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 (2018) 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 and Michelle Monaghan), in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Our Favorite Quotes:
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.
Benji: It’s entirely possible to be relaxed and extremely uneasy at the same time.
Ethan Hunt: No, it’s not.
Benji: You do it all the time.
Ethan Hunt: No, I don’t.
Benji: Yes, you do.
Luther: No, he doesn’t.
Luther: Benji, you’re perfectly safe.
Benji: That’s easy for you to say, you’re in the van.
Luther: Well, you wanted to be in the field, tough guy.
Benji: And tonight, Luther, I would like to be in the van!
Ethan Hunt: You okay?
Luther: I should be dead.
Benji: We should all be dead.
Ethan Hunt: Why aren’t we?
Ethan Hunt: [referring to Nils Debruuk] Give me five minutes with this guy.
Luther: 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!
Erika Sloane: 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.
Erika Sloane: Yes. They would. That’s the job.
Erika Sloane: 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.
Erika Sloane: 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.
Erika Sloane: I have already, and he agrees with me. My man goes, or no one goes.
'What's done is done when we say it's done.' - Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) Click To Tweet
Ethan Hunt: Open your chute when the system says, not before, and definitely not after, or the last thing that goes through your mind will be your kneecaps. Is that clear?
August Walker: Crystal.
August Walker: Can you still make a mask?
Ethan Hunt: I need a face to make a mask.
Ilsa Faust: Sorry. I was aiming for his chest.
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?
Ethan Hunt: You should’ve stayed out of the game.
Ilsa Faust: You should’ve come with me.
The White Widow: I’ll be honest with you, A man of your reputation, I was expecting someone uglier.
Ethan Hunt: Now don’t let looks deceive. Because I’m as ugly as they come.
Erika Sloane: Why would Hunt turn?
August Walker: Why did Lane do it? Why did any of his Apostles? They were believers in a cause. And when that cause turned out to be a lie, they turned against their masters. 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?
August Walker: [referring to Lane] You’re the guy that caught him, aren’t you? How long do you think he’s going to keep that to himself?
Ethan Hunt: We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.
'Hope is not a strategy.' - August Walker (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) Click To Tweet
August Walker: The name’s Walker, by the way.
Benji: Was the little car your idea?
Benji: [to Lane, as he’s about to cut out the tracker in his neck] Let me just assure you, this won’t hurt enough.
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: Strange accusation coming from a terrorist.
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: Oh, and I suppose that justifies bombing factories, or bringing down civilian aircraft. Or strapping me into an explosive vest.
Lane: Consider it unfinished business, my funny little friend.
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.
'I'm exactly where I should be. And so are you.' - Julia (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) Click To Tweet
Ethan Hunt: Are you okay? Ilsa, I never wanted to hurt you.
Ilsa Faust: I know you have your reasons. I know.
Ethan Hunt: You need to walk away.
Ilsa Faust: I can’t do that.
Ethan Hunt: Why did they send you?
Ilsa Faust: This is how I prove my loyalty. This is how I come home.
Ethan Hunt: But you were out. You were free.
Ilsa Faust: We are never free.
Ilsa Faust: [to Ethan, referring to Lane] I will get to him one way or another. Please don’t make me go through you.
Ethan Hunt: Mr. Secretary.
Alan Hunley: I prayed to God that it wasn’t true.
Benji: 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.
Ethan Hunt: [referring to Ilsa] She tried to kill Lane. She has no choice.
Benji: And she will kill me!
Ethan Hunt: I’m not going to let that happen.
Benji: Ethan, how exactly are you not going to let that happen?
Ethan Hunt: I’m working on it.
Benji: Oh, he’s working on it.
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?
Alan Hunley: [referring to Walker] 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.
'We need people like you who care about the one life, as much as they care about the millions.' - Erika Sloan (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) Click To Tweet
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?
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!
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.
Lane: Yes, it is.
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…
Lane: [as Walker realizes that that this may not the real Lane] What?
Benji: [as Walker rips the mask revealing Benji] It’s just the job. No hard feelings.
Erika Sloane: I don’t appreciate being used, Walker.
Luther: Oops. Bad boy.
Benji: [as he’s tracking Ethan] Why is he running in circles?
Benji: Go straight. Go straight, straight, straight, straight. Okay, now turn right.
Ethan Hunt: [stops in the middle of the office] Right? Now?
Benji: Yes, right!
Ethan Hunt: [sees the office windows on the right] Are you sure?
Benji: [looks at his tablet, turns it around] Yes, I’m… No, it’s left! Turn left! Sorry, I had the screen-lock on.
Benji: What are you waiting for?
Ethan Hunt: I’m jumping out a window!
Benji: What do you mean, you’re jumping out of a… Oh, sorry. I had it in 2D. Good luck.
Benji: That’s a five-megaton nuclear device. That’s greater than all the explosive energy released in World War II.
Luther: To disarm it, normally we’d cut the fuse wire here.
Ilsa Faust: What, “normally”?
Benji: The countdown is started by a remote detonator, which is also a fail-safe.
Meaning once the countdown starts, it can’t be stopped.
Ilsa Faust: So the solution to this is?
Benji: We’re working on it.
Ilsa Faust: So, technically, this is a suicide mission.
Luther: 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: No, he was.
Ilsa Faust: Was? What happened to her?
Luther: 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: [referring to Julia] Where is she now?
Luther: 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: 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] The CIA’s been infiltrated. I don’t trust anybody outside of this room. We’re going to have to go it alone.
Ilsa Faust: [referring to Ethan as he’s about jump onto a helicopter] What the hell is he doing?
Benji: I find it best not to look!
Ethan Hunt: [takes over a helicopter to chase after Walker] Benji, do you copy?
Benji: [over earpiece] Ethan! Ethan, where are you?
Ilsa Faust: I’m in a helicopter going after Walker.
Benji: Hold on. How did you get in the helicopter?
Ilsa Faust: What, you can fly a helicopter?
Luther: Did you say helicopter? What the hell are you doing in a helicopter?
Julia: How is he?
Luther: Oh, you know. Same old Ethan.
Luther: We need to find that other bomb now.
Julia: Did you just say “other bomb”?
Lane: [to Ilsa] You can’t stop it. Do you understand? There’s nothing he can do. 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?
Ethan Hunt: I’m sorry for everything. I…
Julia: Look at me. Look at me. Look at my life. I love what I do, and I never would have found this if I hadn’t met you. And everything that happened, it taught me who I am. It showed me what I am capable of, and I am a survivor.
Ethan Hunt: But what happened here, it was my…
Julia: Nothing happened. Because you were here. And I sleep soundly at night knowing you always will be.
Ethan Hunt: You’re happy?
Julia: Very. I’m exactly where I should be. And so are you.
Erika Sloane: [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.
Benji: How close were we?
Ethan Hunt: The usual.
Ilsa Faust: The usual?
Ethan Hunt: Please don’t make me laugh.