You can’t keep a good franchise down, or even a mediocre franchise down. But I kid Mission: Impossible. For the most part, the series has remained entertaining and perfect summer weekend viewing. But it’s one of those series that I don’t hear people clamoring for. One will come out; people will see it, enjoy it and then move on to the next action flick. It’s rare to hear someone say, “I can’t wait for the next Mission: Impossible. But that doesn’t keep Tom Cruise from going back to the well.
After Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sprung from a Russian prison, he finds himself involved in a new impossible mission. Agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and newly minted field agent Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) need his help to break into the Kremlin and steal some classified information. Of course things don’t go as planned and before you can say, “Didn’t this happen in the last three movies”, Hunt and his team are accused of a terrorist action and disavowed.
It’s all a plot by the diabolical Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist). This brilliant war strategist believes that nuclear war will bring about the next stage of world peace and human evolution. Now Hunt and his team are joined by the capable analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) to stop the mad man, and do it off the grid. But Brandt is hiding a secret and Hendricks is one step ahead. Can Hunt and his team survive all the chases, escapes, explosions, dust storms, building climbing and malfunctioning gadgets to save the world?
- Excellent direction by Brad Bird keeps the flick moving at a good pace
- Plenty of humor injected into the film, keeping everything fun
- Enjoyable musical score by Michael Giacchino
- Michael Nyqvist is underused in a flat role
- Some of the scenes break the laws of physics a bit too freely
- Tom Cruise is… Tom Cruise
This movie was a bit of an improvement over the last film. The pacing was perfect, the humor was a great addition and action scenes were intense and fun. However the main villain isn’t given much of a chance to shine here. Cruise is pretty much in his comfort zone , and that will not work for some viewers. But this outing was a fun evening’s viewing.
Scores (out of 5)