MOVIE PREVIEWS
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 07/27/2018
Production Company: Paramount Pictures

Cast:
Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett
and Alec Baldwin.

Crew:
Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Producers: Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Raphael Benoliel, Per Henry Borch, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Tommy Gormley and Don Granger. Executive Producer: Tom Cruise. Screenwriters: Christopher McQuarrie and Bruce Geller. Cinematographer: Rob Hardy.
Plot:
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

The smart money is always on Tom Cruise. This guy never phones in any performances and at 56 years old, he still delivers supersized entertainment by doing most all his stunts.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is 2½ hours of pure exhilaration from start to finish.

Seriously, this is Cruise/Ethan Hunt at his finest. Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly outdo his jaw-dropping action scenes from “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Ghost Protocol,” he does in “Fallout.”

There are numerous action sequences in the film, but some of the best are when Cruise (Ethan Hunt) tries to survive a helicopter chase/crash on a snowy mountain or skydives from a plane during a lightning storm. And that bathroom brawl must rank as the best ever on screen.

There’s a compelling story too among all the white-knuckle action. Credit that to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who not only cranks up the mayhem, but also adds a significant touch of humor to offset the drama. With Cruise in control, it all works to perfection.

We first see Hunt at a safehouse in Belfast. It’s here he receives the details of his mission that involves retrieving three plutonium cores that have been stolen by a terrorist group known as The Apostles which are part of The Syndicate.

Hunt’s adventure takes him to Berlin and he meets up with his IMF crew Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames, “Con Man” ) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg, “Ready Player One”).

Complicating matters is Hunt’s old nemesis, Solomon Lane (a terrific Sean Harris, TV’s “Lucifer”).

According to Hunt’s boss, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), the former CIA Director now IMF Secretary, Lane has joined forces with an egomaniac terrorist who is hell-bent on destroying the world with a nuclear attack.

That’s not about to happen with Hunt around. When new, CIA Director Erica Sloane (the wonderful Angela Bassett, TV’s “9-1-1”) instructs Special Activities operative August Walker (Henry Cavill, “Justice League”) to shadow Hunt, well, it just raises the stakes even higher especially when August turns out to have ulterior motives.

And this is when “Mission Impossible: Fallout” goes all in with double and triple crosses and stunning twists that will keep you guessing and just blow you away.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is one of the best action movies this year.

Make it your mission to see it.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.

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Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

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