Mission: Impossible – Fallout UHD Review

Very Highly Recommended 5 Stars

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is brilliant filmmaking. Its success doesn’t come from reinventing action filmmaking, but rather from embracing the very heart of action filmmaking, and doing it at the highest possible level. A strong story, characters we’ve come to adore following arcs that matter, and an embrace of the tangible stunt spectacle unheard of in modern filmmaking, make this not just one of the best action films of the year, but one of the best in years!

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Released: 27 Jul 2018
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 147 min
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg
Writer(s): Christopher McQuarrie, Bruce Geller (based on the television series created by)
Plot: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.
IMDB rating: 8.0
MetaScore: 86

Disc Information
Studio: Paramount
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD, Other
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Other
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2Hr. 27Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Standard with Slip Sleeve
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: A
Release Date: 12/04/2018
MSRP: $37.99

The Production: 5/5

“Your mission, should you *choose* to accept it.” I wonder, did you ever choose not to? The end you’ve always feared is coming. And the blood will be on your hands. The fallout of all your good intentions.

Having bested the ‘Rogue Nation’ syndicate and capturing the architect behind the villainous organization, Solomon Lane, the intrepid Impossible Mission Force find themselves dealing with the unintended consequences of a new power vacuum on the world stage. Out of the ashes of the syndicate comes The Apostles, apparently led by a terrorist, John Lark, and matters only get worse when a mission fails and the team loses three plutonium cores capable of creating nuclear devices. The team is given the mission of recovering the stolen plutonium cores, but the CIA demands oversight and one of their most capable and brutal assets, August Walker, to tag along and ensure the team does not fail again.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a standout piece of cinema, an action film of such earnest spectacle and visceral entertainment that, despite the high quality of most of the others in the series, leaps out in front as the very best. Director and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie demonstrates once again a fine directorial grip on the action, drama, humor, and execution of the story. He steers the big-budget and multi-location story with such a confident hand it belies the enormity of the task he took on. As the first director to return to the M:I franchise, McQuarrie crafts a story that delivers everything you want from a spy thriller, and bookends superbly not only the story spun in Rogue Nation, but the franchise to date (more consciously from M:I III onward, but there’s nods to even the first film). It’s a rewarding experience for newcomers and fans of the series since De Palma’s modestly received first entry.

Tom Cruise is in fine form here. More than just a fine actor, and more than just an action star for whom youth seems unable to relinquish its grip, Cruise is a consummate professional raising the level of spectacle and wonder far above expectations. Known for investing time, skill and energy into helping these films deliver ‘real’ stunts that forgo computer generated trickery, he’s managed to hang off the side of a mountain, on the outside of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa in Dubai), and been strapped to the outside of a Cargo plane as it took off. His dedication has given cinema some of its most spectacular thrills. For Fallout, not only did he learn to fly a helicopter so the pulse-racing sequence near the end of the film could be something exhilarating, he learned to perform a halo jump, leaping out of a plane at 25,000 feet. That’s a highly dangerous stunt that he and others spent a year performing, once a day, to try and capture the perfect shot. This kind of investment, not only in the wonder of the stunt, but the dedication to artistry to make it look wonderful, is a real gift fo us, the audience. Cruise offers a level of dedication that, when you watch the film, makes the thrill even more tangible, the palms sweatier, and the grip of the moment whole.

Joining Cruise again this time around is Simon Pegg, a welcome mainstay since the third film as the still-green field agent and funny man, Benji Dunn. Ving Rhames returns as technical genius Luther Stickell, and he’s a good as ever. Alec Baldwin shows up again as IMF head, and Rebecca Ferguson continues her storyline from the previous installment as Ilsa, the brilliantly effective British agent whose loyalties appear to blur once again. Michelle Monaghan makes her most prominent appearance as Julia since M:I III, and it’s an important appearance. The final returning character in this direct continuation is Sean Harris’ maniacal and menacing villain, Solomon Lane. The most unconventional of the series’ baddies, Harris remains a disconcerting and unsettling opponent despite being disadvantaged for much of the running time (he never feels the prisoner, even when chained). Scheduling conflicts kept Jeremy Renner from making third appearance as William Brandt.

New cast members for Fallout include Henry Cavill as CIA muscle, August Walker. Cavill is a formidable presence, physically and story wise, and makes for one of the best characters crafted for the series. Angela Bassett’s Erika Sloane, CIA head, is complicated, and our assessment of who she is and what she represents is purposefully tinkered with as part of the plot. Then there’s Vanessa Kirby’s The White Widow, an intriguing criminal with interesting lineage.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is brilliant filmmaking. Its success doesn’t come from reinventing action filmmaking, but rather from embracing the very heart of action filmmaking, and doing it at the highest possible level. A strong story, characters we’ve come to adore following arcs that matter, and an embrace of the tangible stunt spectacle unheard of in modern filmmaking, make this not just one of the best action films of the year, but one of the best in years!

