Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, Sian Brooke, Angela Bassett
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Action spy sequel directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie. Mission: Impossible – Fallout follows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team, Alan Hunley, Benji Dunn, Luther Stickell (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames), along with some familiar allies, Ilsa Faust and Julia (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan), in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Solomon Lane: Do you, Ethan, take Julia to be your lawful wedded wife?
Ethan Hunt: I do.
Solomon Lane: To have, to hold, to love, cherish, honor, and protect?
Ethan Hunt: I do.
Solomon Lane: To shield from terrors known and unknown? To lie, to deceive?
Ethan Hunt: What?
Solomon Lane: To live a double life, to fail to prevent her abduction, erase her identity, force her into hiding, take away all she has known…
Ethan Hunt: Stop.
Solomon Lane: In a selfish, futile, fleeting attempt…
Ethan Hunt: Stop.
Solomon Lane: To escape your own true self?
Ethan Hunt: Please, stop.
Solomon Lane: And, Julia, do you choose to accept?
Ethan Hunt: [to Julia] Don’t.
Julia: I do.
Solomon Lane: [Ethan sees the priest is Solomon] No. You should have killed me, Ethan.
Delivery Man: Fate whispers to the warrior.
Ethan Hunt: A storm is coming.
Delivery Man: And the warrior whispers back?
Ethan Hunt: I am the storm.
Ethan Hunt: [referring to Nils Debruuk] Give me five minutes with this guy.
Luther Stickell: Ethan, I can’t let you do that. That’s not who we are.
Ethan Hunt: Then maybe we need to reconsider that.
Ethan Hunt: What’s done is done, when we say it’s done.
Alan Hunley: [to Ethan] You had a terrible choice to make in Berlin: recover the plutonium or save your team. You chose your team, and now the world is at risk. Some flaw deep in your core being simply won’t allow you to choose between one life and millions. Now you see that as a sign of weakness. To me, that’s your greatest strength. It also tells me I can count on you to cover my a**, because coming over here from the CIA was a lateral move, some say a step down, but I did it because of you. Don’t make me regret it.
Alan Hunley: We need reliable intelligence, and we need it now, and this scenario is precisely why the IMF exists.
Erica Sloan: The IMF is Halloween, Alan. A bunch of grown men in rubber masks playing trick-or-treat. And if he had held on to the plutonium in Berlin, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
Alan Hunley: And his team would be dead.
Erica Sloan: Yes. They would. That’s the job. And that’s why I want one of my own men on the scene to appraise the situation. Agent Walker, Special Activities.
Alan Hunley: His reputation precedes.
Erica Sloan: You use a scalpel. I prefer a hammer.
Alan Hunley: The answer is no. I have operational authority here, direct from the President. You have a problem with that, you take it up with him.
Erica Sloan: I have already, and he agrees with me. My man goes, or no one goes.
Ethan Hunt: What are you doing here?
Ilsa Faust: It’s good to see you, too.
August Walker: [to Ethan] Hope is not a strategy!
Ilsa Faust: Oh, you must be new.
Ethan Hunt: What aren’t you telling me?
Ilsa Faust: You don’t understand what you’re involved in.
Ethan Hunt: I don’t understand what I’m involved in. I don’t understand what I’m involved in? What am I involved in?
August Walker: How many times has Hunt’s government betrayed him, disavowed him, cast him aside? And how long before a man like that has had enough?
Solomon Lane: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.” I wonder, Ethan, did you ever choose not to? Did you ever stop and ask yourself who it was giving you the orders or why? While every day the master you serve moves one step closer to ending the world.
Luther Stickell: Strange accusation coming from a terrorist.
Solomon Lane: Terrorists are schoolboys desperate for attention, hoping to shape public opinion through fear. I don’t care in the least what people think or feel. In my experience, they don’t do either for very long.
Benji Dunn: Oh, and I suppose that justifies bombing factories or bringing down civilian aircraft. Or strapping me into an explosive vest!
Solomon Lane: Consider it unfinished business, my funny little friend.
Solomon Lane: You should have killed me, Ethan. The end you’ve always feared is coming. It’s coming. And the blood will be on your hands. The fallout of all your good intentions.
Ethan Hunt: Mr. Secretary.
Alan Hunley: I prayed to God that it wasn’t true.
Benji Dunn: Well, in his defense, sir, if Ethan hadn’t intervened, a great many people would have been killed.
Alan Hunley: Yes, Dunn, I’m sure that the good people of Paris and the nation of France as a whole will take that into account.
Alan Hunley: I believe I’ve been given a choice to protect you or the IMF, which is why I’m bringing you in.
Ethan Hunt: And if I refuse?
[referring to Walker]
Alan Hunley: What do you think he’s here for? You think he’s some observer? He’s an assassin! Erika Sloane’s number-one plumber. You go rogue, he’s authorized to hunt you down and kill you.
August Walker: It’s the job. No hard feelings.
Alan Hunley: Accept it, Ethan. You’ve lost this one. What’s done is done.
