Mission: Impossible - Fallout Parent Guide
Older viewers who are looking for a summer escape should have a lot of fun with this film, without too much negative fallout.
Parent Movie Review
Mission Impossible: Fallout has roared into theatres to widespread excitement and breathless reviews. The sixth in the franchise, it follows Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in his attempts to save the world from yet another cataclysmic act of terror. (One of the most remarkable features of this movie is Cruise himself – apparently ageless, he is old enough to order off the senior’s menu at Denny’s but still performs most of his own stunts, even breaking his ankle while filming an action sequence in London.)
This installment opens with the usual Mission Impossible scene: Ethan Hunt receives a package containing details of his mission - should he choose to accept it. What follows is a whirlwind race against the clock to prevent the mysterious “Apostles” from assembling and detonating a pair of nuclear weapons. Ethan and his team, Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) head to Berlin to get stolen plutonium before the terrorists do. Forced to choose between the plutonium and Luther’s life, Ethan chooses Luther. Appalled that Ethan would let the radioactive material slip through his fingers, CIA Head, Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) insists that one of her handpicked agents, August Walker (Henry Cavill), babysit Ethan as he heads off to Paris to retrieve it.
Given that this franchise isn’t exactly new, viewers are likely to have a pretty good idea of what this movie is going to deliver. In fact, aficionados will probably be able to pick up the plot from the poster or trailer. That’s not to say this isn’t a fun action romp: it is the prototypical action movie. Explosions, breathtaking stunts, stunning location shots and larger-than-life megalomaniacal villains are the soup du jour of this nearly two and a half hour long thrill ride.
Compared to other offerings in the action genre, beside violent depictions, there are few other concerns. Profanity is infrequent except for one intense action sequence which tripled the money in my swear jar. The treatment of women here is also a refreshing change – instead of being bimbos in bikinis whose role is to be eye candy, bed mates, or damsels in distress, these female characters are strong, fully clothed women with careers, goals, and minds of their own. Other positive messages include a commitment to the rights of individuals, the importance of teamwork and loyalty, accepting what life gives you and getting to know yourself through adversity.
Parents considering Mission: Impossible – Fallout for family viewing should be aware that the PG-13 rating is fully merited: this film is not suitable for children. But its sterilized violence, moderate profanity, and minimal content issues make it a good date movie and a fun cinematic evening out for teenagers and adults. Viewers who are looking for a summer escape, and go in knowing what to expect, should have a lot of fun without too much negative fallout.Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby. Running time: 147 minutes. Theatrical release July 27, 2018. Updated April 28, 2020
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Rating & Content Info
Why is Mission: Impossible - Fallout rated PG-13? Mission: Impossible - Fallout is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language
Violence: This movie features non-stop shootouts, fist fights and knife fights. There are car and helicopter chases in which people are targeted with guns. People are injected with substances against their will on several occasions. Main characters are choked and hanged (cut down in time). A police convoy is ambushed and people are shot. Characters are shot, some in retaliation. A man is killed in a bathroom and blood is shown all over the floor. A truck rams a police vehicle into the river and a character comes close to drowning. Characters fight on a cliff face, one falls to his death. A main character throws two men out of a helicopter while it is in the air. There are multiple scenes of intense peril, including characters trying to defuse nuclear weapons.
Sexual Content: Characters joke about a possible threesome in a washroom stall. The language is not explicit.
Profanity: One sexual expletive is heard. A handful of terms of deity are used. Mild and moderate expletives are used infrequently, with the exception of an intense action sequence which features multiple moderate expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: There is no alcohol or drug use in this movie.
Page last updated April 28, 2020
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Parents' Guide
Ethan is haunted by the price his ex-wife has paid for his career. But at the end of the movie, she tells him, “I love what I do and I never would have found it if I hadn’t met you. It showed me who I am. I’m exactly where I should be and so are you.” How can learn from painful or unexpected events? How might these experiences help us to know ourselves better?
Ethan chooses Luther’s life over obtaining the plutonium – a decision which could potentially cost millions of lives. Do you think he made the right choice? Why or why not? The idea that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one” reflects the philosophy of utilitarianism. Do you believe this is true? Or are absolute moral standards? Do you think how we treat individuals is a more accurate measure of morality? - Utilitarian philosophy - The philosophy of individualism
Mission: Impossible – Fallout has stunning shots from Paris, London, and the Himalayas. Does watching this film make you want to visit any of these places? Why? Do you think watching movies influences our impressions of their locations?
News About "Mission: Impossible - Fallout"
Tom Cruise resumes his role as Ethan Hunt in this sixth adventure for the Mission Impossible team. This time, the operative is blamed for mishandling past assignments, and now someone wants to hold him personally responsible. To clear his name from these accusations, Hunt sets out on a quest that will cross paths with old friends and enemies. Along the way, the spy who has fallen out of favor begins to ask if it might also be time to fall out of the agency. After all, he has been trying to save the world for a long time, and no one seems very grateful for his efforts.
From the Studio:
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
- Paramount Pictures