Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Two years after Ethan Hunt had successfully captured Solomon Lane, the remnants of the Syndicate have reformed into another organization called the Apostles. Under the leadership of a mysterious fundamentalist known only as John Lark, the organization is planning on acquiring three plutonium cores. Ethan and his team are sent to Berlin to intercept them, but the mission fails when Ethan saves Luther and the Apostles escape with the plutonium. With CIA agent August Walker joining the team, Ethan and his allies must now find the plutonium cores before it's too late.
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China
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IMDb   7.7 /10
Metacritic   86 %
TheMovieDb    7.4 /10
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Release Date2018-07-25
Runtime2h 27mins
GenreAction, Adventure, Thriller
Content RatingPG-13 (PG-13)
AwardsNominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 23 wins & 36 nominations.
CompanyParamount Pictures, Skydance Media, TC Productions
CountryUSA, China, France, Norway, UK
LanguageEnglish, French
Ethan Hunt
August Walker
Luther Stickell
Benji Dunn
Solomon Lane
The White Widow
Frederick Schmidt
Frederick Schmidt
Zola
Alan Hunley
Lark Decoy
Wolf Blitzer

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie following the 2015 film Rogue Nation, making him the first director to direct more than one film in the franchise. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin all of whom reprise their roles from the previous films, along with Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett, who join the franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt and his team must track down missing plutonium while being monitored by the Apostles after a mission goes wrong.

Talks for a sixth Mission: Impossible film began before releasing Rogue Nation in 2015. The film was officially announced in November 2015, with McQuarrie confirming his return as writer and director, as well as producer alongside J. J. Abrams and Cruise, the seventh collaboration between the pair. Jeremy Renner confirmed that he was unable to appear in the film because of scheduling conflicts with Avengers: Endgame. Filming took place from April 2017 to March 2018 in Paris, London, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates. Production was notably put on hold for two months following an injury to Cruise in August 2017.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout had its world premiere in Paris on July 12, 2018, and was released in the United States on July 27, 2018; it was the first in the series to be released in RealD 3D, and also had an IMAX release. It grossed $791 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of Cruise's career and the highest-grossing film in the franchise, surpassing Ghost Protocol. It received critical acclaim for its direction, screenplay, cinematography, action sequences, stunts, musical score, and acting and is considered by many critics to be the best installment in the franchise.

Two untitled sequels, one of them being Mission: Impossible 7, are both scheduled to be released in September 2022 and July 2023, respectively, both directed by McQuarrie.


Plot

Two years after anarchist Solomon Lane's capture, the remnants of his organization of rogue covert operatives, the Syndicate, continue to wreak havoc around the globe and have reorganized as a terrorist group known as the Apostles. They are allied with a mysterious extremist known as John Lark, who has written a manifesto calling for the destruction of the current world order.

At a safe house in Belfast, IMF agent Ethan Hunt is assigned to buy three stolen plutonium cores in Berlin from Eastern European gangsters, before the Apostles can. He is joined by Benji Dunn and Luther Stickell for the mission, but the team fails when Stickell is captured. Hunt's attempt to save Stickell allows agents of the arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis (aka the White Widow) to seize the plutonium. The IMF team later captures nuclear weapons expert Nils Delbruuk, whose security clearance was revoked for his involvement in designing nukes for the Apostles. Delbruuk explains the Apostles' creed that "there has never been great peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace." Using a fake broadcast of Dunn posing as CNN's Wolf Blitzer, they trick Delbruuk into unlocking a phone that he used to communicate with Lark.

Furious at the IMF's failure to secure the plutonium, CIA Director Erika Sloane instructs Special Activities Division operative August Walker to shadow Hunt as he attempts to retrieve it. Hunt and Walker infiltrate a nightclub party in Paris where Lark is believed to be buying the cores from Mitsopolis, acting as the middleman in the plutonium sale. They track a man they suspect to be Lark, but after fighting him in a restroom, the man is killed by MI6 agent Ilsa Faust. Hunt assumes the role of Lark without a disguise and escapes from assassins sent to kill both Lark and Mitsopolis.