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Mission: Impossible – Fallout was majority filmed with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, with several key sequences captured with IMAX cameras, opening up to 1:90:1 or 2.20:1. The overall quality of the video on this release is stunning, with the IMAX sequences with the opened-up ratio offering a magnificent level of detail. Flesh tones are natural, and colors are deep and rich courtesy of Rob Hardy’s fine cinematography. Sequences in Europe are a little colder, not surprising, and this allows for blacks and blues to really standout. The saturation of colors, fine shadow detail, is exquisite, aided by the superb HDR (Dolby Vision) grading.

This is a wonderful looking disc. Check out the Halo jump sequence for the power of twilight lighting, creating a beautiful mood, with crisp contrasts. The helicopter sequences offers a lovely and rich display of natural colors, mountains, rivers, and more that seem like they’ve been taken from a BBC ‘Planet Earth’ documentary.

A superb 4K disc.

Audio: 5/5

Paramount has given the sixth installment of their lucrative M:I franchise a terrifically effective Dolby Atmos® track. The breakneck pace of the action finds every corner of the audio available, and pounds and pulsates with Lorne Balfe’s propulsive, effective score*. Balfe may be less musically adept than his direct predecessor, the superb Joe Kraemer, but Balfe taps into a similar vibe to Hans Zimmer’s scores for Nolan’s Batman trilogy (the first two of which he co-composed with James Newton Howard) and the results for this latest mission are marvelously energetic and enjoyable.

Low frequency effects will just about shake your walls down during the most aggressive moments of the film, and the surrounds are used well in a number of sequences, with the helicopter chase, and the Halo jump, being standouts. The bathroom fight sequence, which delivers blow after brutal blow, is another sequence where the audio shines (and the sequence as a whole is very, very good).

*The soundtrack is available now from La-La Land Records.

Special Features: 4/5

Most of the special features will be found only on the accompanying Blu-ray with this release, while the three audio commentaries will be available on the 4K disc (something that has become pretty standard). Paramount has delivered a healthy set of special features for their top release in quite some time. This release also comes with a nice little booklet highlighting some of the film’s major stunt pieces.

The collection of extra’s approaches real depth at times, with the seven-part feature being standout (and the isolated score, something you don’t often see on major studio releases, being most welcome).

Behind the Fallout

Light the Fuse

Top of the World

The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown

Rendezvous in Paris

The Fall

THE HUNT is On

Cliffside Clash

 

Deleted Scenes Montage with Optional Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton

Foot Chase Musical Breakdown

The Ultimate Mission

Storyboards

Theatrical Trailer

Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise

Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton

Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe

Isolated Score Track

Overall: 5/5

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a stunning action spectacle, made more so by the dedication and commitment of its star, Tom Cruise, and the style on the substance granted by writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. Very highly recommended!

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Neil Middlemiss

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22 Comments

  1. Todd Erwin

    I viewed the Blu-ray at a friend's house over the weekend, and the version included on that disc is the theatrical version (2.39:1 throughout).

    I've seen at least 1 review of the Blu-ray that states the two IMAX sequences open up to 1.90:1 .

  2. Peter Apruzzese

    I've seen at least 1 review of the Blu-ray that states the two IMAX sequences open up to 1.90:1 .

    I just double-checked, and you are absolutely right. I must have been too immersed in the storytelling to have noticed.

  3. Peter Apruzzese

    Thanks for checking – I should be getting a copy for Christmas and wanted to make sure there wasn't a different version out there.

    Also – is it just my PC, or is the actual review page from Neil blank?

    Refresh the page to read the review (Shift+Refresh).

  4. TWISTED BULLET

    Was not impressed by the picture quality on this movie, looked soft, and didn't look like a typical 4k scan to me.

    Someone named RAH disagrees with you.


    And as a 4k release, Paramount's home theater incarnation is perfect in every detail, inclusive of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

    Fallout is the perfect answer to the oft-heard question, "why do we need 4k and the latest technology?"

    Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

    I think I’ll go with RAH’s evaluation. No offense.

  5. Unimpressed by this film, not as good as the previous two. Script and action sequences very derivative and with an ending we have seen many times before, not least in one of Moore's Bonds. I found the cinematography to be 'muddy' and not as crisp as the previous two films. Cruise should have stuck to his previous policy and used a different director.

  6. Keith Cobby

    Unimpressed by this film, not as good as the previous two. Script and action sequences very derivative and with an ending we have seen many times before, not least in one of Moore's Bonds. I found the cinematography to be 'muddy' and not as crisp as the previous two films. Cruise should have stuck to his previous policy and used a different director.

    There is nothing like having a minority opinion.;)

  7. I watched this for the third time last night (first at a Dolby Cinema and second in 70'-wide IMAX) and the pacing is just fantastic. And last night I noticed especially how good the music by Lorne Balfe is. This may rank in my top two Mission: Impossible films (with Rogue Nation). Everything flows so beautifully and the action sequences are just spectacular! Tom Cruise may be a bit of a loon in real life but he still ranks in my top ten favorite actors of all time. The fact that he does all of his stunts may be hyperbole to some but when watching his films there is something authentic and extraordinary added to the suspense when you know that it's him

    Spoiler

  8. Kyrsten Brad

    Wondering if I should buy this individual 4K disc now or wait till it’s offered as part of that big MI set (like the first 5 movies are)?

    You kind of missed out as they had the six movie collection on sale at Amazon for $69.64 during their Black Friday sales.

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