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Mission: Impossible – Fallout
MI – Fallout.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by
Written by Christopher McQuarrie
Based on Mission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
Music by Lorne Balfe
Cinematography Rob Hardy
Edited by Eddie Hamilton
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • July 12, 2018 (2018-07-12) (Paris)
  • July 27, 2018 (2018-07-27) (United States)
Running time
147 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film[2] written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie after Rogue Nation (2015), making him the first person to direct more than one film in the franchise. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin, all of whom reprise their roles from previous films, while Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby join the franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team must outrun a CIA agent (Cavill) tasked with killing them after a mission goes wrong.

Talks for a sixth Mission: Impossible film began prior to the release of Rogue Nation in 2015. The film was officially announced in November 2015, with McQuarrie confirming his return as writer and director, as well as producer alongside Cruise, the sixth collaboration between the pair. Filming took place from April 2017 to March 2018, in Paris, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout had its world premiere in Paris on July 12, 2018 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 27, 2018. It will be the first in the series to be released in RealD 3D, and will also have an IMAX release. The film received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its cinematography, story, acting, action sequences, stunts, and musical score.[3][4] Many hailed it as the best installment in the series, with some considering it one of the greatest action films of all time.[5]


When an IMF mission ends badly and Solomon Lane escapes custody, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.



On May 23, 2015, The Tracking Board reported that Paramount Pictures was developing a sixth Mission: Impossible film with Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams for Bad Robot, and David Ellison and Dana Goldberg returning to produce the film for Skydance Media, along with Don Granger and Matt Grimm executive producing and Elizabeth Raposo overseeing development.[6] On July 28, 2015, Cruise confirmed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that a sixth film was already being developed, and he told Jon Stewart that the shooting of the film would start in summer 2016.[7] Later on August 2, 2015, Paramount's executive Rob Moore told Variety that the sequel was already in works, stating that they were "very happy to be developing this movie with Tom," and "there has to be another movie."[8] On November 19, 2015, it was announced that Paramount had again hired Christopher McQuarrie to write the film while it was possible that he would also direct the film, and the studio was moving fast with plans for shooting to start in August 2016.[9] On November 30, 2015, McQuarrie confirmed through his Twitter account that he would be back for directing duty as well, and would also produce the film along with Cruise.[10][11] On December 8, 2015, Showbiz411 confirmed that the fifth film's female lead, Rebecca Ferguson, would be returning for the sequel.[12]

On August 19, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Paramount had halted pre-production on the film due to dispute over salary between Cruise and the studio, which Cruise wanted to get equal or more what he was being paid by Universal Studios for the film The Mummy.[13] On September 16, THR confirmed that Cruise's dispute over salary with the studio had been resolved and the production would now begin in Spring 2017.[14] In November, Jeremy Renner—who portrayed William Brandt in Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation—stated that he was unsure if he would be part of the sixth film, due to scheduling conflicts with Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War (2018).[15] He later confirmed in March 2017 at CinemaCon that he will not return for the sixth film.[16]

In February, McQuarrie revealed that the film would include more backstory to Hunt's personal life.[17] On June 13, 2017, Michelle Monaghan was announced to return as Ethan Hunt's wife Julia Meade.[18]


Filming was slated to start in Paris on April 10.[19] Other locations include the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Norway.[20][21] Filming officially began on April 8, 2017.[22] Some of the filming was also taking place in New Zealand in July 2017.[23] The municipality of Forsand in Norway allowed the closing of Preikestolen for a time in autumn for the film's shoot; only crew members and cast were allowed to approach the mountain for nine consecutive days. They also were allowed up to 50 helicopter landings per day.[24] In August 2017, Cruise injured his right leg on the London set during filming.[25][26][27] Following his accident, the studio halted the production for at least nine weeks which would be taken to heal Cruise's broken ankle and other injuries, and released a statement saying that they would be keeping the July 2018 release date for the film. Filming resumed in early October 2017, with Tom Cruise spotted on set seven weeks after his initial injury, and two weeks earlier than initially planned.[28] Reshoots for Cavill's Justice League coincided with the schedule for Fallout, for which he had grown a mustache which he was contracted to keep while filming, so Justice League's VFX team was forced to use special effects to digitally remove it in post-production.[29] On January 25, 2018, the title was revealed to be Mission: Impossible – Fallout.[30] Filming concluded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 25, 2018.[31] The production in the UAE included filming of a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump scene with Cruise. The scene required Cruise and the crew training on a ground-based vertical wind tunnel, and then using a C-17 military aircraft to make over one hundred jumps from around 25,000 feet (7,600 m) to end up with three takes that McQuarrie wanted for the film. As the scene was to be set near sunset, they could only make one jump a day to try to get each shot.[32][33]


Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Lorne Balfe
Released July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)
Genre Film score
Length 100:45
Label La-La Land Records, Paramount Music
Producer Lorne Balfe, Queenie Li
Lorne Balfe chronology
Pacific Rim Uprising
(2018)Pacific Rim Uprising2018
Mission: Impossible chronology
Rogue Nation
(2015) Rogue Nation2015
(2018) Fallout2018

The musical score for Mission Impossible – Fallout was composed by Lorne Balfe. Balfe was confirmed by McQuarrie to be the composer for the film in April 2018, replacing the previous composer Joe Kraemer.[34]

The score has been applauded by some critics for being "action-packed" and its balance between heaviness and moody reveries;[35] some also considered it being to "Nolan-esque", comparing it to scores by Hans Zimmer.[36] The score implements the use of percussion, snares and bongos to create a jaunty staccato momentum.

The digital album was released through Paramount Music on July 14, 2018. The physical soundtrack will be released later in the month by La-La Land Records.

All music composed by Lorne Balfe.

No. Title Length
1. "A Storm Is Coming" 1:12
2. "Your Mission" 2:14
3. "Should You Choose to Accept..." 2:34
4. "The Manifesto" 1:44
5. "Good Evening, Mr Hunt" 4:19
6. "Change of Plan" 5:47
7. "A Terrible Choice" 2:54
8. "Fallout" 1:30
9. "Stairs and Rooftops" 6:00
10. "No Hard Feelings" 4:20
11. "Free Fall" 4:14
12. "The White Window" 4:42
13. "I Am the Storm" 2:07
14. "The Exchange" 5:54
15. "Steps Ahead" 1:02
16. "Escape Through Paris" 5:05
17. "We Are Never Free" 6:57
18. "Kashmir" 4:29
19. "Fate Whispers to the Warrior" 3:54
20. "And the Warrior Whispers Back" 3:56
21. "Unfinished Business" 1:49
22. "Scalper and Hammer" 5:10
23. "The Syndicate" 6:00
24. "Cutting on One" 3:42
25. "The Last Resort" 2:55
26. "Mission: Accomplished (Theme from Mission: Impossible by Lalo Schifrin)" 1:15


Mission: Impossible – Fallout is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 27, 2018, by Paramount Pictures in RealD 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D.[37] The first trailer was released on February 4, 2018, during Super Bowl LII, and a second one on May 16, 2018.[38] The film premiered in Paris on July 12, 2018.[39]


Box office

In the United States and Canada, Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be released alongside Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, and is projected to gross $48–65 million in its opening weekend.[40]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96% based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5/10, making it the best-reviewed entry of the series to date. The website's critical consensus reads, "Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible – Fallout lives up to the 'impossible' part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them."[41] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[42]

Variety's Peter Debruge called the film the series' most exciting installment to date, saying, "McQuarrie clearly believes in creating coherent set pieces: His combat scenes are tense, muscular, and clean, shot and edited in such a way that the spatial geography makes sense."[43] David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a grade of "A" and called it one of the best action films ever made, writing "He's only Tom Cruise because nobody else is willing to be — or maybe he's only Tom Cruise so that nobody else has to be. Either way, Fallout is the film he's always promised us, and it is worth the wait."[44] Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty also gave the film an "A" grade, commenting on Cruise that "He’s still Hollywood’s hungriest movie star", with the film getting "better, twistier and more deliriously fun with each installment".[45]

George Simpson of The Express complimented "the action is brutal and gut-punching, the pacing heart-pumping and the stakes so high it's gasp-inducing at times" adding, "Fallout is an improvement on all the previous films' failings, drawing together all the best aspects of them; simultaneously giving off that classic vibe of the original while never being afraid to continually evolve", and gave the film five out of five stars.[46] The Telegraph's Tim Robey summed up the film as "spectacular and eye-popping" deeming it "the blockbuster of the summer" with "a pleasingly sinuous plot" and calling the film and its series a "Bond-like franchise", also rating the film five out of five stars.[47]

Robert Abele of TheWrap described Cruise as an "evergreen movie star with the daredevil heart of a stuntman" and that he "puts every ounce of effort he can into the long, hard work of maintaining a blockbuster franchise".[48] The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy praised the director Christopher McQuarrie, saying that with Mission: Impossible - Fallout he "tops what he did with Cruise three years ago", and also singled out Vanessa Kirby for playing her character with "a mix of elegance and frisky abandon".[49] Screen Daily's Tim Grierson wrote "Tom Cruise is on fighting form in this thrilling franchise topper" and that he’s "ageless, riveting and seemingly unstoppable," further adding that "the sixth film in the series is among the most outstanding, delivering a near-exhausting amount of stupendous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes."[50]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film three out of five stars, saying "there isn't as much [humor] in the dialogue as before" but, it added: "Crashes and petrolhead spills are what this franchise is reasonably expected to deliver. And this is what it cheerfully does."[51]


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External links

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