In exchange for the plutonium, Mitsopolis tasks Hunt with extracting Lane from an armored convoy moving through Paris. She provides one of the plutonium cores as a down payment. Hunt and Walker preemptively attack the convoy to prevent Mitsopolis and her brother Zola from killing local police. Ramming Lane's vehicle into water, they lead police and Mitsopolis's men on a chase across Paris while Dunn and Stickell, in a watercraft, secure Lane. Faust reappears and attempts to kill Lane to prove her loyalty to MI6, but the extraction is successful. Mitsopolis instructs Hunt to deliver both Lane and Faust to London.

At a London safe house, IMF Secretary Alan Hunley reveals evidence doctored by Walker and passed to Sloane, framing Hunt for being Lark and the man who was killed by Ilsa was only a decoy. Eventually, the team and Hunley trick Walker into admitting he is in fact the real Lark and inform Sloane, who sends in a CIA unit to take everyone into custody for transfer to Washington, D.C. However, unbeknownst to Sloane, the CIA has been infiltrated by the Apostles thanks to Walker, who gives them the signal to kill everyone instead. Walker kills Hunley and escapes after Hunt chases him across London. As he departs for India with Lane, Walker instructs Hunt to turn himself in and admit that he is Lark or else Hunt's ex-wife Julia will be harmed.

The team deduces that Lane and Walker plan to detonate the remaining two nuclear bombs at a medical camp over the Siachen Glacier, contaminating the water supply of India, Pakistan, and China. With a third of its population affected, the world will descend into anarchy, which the Apostles hope will lead to the emergence of a new world order. As the bombs are linked by a failsafe, any attempt to defuse one bomb without also disarming the detonator will automatically trigger the other.

Upon arrival in Kashmir, Hunt discovers Julia and her new husband Erik are assigned to the medical camp, an arrangement made by Walker to increase the pressure on Hunt. Lane programs the bombs' detonator with a 15-minute countdown and gives it to Walker, choosing to remain behind with the bombs. Walker takes off, secretly pursued by Hunt while Dunn, Stickell, and Faust try to find and defuse the nuclear weapons. Stickell attempts to deactivate the first bomb with Julia's help, but they cannot without the detonator. Faust and Dunn find the second bomb, but are ambushed by Lane, whom they subdue after an intense fight. Following an aerial chase, Hunt uses a hijacked helicopter to ram Walker's helicopter out of the sky. The two men battle on a cliff and Hunt kills Walker by pulling the rope of a fallen helicopter’s cargo hook, which lands onto his face, making Walker alongside the helicopter fall off the cliff. Hunt secures the detonator with seconds to spare, allowing the team to deactivate the nukes.

In the aftermath, Sloane hands Lane over to MI6 through Mitsopolis, with Faust earning her exoneration. Julia tells Hunt that he has given her the best life, despite his commitment to the IMF. Faust and the team join Hunt in celebration.


Cast

  • Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an agent of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF)
  • Henry Cavill as August Walker / John Lark, an agent for Special Activities Division of the CIA, who is secretly an extremist allied with Solomon Lane and the Apostles
  • Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, an IMF agent, a long running member of Hunt’s team and a computer hacker
  • Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, an IMF technical field agent and a member of Hunt's team
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, a former MI6 agent who allied with Hunt at Paris, London, and the Siachen Glacier
  • Sean Harris as Solomon Lane, an anarchist mastermind who was the leader of the Syndicate, later known as the Apostles
  • Angela Bassett as Erika Sloane, the new Director of CIA replacing Hunley, and Walker's superior
  • Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis / White Widow, an arms dealer
  • Michelle Monaghan as Julia Meade, a doctor and Ethan's ex-wife
  • Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley, a former CIA Director who later became the new IMF Secretary
  • Wes Bentley as Erik, Julia's husband
  • Frederick Schmidt as Zola Mitsopolis, Alanna's brother
  • Ross O'Hennessy as a British agent
  • Liang Yang as the John Lark decoy
  • Kristoffer Joner as Nils Delbruuk, a rogue nuclear weapons specialist
  • Alix Bénézech as the French policewoman whom Ethan saves from Zola's men in Paris
  • Caspar Phillipson as a plutonium dealer
  • Wolf Blitzer as himself, a disguise worn by Dunn

