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Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Good God!"

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Fallout is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise (good God!) and stars Tom Cruise in the lead role who is 56-years old which is unbelievable. Normally, when any franchise is six films deep, we expect pretty mediocre stuff. Like, what's left to explore further right? But, the Fast and Furious franchise produced eight movies and they're still fun to watch and Mission: Impossible franchise falls into the same class where every film keeps getting better or are at least consistent when it comes to quality.

Nevertheless, the storyline kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his gang intercepting the sale of three plutonium cores and things go south, they lose the plutonium and Hunt goes on this insane mission to acquire these elements which involve running, racing, diving, and loads of zany stuff Cruise loves to do.

The Mission: Impossible franchise is well-known for its notorious action sequences and in the previous two films we've seen Cruise climb one of tallest buildings in the world (Burj Khalifa) and maniacally hang to the side of an A400M aircraft which is still breathtaking to watch. At this point with Cruise approaching his 60's and breaking an ankle in the midst of shooting the roof-top scene in London, I thought that this film might revert when it comes to action, but, bloody hell, it took two steps forward and delivered much more than I expected.

Tom Cruise who is upping the ante every time we see him in these movies once again proved why he's called The Greatest Action Movie Star of our generation by performing few awe-inspiring stunts which are spectacular and at the same time concerning to watch. Advertised and been told as the largest practical action film ever shot, I was astounded to see the amount of hard work, courage and dedication Tom Cruise and the entire crew had put through to entertain the audience and make the big-screen experience memorable. To name a few, the HALO jump, the helicopter scene in the climax felt incredibly special to watch cause it's in fact Cruise doing these deadly stunts without any help from a stunt-double.

Trampled with action scenes, the storyline of the movie was relatively underwhelming when compared to the previous two and although it had few twists and turns, for the most part, it was predictable. The characters excluding Hunt didn't have much of an impact as I anticipated more from Cavill, Ferguson, and Benji who felt like they're just present in the film.

Overall, Fallout is a magnificent theater experience permeated with mind-boggling action sequences that are totally worth your penny. Watch it on the biggest screen available and let Tom Cruise take care of the rest. This is undoubtedly the best action movie I've seen this year and rightfully deserves all the praise and acclaim that it's been receiving across the world.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Star Trek Beyond - Movie Review

Verdict - "A conventional summer blockbuster"

Directed by Justin Lin who previously directed the very recent Fast and Furious films, Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise and is willing to invoke the same global commercial success the first two films have been. 

After completing three out of five years in their exploration trip, the enterprise and the crew arrive at Yorktown to restock their supplies. Subsequently, the controllers in Yorktown track down a nearby alien ship heading their way and were confronted by an outsider who claims that she lost contact with her ship and the team. Disrupting their time off, the entire crew of the enterprise were dispatched on a rescue mission which is considered unsafe as the communication system inside the enterprise will disable when they enter the nearby nebula.

The progressive aspect of the overall film was the screenplay written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, the dynamic and the interaction between the characters of Spock and Bones, Kirk and Chekov, Scotty and Jayla were magnificently presented on-screen. Especially the humour, which was perfectly elongated throughout the film primarily through the performances of Karl Urban and Simon Pegg. 

But, the conventional storyline (although presented well) will make the film forgettable after its fruitful run. Sure, I had a good time watching this movie in the theatre, the action sequences were enjoyable and the CGI was noteworthy and it's an entertaining summer blockbuster, Yet, the striking enduring factor that I expect from a Star Trek movie was clearly missing.

Nonetheless, excluding few flaws which could've been easily improved, Star Trek Beyond is still a delightful movie to watch in a movie theatre and will surely bring in few staggering benefits to the studio and the franchise.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Movie Review

Verdict - "A staggering spy-action summer movie blocbuster."

Following the astonishing success of its predecessor "Ghost Protocol." "Rogue Nation" starring Tom Cruise in the lead role is the fifth film in the "Mission Impossible" franchise and customarily when you pick out a fifth movie from any franchise (except for Fast 5), it misses the mark unexceptionally. But, amazingly, MI 5 not only established the franchise remarkably for future its installments but it also made sure that the storytelling aspect of the movie was enhanced well, along with the action sequences. 

The storyline of the movie kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) trying to prove the existence of Syndicate (an anti-IMF), a group of trained and skillful assassins who are responsible for many tragic events happening around the world. With the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) now ceased from existence, will Hunt and his team succeed in their last operation?

The most noteworthy trait about MI 5 is that it joined all the good elements from the previous installments and assembled an incredible movie. Christopher McQuarrie's screenplay felt very reminiscent to the first Mission Impossible, where the uncertainty of the storyline was exceptionally done as it kept you guessing every time. In spite of few pacing issues from time to time, the movie made me engross into the situation really well and enthrall when needed. 

The action sequences in the movie were probably the best we've seen in any MI movie so far, as it all comes down about how well shot and choreographed the scene was. Thanks to McQuarrie, for the direction he chose to direct these scenes as they're plentiful of extraordinary spine-tingling action scenes that deserve an appreciation.

Tom Cruise never backs down when it comes to improving and topping himself in every single movie. The amount of hard work and effort that he put into his role was astounding and watching him ride a motorcycle or hanging on to the side of an Airbus A400M was incredible to watch. 

Simon Pegg is given a brief role and is allowed to show a much more emotional side of Benji, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames were decent in their supporting roles. But, Rebecca Ferguson's performance in the movie was a complete surprise for me. She was menacing and beautiful at the same time that helped her character connote more to the movie.

Nonetheless, "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" is a flawless example of a spy-action summer movie blocbuster with a well-developed plot, more gripping screenplay, and few staggering action sequences. Tom Cruise still proves that he is one of the best action movie star of our generation, MI 5 is a must watch!

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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