Where is Mission: Impossible — Fallout Taking Its Audience?
Mission: Impossible trailers always seem to be much darker than they are in the film. It’s interesting how much action and spectacle spy films can have and they aren’t completely as dark as their trailers portray. While that has been the case for many of the Mission: Impossible films, except maybe the third one and last one to an extent, the latest installment, Mission: Impossible — Fallout, could be going deeper than previous films do into the adventures of Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. Not only is it bringing back Hunt’s wife, Julia Meade-Hunt, played by Michelle Monaghan, into the picture, but it is playing on the idea of Cruise, perhaps, not wishing to accept a mission. As the film’s trailer opens up, Sean Harris’ Solomon Lane, the fallen leader of The Syndicate from the last film, he ponders whether Hunt has ever accepted a mission that he did not wish to take.
In each Mission: Impossible film, there’s always the saying: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” Lane states: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, I wonder did you ever choose not to?” It’s a very cryptic opening that the film’s writer/director, Christopher McQuarrie, is playing with. He’s taking a regularly established theme, where Hunt always goes on these wild adventures, and questions if there’s a chance our lead hero may not wish to. With the film set in the mountains and the initial advertising focused on darker colors, it may be signaling this film could be taking us into some newer territory.
JJ Abrams, one of the producers of the Mission: Impossible franchise and director of Mission: Impossible III, took his film into some darker and more personal territories with Hunt initially not being interested in getting back into the field after the events of Mission: Impossible II. It also introduced Hunt’s wife, who he goes onto marry during the film’s story. It was a personal story in that his personal life was threatened by Owen Davian, a black market dealer, played remarkably by Philip Seymour Hoffman. With Solomon Lane and the events that Hunt is about to face in Fallout, it might be something closer to what he faced in his third Mission: Impossible outing.
With the introduction of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as represented by Alec Baldwin’s Alan Hunley, now the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) Secretary, it doesn’t seem they’ll be going away. It appears their presence will be increasing in this film, with the introduction of Angela Bassett’s CIA director and Henry Cavill’s August Walker, presumably a CIA agent working with Bassett since most of the images and footage have those two characters together.
Presumably, Walker might not be on the up-and-up since he is seen firing a weapon at Hunt as the two duke it out in the air in two different aircraft. Hunt, of course, could be going rogue, as he so often does in most of the films, because he disagrees with the way the IMF or CIA are doing business. In fact, Luther Stickell, Hunt’s oldest and closest friend, played by Ving Rhames, the only other actor to be in every Mission: Impossible film, warns Hunt as he often does about the consequences of his choices. “Ethan, it’s not who we are,” Stickell tells Hunt. “Maybe, we need to reconsider that.”
That’s an exchange that happened in Mission: Impossible III when Davian pushed Hunt to the edge. Stickell became worried about his oldest friend and colleague being out in the field. This time around, it seems there may be reason to worry that Hunt truly has had enough with what’s been happening. Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn and Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust are back with the latter likely being connected again to the main points of the plot because of her previous relationship with The Syndicate.
Solomon Lane’s presence is notable and could bring The Syndicate into focus in a greater way than they were prior. The only person missing from the action is Jeremy Renner’s William Brandt, an important character to the last couple of films. Renner was unable to reprise his role because of scheduling conflicts with the latest two Avengers films. There’s no doubt he and his character will be back for future Mission films, as he’s remarked he enjoys them very much. As the countdown to July 27 comes closer, where the fuse is lit, audiences will have to wait with baited breath to see what trouble Hunt and his team get themselves into this time.
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