Production

Pre-production

On May 23, 2015, The Tracking Board reported that Paramount Pictures was developing a sixth Mission: Impossible film, with Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg returning to produce, along with Don Granger and Matt Grimm as executive producers, and Elizabeth Raposo overseeing development. On July 28, 2015, Cruise confirmed on The Daily Show that a sixth film was already being developed, and told its host Jon Stewart that the filming would "probably" commence in summer 2016. On August 2, 2015, Paramount executive Rob Moore told Variety that the sequel was already in the works, stating that they were "very happy to be developing this movie with Tom," and "there has to be another movie." On November 19, 2015, it was announced that Paramount had again hired Christopher McQuarrie to write the film, while it was possible that he would also direct again. The studio was moving fast, with plans to begin shooting in August 2016. On November 30, 2015, McQuarrie confirmed through his Twitter account that he would be back for directing duty as well, and also produce the film along with Cruise. On August 19, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Paramount had halted pre-production on the film for a dispute over salary between Cruise and the studio, as Cruise wanted to be paid equal to or more than his fee for the Universal Pictures film The Mummy. On September 16, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Cruise's dispute with the studio had been resolved. Production would now begin in spring 2017. In November, Jeremy Renner—who portrayed William Brandt in the fourth and fifth films—stated that he was unsure if he would be part of the sixth film because of scheduling conflicts with his role as Hawkeye in Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame (2019). In March 2017, it was confirmed at CinemaCon that he would not return for the sixth film.

In February, McQuarrie revealed that the film would include more backstory to Ethan Hunt's personal life. On June 13, 2017, Michelle Monaghan was announced to return as Ethan Hunt's wife Julia Meade-Hunt.

Filming

Filming was slated to start in Paris on April 10, 2017. Other locations included London, New Zealand and Norway. Filming officially began on April 8. Some of the filming also took place in New Zealand in July 2017. The municipality of Forsand in Norway allowed the closing of Preikestolen ('Pulpit Rock') for a time in autumn for the film's shoot; only crew members and cast were allowed to approach the mountain for nine consecutive days. They also were allowed up to 50 helicopter landings per day. The scenes set in the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir were shot in New Zealand. Director Christopher McQuarrie said that he wanted the climax of the film to be set in a more "politically complex" location than New Zealand, so he chose to set this sequence in Kashmir.

In August 2017, Cruise injured his right leg on the London set during filming. Following the accident, the studio announced it would halt production for at least nine weeks for Cruise's broken ankle and other injuries to heal, but released a statement saying that they would be keeping the July 2018 release date for the film. The injury resulted in a cost of around $80 million for the studio because they had to pay the cast and crew for the eight-week hiatus so they would not take another job. However, the injury and subsequent costs were offset by insurance. They did not count against the film's final budget. Filming resumed in early October 2017, with Cruise spotted on the set seven weeks after his initial injury and two weeks earlier than initially planned.

Reshoots for Cavill's Justice League coincided with the schedule for Fallout, for which he had grown a mustache which he was contracted to keep while filming. While McQuarrie initially gave the producers of Justice League permission to have Cavill shave the mustache in exchange for the $3 million it would cost to shut down production on Fallout and then digitally fill the mustache in, executives from Paramount rejected the idea, forcing Justice League's VFX team to use special effects to digitally remove the mustache in post-production.

On January 25, 2018, the title was revealed to be Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Filming wrapped in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 25, 2018. Production in the UAE included filming of a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump scene with Cruise. The scene required Cruise and the crew to train on a ground-based vertical wind tunnel, and then use a C-17 military aircraft to make over one hundred jumps from around 25,000 feet (7,600 m) to end up with three takes that McQuarrie wanted for the film. As the scene was to be set near sunset, they could only make one jump a day to try to get each shot. One of the biggest challenges for the visual effects team was replacing the Abu Dhabi desert with Paris, which is where the jump takes place in the film. Artists re-created the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées using reference imagery, Lidar scans, and photogrammetry from drone footage that was taken above the building.

Visual effects

The visual effects were provided by DNEG and Blind LTD and supervised by Huw Evans, Andrew Booth, and Jody Johnson with the help of One of Us and The Third Floor.


