Mission Impossible 7 is slated to arrive in May 2022, and for the past few months I have been taking a brief spoiler-filled retrospective of the films in the franchise. We finally reach the most recent – the impressive Fallout.

The Director

Christopher McQuarrie returns after the success of ROGUE NATION in a film which is a direct continuation of the previous story.

Espionage Action Thriller

The film begins, unusually, with a dream sequence where Hunt is at a beautiful lakeside with wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan), where Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) is the priest, and a nuclear blast blinds them. Following a tense standoff in a tunnel as the IMF team fail to secure three plutonium cores, we move to a hospital room watching CNNs Wolf Blitzer on the TV detailing how nuclear bombs have just devastated Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca. Hunt and Luther (Ving Rhames) try and get intel from a radical scientist.  In a great callback to the opening scene of the first Mission: Impossible movie, this is a complete deception, as the walls fall back and the doctor realises that the news reports are fake.  Even Wolf Blitzer is revealed as Benji (Simon Pegg) in the first mask rip of the film.

That “Mission Impossible” Moment

If the “Mission Impossible” moment involves an impossible situation, briefed in advance, explaining the huge difficulty the team will have in one aspect of the mission, then it is the entire finale of the movie. Lane has two nuclear bombs located in Kashmir which can only be stopped AFTER the countdown has begun, and only then if Hunt can secure a trigger device. It isn’t as claustrophobic as the CIA white room in MI1 but the ticking clock, the team trying to locate the bombs, others fighting Lane and Hunt chasing the trigger in a helicopter creates genuine excitement.

Tom Cruise Running Scene

This is one of the best, as Hunt pursues a villain in London, being directed by Benji. Hunt runs through offices, out a window, across the top of buildings then alongside the river Thames.  It includes an exhilarating shot of Cruise running full pelt across a roof then jumping across to another building. This shot, intact in the film, is the one where he broke his ankle, delaying filming for months.

Don’t Forget

The “HALO” skydiving sequence, with Cruise doing the stunts himself, was filmed over 106 jumps. The sequence, aided by Lorne Balfe’s pulsating score, is incredibly suspenseful.  Balfe’s score really punches the traditional M:I music, but also impresses with cranking up tension and the more delicate moments (and I detect cues similar to Michael Small’s eerie music for the classic conspiracy thriller The Parallax View).

The Paris motorbike chase looks and sounds impressive, especially the section where Hunt weaves in and out of traffic at the Arc de Triomphe.

The brutal bathroom fight with Hunt, Walker and Lark, including the shot of Cavill “loading his guns” is spectacular and surprisingly bloody.

Honourable Mentions

The whole supporting cast is, as always, brilliant. Angela Bassett is the steely CIA director, Henry Cavill is a muscular brooding presence as CIA assassin August Walker. Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa Faust as does Alec Baldwin as IMF Secretary Hunley. Vanessa Kirby is cool and slippery as the White Widow broker (revealed as the daughter of “Max”  – Vanessa Redgrave’s broker from MI:1). McQuarrie does a great job of respecting the previous films.

The return of Michelle Monaghan in the final act is a great touch, which brilliantly ups the stakes for the team, and illustrates just how devious Solomon Lane really is.  The scene with Cruise, Monaghan, and Wes Bentley as her husband is quiet, restrained, full of unspoken emotions and some tension.


Fallout marries the fan favourite tropes (impossible situations, masks), with espionage (hi-tech devices, secret identities, double crosses) and character (not only with Hunt and Julia’s history, but the connection between Hunt and Ilsa).

The film has blistering action – yes, that is Cruise running, jumping, driving, motorbiking, hanging from helicopters, flying helicopters and sky diving.  The pursuit sequences in Paris are wonderfully thrilling.

I missed Jeremy Renner’s Brandt (but then again, I miss Maggie Q, Paula Patton, Lawrence Fishburne and many others too).  The next film does however bring back Henry Czerny as Kittridge – the IMF thorn in Hunt’s side from the first movie.

Next time

Mission Impossible 7 was originally due to have been released in July of this year, but COVID pushed it back to May 2022. Most of the regular cast have returned, alongside Pom Klementieff, Hayley Atwell, and Esai Morales. Christopher McQuarrie’s Instagram posts are revealing.

We know little about the next film, apart from those teases from McQ, and some behind the scenes shots. If writer/director McQuarrie is further respecting and connecting the films to the earlier movies through Kittridge then we can look forward to the expansion of Mission Impossible lore.  MI:8 was originally planned to be made alongside 7, so a cliffhanger or a two-part story may be a great hook for fans.

In around eight months, we’ll get to see it for ourselves when Cruise and McQuarrie light the fuse once more.

First published on ReelAnarchy.

Producer  Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers
Director Christopher McQuarrie
Screenplay Christopher McQuarrie
Cinematographer Rob Hardy
Editor Eddie Hamilton
Music Lorne Balfe
US premiere July 2018
Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt
Henry Cavill August Walker
Simon Pegg Benji
Rebecca Ferguson Ilsa Faust
Ving Rhames Luther
Sean Harris Lane
Alec Baldwin Hunley
Angela Bassett Erika Sloane
Vanessa Kirby Alanna Mitsopolis
Michelle Monaghan Julia
Wes Bentley Erik

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