off and that bombs can only be defused when the countdown timer is running. If that ain’t an impossible mission, I don’t know what is.

The two bombs are deliberately placed at a radioactive location to mask their radioactive signature. As Benji and Ilsa try to figure out the bomb’s exact location, Ethan goes after Walker in a helicopter chase to retrieve the detonator.  To make matters worse Julia and her husband are also deliberately planted there by Walker. Lane hands over the detonator to Walker after activating the bombs and chooses to stay.

My running days are over. This is where it all ends.

Mission Impossible Fallout Team

Luther finds the first bomb and starts defusing it with the help of Julia. While Ilsa and Benji run into Lane trying to find the second weapon. A fight ensues as Benji is almost killed but is saved in the nick of time as Ilsa subdues Lane. Ethan rams his helicopter into Walker’s and kills him before retrieving the detonator as they all successfully defuse the bombs.

Eventually, we see the remaining two cores being retrieved too as Lane is handed over to MI6 by Sloane. Ilsa is exonerated as the rest of the team joins Ethan while he recuperates.

Ballsy Choices

Apart from being what it already is, Mission Impossible Fallout is much more. There are critical situations that take shape in front of Ethan’s eyes which question his judgment as a human being. Like the choice of saving a friend’s life on being cornered.

Then Ethan chooses to not go with White Widow’s plan of a mass massacre, instead creates a difficult mission to ensure plenty of lives are saved. Then there’s another one where he is forced to kill four bad guys to save the life of one policewoman. It just goes on to show how thoughtful and decisive Ethan is and that he is willing to work around the way in order to stay good. Saving lives and taking impossible risks is what Ethan is all about.

So the internet is ranting about this very particular scene where Henry’s beard grows and his shirt magically grows a pocket as he locks and loads his arms. While the scene looks insanely theatrical the world is too harsh on him I think.

These are obviously two shots that are merged together but the details aren’t given proper attention to. The second shot of the arm gun reload moment was shot later to make it look more appealing. Given how brilliantly the images have been merged you cannot say that the editor did a bad job there at all, except for the overlooking of minutiae. To be really honest, I don’t feel it’s that big of a deal.

The Missing Scenes

While for some there is no such thing as too much action for an action movie, McQuarrie believes it is better to leave a movie well crafted since a meal is supposed to be savoured when it has all the ingredients in the right amount. That being said a lot of frames that were shown in the trailers couldn’t make it to the final cut. It is sad because in the back of the head I kept waiting for some scenes.

That truck scene, in particular, where Ethan is about to ram into a truck before lights go out.

What’s done is done when we say it’s done.

With such a huge scene missing from the movie, Mission Impossible Fallout becomes one of those flicks that doesn’t promise what it sells. I guess we can only say, it is better to not watch the trailers or you end up creating your own little storyline for every scene in your head. And when you don’t see it in the final cut, it ends up being a huge bummer.

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The Final Verdict

With all the things that are going inside its powerful plot, it goes without saying, Mission Impossible Fallout is an extraordinary flick. The fact that its action is as real as it gets, makes it a definite watch per se.

Fate whispers to the warrior. There’s a storm coming. And the warrior whispers back. I am the storm.

Tom Cruise does justice to Ethan once again, and it’s hard to imagine a world where Tom does not play Ethan. He literally is Mission Impossible! Just go and watch this one for the thrill of being in Ethan’s disaster saving shoes once again.

The Boss Baby Review (2017) | Hilarious But With Less Substance

The Boss Baby is a cinematic animated adaptation of the popular book by Marla Frazee. Even though the movie lacks a good story to back it up, it stays hilarious nevertheless owing to its slapstick humour and witty comebacks. It sells ‘different’ with its extraordinary animation, merging fantasy with reality, which I think is one of the areas the movie was able to score in.

Then again if you put The Boss Baby against the likes of Pixar flicks, it stands nowhere and feels like a dispensable drag. Surprisingly a concept very similar was shown to us in Storks last year and there was at least more substance to that if we compare it to this movie. So, in a way, it is Storks just with less story.

Metaphor in the Boss Baby

The movie is one apparent allegory that tries to depict how a baby is, in fact, the real boss around the house. Hogging up people’s lives by doing things as he prefers. He calls for attention, takes away all the focus away from his siblings. In short, bosses around everyone to get what he needs.

Even though the story here actually tries to image a baby wearing a suit all the time, who prefers talking with platitudes of  bossiness, and who is on an evident mission to stop an evil mind from creating a perfect ceaseless cuteness machine in the form of the most adorable pup, the obvious metaphor is hard not to notice.