Music

Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Lorne Balfe
ReleasedJuly 14, 2018
Recorded2018
GenreFilm score
Length1:35:45
Label
  • La-La Land Records
  • Paramount Music
ProducerLorne Balfe, Queenie Li
Lorne Balfe chronology
Pacific Rim: Uprising
(2018)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Music from the Motion Picture
(2018)
Georgetown
(2019)
Mission: Impossible chronology
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Music from the Motion Picture
(2015)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Music from the Motion Picture
(2018)
Mission: Impossible 7 – The Album
(2021)

The musical score for Mission: Impossible – Fallout was composed by Lorne Balfe. McQuarrie confirmed Balfe to be the composer for the film in April 2018, replacing the previous composer and longtime collaborator Joe Kraemer. Balfe was given eight months to score the film and had a very collaborative process. At the same time, however, Kraemer was ghosted by McQuarrie and did not find out he was not scoring the film until February 2018 through McQuarrie's agent after repeated attempts to get information.

The score has been praised by many critics, calling it an epic and inspiring score, with some powerful themes which are balanced with softer, more sentimental ones; some also considered it being too "Nolan-esque," comparing it to scores by Hans Zimmer (particularly The Dark Knight Rises). The score implements the use of percussion, snares, and bongos to create a jaunty staccato momentum.

The digital album was released through Paramount Music on July 14, 2018. The physical soundtrack was released later in the month by La-La Land Records.

All music is composed by Lorne Balfe.

No.TitleLength
1."A Storm is Coming"1:12
2."Your Mission"2:14
3."Should You Choose to Accept..."2:34
4."The Manifesto"1:44
5."Good Evening, Mr. Hunt"4:19
6."Change of Plan"5:47
7."A Terrible Choice"2:54
8."Fallout"1:30
9."Stairs and Rooftops"6:00
10."No Hard Feelings"4:20
11."Free Fall"4:14
12."The White Widow"4:42
13."I Am the Storm"2:07
14."The Exchange"5:54
15."Steps Ahead"1:02
16."Escape Through Paris"5:05
17."We Are Never Free"6:57
18."Kashmir"4:29
19."Fate Whispers to the Warrior"3:54
20."And the Warrior Whispers Back"3:56
21."Unfinished Business"1:49
22."Scalpel and Hammer"5:10
23."The Syndicate"6:00
24."Cutting on One"3:42
25."The Last Resort"2:55
26."Mission: Accomplished"1:15
Total length:1:35:45

Marketing

The first trailer was released on February 4, 2018, during Super Bowl LII, and a second one on May 16, 2018. Marketing spent a total of $140 million on global promotion and advertisements.


Release

Theatrical

Mission: Impossible – Fallout was released in the United States and Canada on July 27, 2018, by Paramount in RealD 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D, and August 31, 2018 in China. The film premiered in Paris on July 12, 2018. The film was released in India with some edits to exclude any mention of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Home media

Mission: Impossible – Fallout was released for digital download on November 20, 2018 and was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on December 4, 2018. The digital and Blu-ray releases include behind-the-scenes featurettes, a deleted scenes montage, an isolated score, and three commentary tracks. The film is also available in 3D on certain VOD services around the world.


Reception

Box office

Mission: Impossible – Fallout grossed $220.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $571 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $791.1 million, against a production budget of $178 million, becoming Mission: Impossible's highest-grossing film.

In the United States and Canada, Fallout was released alongside Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, and was projected to gross $48–65 million in its opening weekend, with some estimates going as high as $75 million. It opened in 4,386 theaters, the most ever for the franchise and the seventh-widest release of all time. The film made $6 million from Thursday night previews (including $1 million from IMAX screenings), the highest of the series, a record for Cruise, and a 50% increase from Rogue Nation's $4 million. It went on to debut to $61.2 million, the best of the series and the second-highest of Cruise's career. It made $35.3 million in its second weekend to remain in first and marked the best sophomore frame of the franchise. The film made $19.4 million in its third weekend, finishing second behind newcomer The Meg.

In other territories, the film was projected to debut to $75–80 million from 36 countries, for an estimated total global opening of around $135 million. It made $15 million on its first day, including $2.8 million in South Korea. The film ended up overperforming, debuting at $92 million overseas for a worldwide total of $153.5 million. Its largest markets were China ($181 million), South Korea ($24.9 million), the United Kingdom ($9.5 million), and India ($8.2 million). By its third weekend of release, the most significant markets outside the US were: South Korea ($46.4 million), the UK ($22.4 million), India ($13.5 million), Taiwan ($11.9 million), Mexico ($10.8 million), Brazil ($9.6 million) and UAE ($6.4 million).

