By Dave B.
Full disclosure, I’m a big fan of the Mission Impossible franchise. However, I have a contrary nature so I’m not really inclined to like things other people like, unless there is a good reason do to so. Mission Impossible: Fallout provides that reason. It’s entertaining from beginning to end and so thrilling, that it’s the very definition of an “edge of your seat” moviegoing experience.
Honestly, I barely remember the plot and I found the villains to be mostly irrelevant. The plot is by far the weakest part of the movie, but that fact won’t decrease your enjoyment. Fallout is much more focused on eliciting visceral reactions than creating a compelling storyline and it’s one of only a select few movies that have been good despite a halfhearted attention to storytelling. The best way that I can describe it is that, even though you’ll know what will happen next, the action sequences, music, and cinematography are so well done that your heart will be racing, regardless.
The only real negative that I can point to in Fallout (besides the nearly nonexistent and utterly forgettable plot) is that it’s long. At nearly two and a half hours, the runtime was pushing right up against the limit of how long I can sit still. The movie never bored me, but when you add in the 30 minutes of commercials and however long it takes you to get to and from a theater, this movie will take up a large chunk of your day. If you’re an action fan, it’s totally worth it, though.
Mission Impossible: Fallout is the best action film that I’ve seen in a theater in a long time. You couldn’t ask for a better movie to provide you with a few hours of escapism. If any movie is worth the price of admission to achieve the full moviegoing experience, this is the one. I definitely recommend it.
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