The best ones come from the mind of the fantastical child Miles Bakshi, who prefers seeing the world his own way, where things aren’t quite as they are supposed to be. The movie capers with the imagination of a young child who takes everything in our real boring life and tacks it against his flights of fancy. It is a joyride then when you begin seeing mundane things with his perspective, and you can’t applaud the creators enough for thinking that way. Almost makes you want to be a child once again.

That’s also when you realize the editing of the movie is done brilliantly. Bakshi’s talking wizard alarm clock, Wizzie (voiced by James McGrath) is one perfect example of his inventive imagination that tries to envision inanimate objects with life.

Even when the bad guy chooses to tell the story of his evil ingenious, he does so with an amazing pop-upgreeting card that mixes up great things together. All in all, the animation was simply brilliant. The presentation was properly done.

Story of the Boss Baby (Spoilers)

The one place that I felt the movie run out of substance – what it has to say. It is almost as if the flick is groping hard for a message but unfortunately there is no proper build up for one. Even though for a child, it could be that it’s alright to have a sibling and that we need to focus on the good stuff and not the unpleasant feeling of being left out.

Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow) are parents of a single child Miles. Then comes along a baby in a suit mysteriously arriving through a cab and through the door (are you trying to confuse children more on how babies are born?).  It’s none other than Boss Baby, voiced by Alec Baldwin who is all dressed up in suit and behaves like a boss. Miles can see through the feigned identity of the baby but his parent’s apparently can’t. All his attempts to catch the baby red handed goes in vain as it’s hard to outsmart a toddler who has a bunch of toddlers working for him as employees.

The Boss Baby movie wallpaper

Comparisons

Miles ends up getting grounded, his room, he compares to be like a jail he can’t leave. Another beautiful comparison there! Feeling sorry for Miles, the baby tells him who he really is, and what he aspires to be via a pacifier. Them suckling on a pacifier forcibly might chuckle you up.

He takes him to Baby Corp, a place where babies, who are all grown up in their minds take care of infant love all across the globe. They have to assure they be the first preference in a war for cuteness. Boss Baby’s mission is to see why puppies are being preferred to infants more, and that since Miles’ parents work for Puppy Co. he has a better shot at seeing things up close on the “take your children to work” day.

Oh! and there is a Secret Baby Formula involved that he has to take regularly otherwise he would turn into a regular baby.

The Antagonist

Miles and Boss Baby work together on a mission to discover the big puppy plan which talks about a “Forever Puppy”. They end up getting trapped by the Puppy Co. boss Francis E. Francis voiced by Steve Buscemi. The antagonist tells them that he used to be the head of the Baby Corp. but his lactose intolerance issue had got him fired. As part of his maniacal revenge, he plans to release Forever Puppies all across the globe infecting them with Boss Baby’s secret baby formula.

Posing as caretakers to stop the kids from actually doing something, he leaves his bodyguard Eugene home as a babysitter while taking their parents to Las Vegas where he plans on releasing a rocket full of Forever Puppies. Fooling the babysitter the kids try to cut them in the airport but fail. Miles blames Boss Baby for pushing his parents in harms’s way, however, forgives him on being asked for forgiveness. They reach Las Vegas dressed up as Elvis impersonators to meet a furious Francis who locks up their parents in the same rocket.

After a fight-off, Francis falls into the formula which turns him back into a baby. They release their parents and the Boss Baby goes back to Baby Corp erasing all memory of his existence in their lives. But Miles and Boss Baby begin missing each other. Boss Baby fed up with his life ends up coming back to their house as his little brother.

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Humour

Things are deliberately kept squalid because let’s accept it, babies make stuff poopy. So, I think it was one area where Tom McGrath, the director might have thought, people are going to relate to the most. So there are butt shots, close up drools etc. everything that might make you go “Eww!” at times. But there are some good punchlines too that will crack you up every now and then.

The time when Boss Baby does nothing but motivate Miles into doing things will definitely make you smile as it tries to make an allusion to bossy behaviour. Him talking about sending Memos, saying “We have to let you go”, talking about profits, hikes and salaries are subtle digs at the Corporate world.

With the level of jokes the movie retains, you can say it’s quite mediocre. Sometimes you are forced to shake your head as you can see through all the deliberate acts of chasing and fighting scenes. You know exactly what the movie intends on doing – making kids laugh.

The Final Verdict

The Boss Baby will beam you up on a lousy day anytime. It’s not a work of genius, we can establish that, but the animation gets very thoughtful at times. It can be watched if you are looking for something light-hearted and fun.

It isn’t thrilling exactly and you know that nothing in the movie is serious. Has a cartoonish feel to it that is simply meant to make you smile.

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