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97% based on 437 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible – Fallout lives up to the 'impossible' part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100, based on 60 critics, indicating "universal acclaim." Audiences polled by PostTrak gave the film an 84% overall positive score and a 65% "definite recommend," while CinemaScore reported filmgoers gave it an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the highest ever for the series.

Variety's Peter Debruge called the film "the series' most exciting installment yet," saying, "McQuarrie clearly believes in creating coherent set pieces: His combat scenes are tense, muscular, and clean, shot and edited in such a way that the spatial geography makes sense." David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a grade of "A" and called it one of the best action films ever, writing "He's only Tom Cruise because nobody else is willing to be—or maybe he's only Tom Cruise so that nobody else has to be. Either way, Fallout is the film he's always promised us, and it is worth the wait." Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty also gave the film an "A" grade, commenting on Cruise that "He's still Hollywood's hungriest movie star", with the series getting "better, twistier and more deliriously fun with each installment". George Simpson of The Express complimented "the action is brutal and gut-punching, the pacing heart-pumping and the stakes so high it's gasp-inducing at times," adding, "Fallout is an improvement on all the previous films' failings, drawing together all the best aspects of them; simultaneously giving off that classic vibe of the original while never being afraid to continually evolve;" he gave the film five out of five stars. The Telegraph's Tim Robey summed up the film as "spectacular and eye-popping," deeming it "the blockbuster of the summer" with "a pleasingly sinuous plot," and calling the film and its series a "Bond-like franchise"; he also rated the film five out of five stars.

Robert Abele of TheWrap described Cruise as an "evergreen movie star with the daredevil heart of a stuntman" and that he "puts every ounce of effort he can into the long, hard work of maintaining a blockbuster franchise." The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy praised director Christopher McQuarrie, saying that with Mission: Impossible – Fallout he "tops what he did with Cruise three years ago," and also singled out Vanessa Kirby for playing her character with "a mix of elegance and frisky abandon." J.R. Kinnard of PopMatters wrote, "Though it lacks the gritty humanity of something like George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Mission: Impossible – Fallout is no less impressive in its dedication to character-driven action and practical special effects. It's a dazzling, non-stop thriller that's sure to become an instant action classic." Screen Daily's Tim Grierson wrote, "Tom Cruise is on fighting form in this thrilling franchise topper... ageless, riveting and seemingly unstoppable," further adding that "the sixth film in the series is among the most outstanding, delivering a near-exhausting amount of stupendous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film three out of five stars, saying "there isn't as much in the dialogue as before," but added, "Crashes and petrolhead spills are what this franchise is reasonably expected to deliver. And this is what it cheerfully does."

Sight & Sound's Nick Pinkerton wrote, "A strong contender for the most consistently cinematic franchise of the last 25 years, the Mission: Impossible films also offer a case study in the idea of the actor as auteur, with Tom Cruise continuing to present himself as a fearless screen immortal in Fallout."

The film was listed in 53 critics' Top 10 movies of 2018.

Accolades

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipientSResultRef.
BAFTA AwardsFebruary 10, 2019Best SoundGilbert Lake, James H. Mather,
Christopher Munro, Mike Prestwood Smith
Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie AwardsJanuary 13, 2019Best Action MovieWon
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Location Managers Guild AwardsSeptember 21, 2019Outstanding Locations in Contemporary FilmDavid Campbell-Bell, Ben PiltzWon
Outstanding Film CommissionKJ Jennings – Film Otago SouthlandWon
People's Choice AwardsNovember 11, 2018Action Movie of 2018Nominated
Action Movie Star of 2018Tom CruiseNominated
Male Movie Star of 2018Nominated
Movie of 2018Nominated
Saturn AwardsSeptember 13, 2019Best Action or Adventure FilmWon
Best ActorTom CruiseNominated
Best WritingChristopher McQuarrieNominated
Best Special EffectsNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsJanuary 27, 2019Outstanding Performance by a
Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Nominated
Seattle Film Critics SocietyDecember 17, 2018Best Picture of the YearNominated
Best CinematographyRob HardyNominated
Best Film EditingEddie HamiltonWon
Best Original ScoreLorne BalfeNominated
Best Visual EffectsJody JohnsonWon

Sequel

A sequel is scheduled to be released on September 30, 2022, after being delayed three times by the COVID-19 pandemic. Announced in January 2019, it will be filmed back-to-back with the eighth film.