Director Christopher McQuarrie (Oscar Winner -Best Writing "The Usual Suspects") has written and directed two Tom Cruise MI films, in addition to Cruise's "Jack Reacher" action film. Could it be that McQuarrie/Cruise has run its course? Or, is this rather predictable misstep the blame of Producer J.J. Abrams ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi'), who hasn't really been on roll these days himself? Present is the "should you choose to accept it..." destructing instructions, the debonaire Cruise, the familiar MI theme music (by Lorne Balfe), attractive co-star (Henry Cavill "Superman"), the cold-hearted boss (Angela Bassett), goofy side kicks (Ving Rhams and Simon Pegg), car & motorcycle chases, daredevil leaps, bounds and flights (by Cruise), fight scenes that rarely cause a bruise, gun battles that always hit the bad dudes (but never the good guys), terrific London cinematography (Rob Hardy), good and bad love interests (Rebecca Ferguson "The Greatest Showman," Vanessa Kirby "The Crown" TV Series, and Michelle Monaghan "Pixels"), and a few fun/interesting secondary roles by Wes Bentley (hot off of "Yellowstone" TV), Alec Baldwin and CNN Newscaster Wolf Blitzer. And, if that's not enough to stimulate your senses, "the dossier" (not today's "dossier," but the word dossier) gets tossed into this action packed extravaganza. Personally, I found the whole thing "been there, done that" from the get go. Maybe it was McQuarrie and Bruce Geller's verbose writing that required the actors to continually overly explain what's happening, why it's happening and what might happen if something doesn't happen. Even the fun twists and turns that are usually associated with this series, are predictable and lack exciting impact. Hey, this is MI and we're told to love this film. So, check it out, and you decide if you have a "Fallout" with this series.
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