Ethan Hunt: No, sir. No.
Alan Hunley: I am not asking you. I am giving you a direct order. This mission is terminated. Now!
August Walker: Why did you have to make this so f***ing complicated?
Solomon Lane: I don’t understand what you mean.
August Walker: The deal was simple. I help you frame Hunt, you give me the plutonium. You’re wasting time!
Solomon Lane: “There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.”
August Walker: When I wrote those words, I wasn’t referring to your peace or Hunt’s suffering. The old world order needs dismantling, and we have the tools to dismantle it. All you seem to care about is that Hunt lives to take the blame. That’s not anarchy. That’s revenge.
Solomon Lane: Yes, it is. And when I have what I want, the Apostles will give you the plutonium.
August Walker: Hunt’s the only friend you’ve got. You’re only alive today because he didn’t have the guts to kill you. Sloane was right. The IMF is Halloween. Nothing but grown men wearing…
[Walker stares at Solomon realizing that this may not the real Solomon]
Solomon Lane: What?
[Walker walks over to Solomon, takes hold of his face, rips the mask revealing Benji]
Benji Dunn: It’s just the job. No hard feelings.
Benji Dunn: [as he’s tracking Ethan] Why is he running in circles?
Benji Dunn: Okay, you need to cross the street on your left as soon as you can. Ethan, did you copy? Left, go left, now!
Ethan Hunt: I’m working on it!
Benji Dunn: Now go across the street right in front of you. Ethan, he’s getting away from you! You’re going to have to go faster. You’re gaining on him. Go straight.
Ethan Hunt: [as he runs into an office building] Straight? Keep going straight?
Benji Dunn: Go straight, go straight, straight, straight, straight. Okay, now turn right.
Ethan Hunt: [stops in the middle of the office] Right? Now?
Benji Dunn: Yes, right!
Ethan Hunt: [sees the office windows on the right] Are you sure?
Benji Dunn: Yes, I’m…
Benji Dunn: [ooks at his tablet, turns it around] No, it’s left! Turn left! Sorry, I had the screen-lock on.
Ethan Hunt: [just office an windows again] Left.
Benji Dunn: What are you waiting for?
Ethan Hunt: I’m jumping out a window!
Benji Dunn: What do you mean, you’re jumping out of a… Oh, sorry. I had it in 2D. Good luck.
Luther Stickell: In all the years that I’ve known Ethan, he’s only been serious about two women. One was his wife.
Ilsa Faust: He’s married?
Luther Stickell: No, he was.
Ilsa Faust: Was? What happened to her?
Luther Stickell: Well, she was taken by some people who wanted to get to Ethan. It’s okay, he got her back in one piece. Then he quit the game. They were happy for a while. But every time something bad happened in the world, Ethan would think, “I should’ve been there.” And she would wonder, “Who’s watching the world while Ethan’s watching me?” Deep down, they both knew that someday, somehow, something truly terrible was going to happen all because they were together. So…
Ilsa Faust: Where is she now?
Luther Stickell: She’s a ghost. Good at it, too. Taught her myself. Every now and then, she sends up a signal to let Ethan know she’s safe, and that keeps him going.
Ilsa Faust: Why are you telling me this?
Luther Stickell: Hmm. We’re in this mess because Ethan wouldn’t let me die. He’s a good man. And he cares about you more than he can admit. That’s one more worry than he can handle right now. If you care about him, you should walk away.
Ethan Hunt: [to his IMF team] I don’t trust anybody outside of this room.
Ilsa Faust: [referring to Ethan he’s about jump onto a helicopter] What the hell is he doing?
Benji Dunn: I find it best not to look!
Ethan Hunt: [takes over a helicopter to chase after Walker] Benji, do you copy?
Benji Dunn: Ethan! Ethan, where are you?
Ilsa Faust: I’m in a helicopter going after Walker.
Benji Dunn: Hold on. How did you get in the helicopter?
Ilsa Faust: What, you can fly a helicopter?
Luther Stickell: Did you say helicopter? What the hell are you doing in a helicopter?
Julia: How is he?
Luther Stickell: Oh, you know. Same old Ethan.
Solomon Lane: [to Ilsa] When the clock runs out, Ethan Hunt will lose everything and everyone he ever cared about.
August Walker: [to Ethan] Why won’t you just die?
Erica Sloan: [to Ethan] Per your request, I’m handing Solomon Lane back to MI6. Through a broker, of course. Part of our ongoing arrangement. After what happened in Paris, we prefer to keep a low profile. And that closes your friend’s account with British Intelligence. I understand now why Hunley believed in you. The world needs the IMF. We need people like you who care about the one life as much as they care about the millions. That way I never have to.
Ethan Hunt: You okay?
Ilsa Faust: [nods] You’ve never looked better.
Ethan Hunt: [chuckling] Don’t. Please.
Benji Dunn: How close were we?
Ethan Hunt: The usual.
Ilsa Faust: The usual?
Ethan Hunt: [chuckles] Please don’t make me laugh.