Later that evening I was drifting off to sleep when suddenly I felt a jolt, and then, “Bam!” Suddenly I was wide awake.
I was at the Empire Theatre and it was the noise of the siren from the movie Mission: Impossible – Fallout that helped me regain consciousness.
Ironically, it was a boring scene in the opening 10 minutes of this latest Tom Cruise flick - and exhaustion of course, that sent me to dreamland in the first place.
But I certainly did not feel drowsy for the remainder of the movie. Based on how the earlier instalments fared, I thought I would never admit this but here I go – this Mission: Impossible is much better than I expected.
And I’m prepared to bet that if you go to see it, you will have a jolly good time - but only if you are able to survive the tedious exchange between the leading characters earlier in the movie.
And if your eyes somehow lose their fight against gravity, don’t worry; there is a good chance you will feel the same jolt I did when the action really gets underway.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout takes place two years after the events of Rogue Nation where Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is able to capture anarchist Solomon Lane (Sea Harris) and destroy his organisation, known as The Syndicate.
However, The Syndicate is far from seeing its last days as the remaining members form another terror organisation, this time called The Apostles.
Hunt receives a mission to intercept the sale of three plutonium cores to The Apostles who want to use them to make nuclear weapons to stage an attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
He joins CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill) and his IMF team in an action-packed mission to prevent the plutonium from falling into the hands of The Apostles.
Mission: Impossible is one of the most profitable franchises, raking about $4.4 billion from the five movies so far against a budget of about $1.2b (including the latest one, Fallout).
Since the initial Mission: Impossible which was released back in 1996, the makers of this franchise have managed to fend off some strong challenges from other spy movies to keep their audience entertained.
The franchise may have lost some of its fan base from the lacklustre sequels, but Mission: Impossible remains a major drawcard when talk about the greatest spy movies come to the fore.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie, who also directed Rogue Nation, does a superb job in bringing some fresh elements to keep the franchise fresh in a highly competitive genre.
The story has a good flow, there is a pinch of humour here and there, bit of a chemistry between the main characters and most important of all, adrenaline-filled action which is top notch.
There is a high speed chase with Cruise on a bike trailed by the police through busy Paris traffic which is terrifically done. The camera work is outstanding here, and it makes the audience feel like they are part of the scene.
Cruise, who does all the action scenes himself, makes these daring stunts look so easy. To be honest, what he may lack in acting ability (no offence to his fans), he covers well with some daring stunts in the action sequences.
The locations chosen by the makers of this film, especially some parts of the climax shot in a snowy-clad Kashmir, give good depth to the visuals.
In a nutshell, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a real treat for cinemagoers who appreciate action movies with a decent script.
It’s a hard combination to find these days, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss this one.