Word of Mouth: Mission Impossible: Fallout
*Spoiler-Free, Proceed Without Caution*
Mission Impossible: Fallout was filmed with a budget of over $175 million, but that is not why I watched it. MI:F has a star-studded cast, but that is not why I watched it. MI:F has great critic reviews. That is also not why I watched it.
The past few years have shown that a movie can have all of the above perks and still not turn out to be as amazing as you hoped. To be completely honest, I was planning to wait and watch MI:F whenever it came out on demand. I'm glad I didn't make that mistake. So the real question is what changed my mind?
Last Saturday, three people told me that I have to go and watch MI:F. When someone tells you a movie is good, you think about it, but you have groceries to buy, laundry to fold, hair to wash, sleep to catch up on and a lifestyle to make vegan (while it's still a thing). And there goes the movie. But when three people, who don't know each other, tell you a movie is good, you stop folding clothes, open up Fandango and buy a ticket. That is exactly what I did.
Mission Impossible: Fallout is the ass-kicking, summer movie I've been waiting for. It's nonstop action from beginning to end. The movie has a runtime of 2 hrs and 28 mins, but it didn't feel longer than an hr because of its fast pace. Although, it was long enough for me to go through the entire mountain of snacks I snuck into the theater because the days of me paying $10 for $1's worth of sour patch is long gone. And $5 for a small Dasani, GTFOH-I'm getting off track, back to Mission Impossible.
If you're a fan of the MI franchise, I personally think this is the best one and has the most heart. In this sixth installment, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) struggles with the fallout of sticking to his moral guns. There are bad guys, chase scenes, spy gadgets, nuclear bombs, etc... It's completely over the top and I LOVE IT. Nobody wants a tame MI movie. I wanted Ethan Hunt to be a live wire, I wanted villains and different chases scenes in different countries. I got all that and more.
The twists and turns in this movie are plentiful and back to back. Meaning, if you go watch this movie be sure to pay attention and don't go to the bathroom. Hold it and cross your legs. The movie will not wait for you to return and you don't want to be that person saying "What'd I miss?" Because in MI:F, you'll miss a ton.
I promised I wouldn't spoil this for anyone, so I'll just say this: The Bathroom Fight Scene. It's my favorite scene in the movie, hence the GIF above, and it doesn't even have the most intense stunts in the film. Look, I'm not anti-CGI. When done well, CGI adds amazing effects to a film that just can't be filmed in real life, like Avatar. However, MI:F shows that sometimes the best effect you can add to a movie is to film real stunts and chases. It's more expensive, but it heightens the intensity and realism of a shot. Remember that scene in Inception where Joseph Gordon-Levitt fights some bad guy in the rotating hallway. Know why it looks so cool and real? Because it was real, they filmed it in a rotating hallway.
I'm not sure how they pulled off all the action sequences in MI:F, but Tom Cruise DELIVERS on all the stunts. Whether it's skydiving, jumping off buildings or racing through the streets of Paris on a motorcycle, you feel like you're right next to him. He even broke his ankle jumping from one building to another and shut down production for 5 months.
A wise man by the name of Fetty Wap once said, "Everybody want to be Fetty Wap, nobody want to lose an eye though." Deep down inside, we all want to be action heroes, nobody wants to break an ankle though. But Tom Cruise did and his broken ankle just speaks to the insanity of the action in this film.
Mission Impossible: Fallout makes you think that you're cooler than you are just from watching it. Over the past 48 hrs, my brain has flirted with the idea of me being a stunt person, a skydiver and a super secret CIA agent. That is what this movie did to me. It made me think I can be a real life Ethan Hunt. I know, I know. I'm crazy, it's incurable.
Ultimately, the goal of this blog is to talk about really good movies and shows. Mission Impossible: Fallout is just that, really friggin good. Watch it.
Oh and the next time you have a bunch of people talking to you in real life about a movie, check it out, even if you don't want to. Word of Mouth is the oldest and most reliable form of marketing and social media. Like Mission Impossible: Fallout, it has not let me down.